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Kerala Fish Curry- Meen Mulakittathu.


  1. Fish-medium size pieces-500 gms
  2. Mustard seeds-1/4 tsp
  3. Fenugreek seeds-1/4 tsp
  4. Curry leaves-2 sprigs
  5. Shallots,sliced-4 to 5 nos
  6. Ginger,crushed-1.5 tsp
  7. Garlic,crushed-1.5 tsp
  8. Kashmiri chili powder-1.5 to 2 tbsp( see notes)
  9. Coriander powder-1/2 to 1 tbsp( see notes)
  10. Turmeric powder-1/2 tsp
  11. Fenugreek powder-1 pinch
  12. Fish Tamarind(Kudampuli)-soaked in water-2 to 3 small pieces
  13. Water-1 cup(more if required,see notes)
  14. Salt-to taste
  15. Oil-as required


  • Heat oil in manchatti ( clay pot) and add mustard seeds,let it splutter.Add fenugreek seeds and saute for few seconds.
  • Add curry leaves,shallots,ginger and garlic.Saute until shallots turn golden brown.
  • Reduce the flame to low and add kashmiri chili powder,coriander powder,turmeric powder and fenugreek powder.Mix well.Saute for about 5 minutes ,stirring continuously until the colour changes to a deep maroon.( make sure you do not burn the masala,or else the curry will taste bitter)
  • Add water and fish tamarind ( kudampuli),bring it to a boil.
  • Add fish pieces and salt to taste.
  • Cover and cook over a medium heat ,until fish is cooked and gravy is thick.
  • Remove from heat and keep covered for at least one hour for the flavors to blend in.
Serve with rice or kappa (tapioca) vevichathu .


  • If you feel that the curry is a bit too tangy,remove the kokum pieces.
  • Adjust the spice level according to your taste.Kashmiri chili powder gives a nice red colour to the curry without being too spicy.I used about 2 tbsp of kashmiri chili powder.If you are using regular chili powder,use according to your spice level.
  • If you want to keep the curry for more than one day,avoid using coriander powder.
  • Adjust the quantity of water according to amount and consistency of the gravy that you require.I used about 1 and 1/4 cups of water.

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    Sayantani Mahapatra Mudi
    August 9, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    love Kerala fish curry and that picture with kappa made my mouth water.

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    Anupa Joseph (Palaharam)
    August 9, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    Wow…love fish curry..that alone is enough to have stomach full of rice.

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    August 9, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    wow..lovely clicks 🙂

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    Happy’s Cook
    August 10, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    wow, all ur recipes and clicks are awesome…

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    August 10, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    Kerala food is just so flavorful and it. I like how you've made it in a traditional kadai..

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    November 3, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    Good. Looks so tempting to eat straight.

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    Libin Koshy
    November 13, 2013 at 7:50 pm


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    January 28, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    valara nanni for your recipe, it's very nice. all the best

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    April 4, 2014 at 6:29 am

    hi just want to know the reason for the coriander spice what does it do to the curry the next day thks GOD BLESS U for sharing all the recipes. thks

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      July 17, 2014 at 6:11 pm

      Hi Zubair!!! Thank you for your kind words!!
      Coriander powder tend to spoil the curry faster,especially in hotter climates….
      Happy Cooking

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    June 10, 2014 at 6:01 am

    dont do this to us!!!!!!!!!!!! your pics are just too much for me to ….arg! yummy

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    July 3, 2014 at 7:26 am

    just love ur dishes. its made my most determined daughter eat fish for the first time and its made me go looking for some more Malayali friends. u guys really rock with ur healthy recipes. thanx once again.

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      July 17, 2014 at 6:13 pm

      Thank you Christabell!!!Sooo happy that ur lil one enjoyed it….Thanks a lot for the feedback dear…

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    February 4, 2017 at 4:52 am

    OMG!its looks the same as my mom prepared in home..Fish mulakittath is one of her special dish..we really liked this one..Its really looks like a Homely Dish.Nice.

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    February 21, 2017 at 5:51 am

    Hi…I prepared this curry for my hubby..I am a pute vegetatian but luv 2 cook for him…the result was amazing..he loved it…it's very difficult to please him..he just wouldn't compromise on the taste..he said it was finger licking good..Thx a lot..luv u..

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