Sunday, July 28, 2013

Meen Kuzhambu - Step by Step | Spicy Fish Gravy | Amma Special Meen kuzhambu | South Indian Fish Gravy | Fish Recipes | Kuzhambu Recipes

Fish Gravy
Meen Kuzhambu / Spicy Fish Gravy - When I think of meen kulambu, I always have the feel that my mothers is the best. Not sure whether it is of the love and affection, she add along with her cooking or it is because of the experience or the both. After marriage, though I used to ask her the recipe and do the same what she says, I feel the taste never comes like hers. Though I am little bit ok now a days, still my Father says, my type meen kuzhambu, is different from my moms.  Last sunday I cooked Kerala Style Prawn Roast and Masala Fish Fry and I asked my mother to cook this meen kuzhambu and noted down each and every measurements and steps and I am sharing with you all.

You can also view other Fish Recipes below...
Masala Fish Fry
Anchovies Fish Fry
Anchovies Dry Fish Fry
Restaurant Style Sura Puttu
Pomfret Fry
Fish Fry

Now lets see how to cook, My Mothers Special Meen kuzhambu..
Spicy Fish Gravy

How to make Meen Kuzhambu / Spicy Fish Gravy

Preparation time: 30 min | Cook Time: 30min | Serves:5
Recipe Category: Main Course | Recipe Cuisine: South Indian

To Grind
Cumin Seeds - 1 tsp
Black Pepper corns - 1 tsp
Shallots / Small onion - 10
Tomato - 1

To Marinate
Fish Pieces - 15 (I used Sankara Fish)
Chilli powder - 1 tsp
Coriander powder - 1 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
Salt - 1/2 tsp

For Gravy
Oil - 3 tsp
Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
Fenugreek seeds - 1/2 tsp
Curry Leaves - 12 to 15
Onion - 1 big (chopped finely)
Tomato - 1 big (chopped finely)
Chilli powder - 1/2 tsp
Coriander powder - 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/4tsp
Salt - 1/4 tsp
Hot water - 3 cups
Tamarind Pulp - 1 cup (Extracted from 2 gooseberry/amla sized tamarind)
Coriander leaves for garnishing.

Meen Kuzhambu Recipe

Lets see the cooking method of Meen Kuzhambu.
How to make Fish gravy

1. Wash the fish with water thoroughly and again with salt and keep it ready.
2. Soak the tamarind in hot water for 10 to 15 min at least and extract the pulp.
3. Now take the washed fish in a big bowl and add the chilli powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder and salt.
4. Mix them well, so that they are well coated and let it marinate for 30 to 40 min.
5. Now in a mixer, add the cumin seeds, black pepper.
6. Add the onions and the Tomato. 
7. Grind to coarse paste without any water and keep it ready.
8. In the Kadai / wok, add the oil, and when the oil is hot, add in the cumin seeds, fenugreek seeds.
 9. When they turn light brown colour, add the onions and fry for a min or till they becomes traslucent. ( Plz add the curry leaves at this stage. As I forgot to add, added in the 12th step. )
10. Now add in the tomatoes and saute them well.
11. When they are soft add the chilli powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder and salt.
12. Add in the curry leaves and saute for another minute.
13. Add in the ground paste and saute till the raw smell goes off from the onion.
14. Add the tamarind pulp and let it boil,
15. Add the fish pieces now and let it cook nicely.
16. If the gravy is thick, add some hot water and let it boil for 15 to 20 min.
17. When the oil starts oozing out from the gravy, add the coriander leaves and switch off the stove.
18. Spicy Fish Gravy is now ready.

Meen Kulambu Recipe

Fish gravy step by step

Delicious and Mouth Watering Meen kuzhambu / Spicy Fish Gravy is ready to be served. 
Enjoy it with hot rice.....

48 lovely comments:


Wow! Simply delicious and flavorful! I love the step-by-step clicks! :)


meen kulambu looks fabulous

Nava K

Another round of another delicious fish dish. Yum to the thick curry with the fish pieces inside and yes, mums have the best recipes.


finger licking kulambu to try for weekend....yummy with hot rice


umm delicious and loved the step by step instruction :)

Priya Anandakumar

Super delicious meen kuzhambu Akila I love it...


Looks delish..feel like digging into it.

Menaga Sathia

mouthwatering fish kuzhambu,looks sooo delicious!!


This looks so good! What would you recommend as a side dish??

Sangeetha Priya

droolworthy kulambu with loads of step wise pictures, love it :-)

Angie's Recipes

wow I want that gravy! So good!


semma tempting dear :) pass me the bowl :)


I love it.. I must have fried appalams along with this Kuzhambu.:)

Divya A

Wow that looks fabulous, loved the fish pieces peeping out of the curry :) Nice clicks Akila..


Super meen kuzhambu ! looks very flavorful and delicious !


Nice color. hope u njoyed well..

Sona - quick picks/pick quicks

yummy yummy kulambu, Akila. very nice. hey ! i have got something for you . hop over to my space. 3 things, u get...2 awards and...a hug !!! ;) Have a great day ahead !


Delicious meen kuzhanbu and mouthwatering presentation.


looks so yum.
but what is sankara fish?


Beautiful looking curry

Shama Nagarajan

inviting dear


adorable curry...bright colors and the tamarind is so well balanced:-)


Woow Simply Superb, both in narration as well as click..


yumm, This looks delicious, a must try. Whats the english name for sankara fish? Can I use tuna or a bigger fish for this?

Suja Manoj

Tempting fish kulambu,looks so delicious.


mouthwatering meen kuzambu


Spicy Fish Gravy is very simple and testy,

i love "tamarind" idea in this recipe


warrior venkat

Thanks for step by step instruction. Its smell great, about to eat. Thank you


I've tried it buddy, the taste is awsome. Thank you.


I've tried it buddy, the taste is awsome. Thank you.


Wow stunning! Hi I have an event at my blog do check out if you can keep Blogging!


Thanks for the detailed step by step instructions. Tried it today and it was ok. Felt cumin flavour over dominated the recipe, otherwise it was fine.


Hi mprem123, Thanks for trying out my recipe... By the way how much cumin seeds you have added?? Is it 1 tsp or 1 tbsp?? If you have added 1 tsp and you still do not like cumin seeds flavor then reduce it to half and try again...


Thanks Akila mam. First time ever I tried out and the kulambu tasted well all told me. I'm a vegetarian and just cook for the sake of my family. Thanks for the recipe.


Thanks for trying the kulambu Pinku. Hope your family loved.


I tried this recipe..... super......
Thanks a lot......


Tried this gravy it's simply superb. It' was spicy and delicious:)


Last Saturday I tried this recipe and came out very well. And today I tried I became expert meen kulambu expert. Thank u so much simple steps of cooking method and clear pictorial.


Tried it multiple times and everytime it came out yummy .. Grinding the onion raw is new to me .. One of my aunts used to do it this way and I just loved it .. Followed your recipe and it came out very tasty


If we cook fish for just 5_6 mins .. That will be good. 15mins means overcooked.. Taste was awesome


I came all the way down searching for this comment. Fish usually cooks in 3-4 minutes anything over that will break the fishes or if the cooking is beyond the breaking stage it will get overcooked and become hard.

Also it is better to roast the chilli powder before marinating so that we can avoid the raw smell of the chilli powder.


Hi, Thanks for trying this recipe...


Thank you Sudha for trying my recipe...


Thanks a lot Renuka for trying out the recipe. Hope everyone enjoyed.


Hi Buji... some fishes need more time. Also in our family we love the fish with its gravy fully gone inside the fish. That's y, after 6 or 7 min, start cooking in less flame.


Hi this is jhanani I did the kulumbu so nice.


dear,i did this and came out so well.thanks so much. i always follow your fish last i added few coconut strand mixed with some water .it was so tasty. try this last step also.


Wow delicious fish kulambu. I tried it yummy it's awesome. Thank you for this recipe.

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