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South Indian Fish Curry Recipe-An Amazingly delicious and different Fish Curry Recipe

South Indian Fish Curry Recipe, Meen Kulamu

A tasty South Indian Fish Curry Recipe which is simple to make and delicious to devour.
Course Fish
Cuisine Indian
Keyword south indian fish curry
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
cooling time 10 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 3 people
Calories 390kcal
Author Fareeha


  • 500 gms fish cut into pieces of your choice

For roasting

  • 1/2 tsp rice
  • 1 tsp jeera/cumin seeds
  • 1/4 tsp fenugreek seeds
  • 1/2 tsp chana dal

For making the fish curry

  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 3 sprigs of curry leaves
  • 2 green chili chopped
  • 2 onions chopped
  • 2 tomatoes chopped
  • 3 tbsp coconut
  • 2 tsp red chili powder
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp salt (or to taste)
  • 2 tbsp tamarind pulp mixed with water
  • 2 tbsp coriander leaves chopped


Preparing masala for fish curry

  • Dry roast the rice, jeera/cumin seeds, fenugreek seeds and chana dal till they are lightly toasted,about a minute. Allow to cool.
  • In a blender, add this cooled spices, onion, coconut, and tomato make a smooth paste. Set aside.

Preparing the South Indian Fish Curry

  • Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds. When the mustard seeds start spluttering add the curry leaves. 
  • Next add in the ground paste, red chili powder, turmeric powder, salt, tamarind water and fish. Mix gently.
  • Add the coriander leaves and green chili. Bring it to a boil high heat. Reduce the flame, and cook covered on simmer.
  • Turn off the stove when the color of the green chili has changed and the oil starts floating in the gravy. Garnish with coriander leaves before serving.



Cleaning the fish
  • Cut and wash the fish thoroughly.
  • Add turmeric powder and rinse for the final time.
  • Next, add in some turmeric powder and salt and toss well to coat. Allow this fish to rest for sometime before cooking. 
  • This will help the salt to be fully absorbed in the fish.
Few things to remember
  • You can either use tamarind paste or soak a lemon is sized ball of tamarind in water. 
  • The roasted ingredients can be powdered in a coffee grinder before blending with onion and coconut. 
The following are only estimates and not actuals: