07 January 2015

Meen Thenga Aracha Curry | Fish In Coconut Gravy

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Meen Thenga Aracha Curry

Kerala style fish cooked in coconut sauce.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 30 minutes
Serves: 4 to 5
  1. Fish- 10 to 12 medium pieces, aprox 400 gms( see notes)
  2. Fish tamarind /Kudampuli - 3 to 4 small pieces( or according to taste)
  3. Ginger,finely chopped - 2 tsp
  4. Garlic,finely chopped - 2 tsp
  5. Green chilies,cut vertically - 2( or according to taste)
  6. Curry leaves - 2 to 3 sprigs
  7. Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  8. Fenugreek seeds - 1/4 tsp
  9. Shallots,sliced - 3 to 4
  10. Water - as required
  11. Salt - to taste
  12. Coconut oil - as required
For Coconut paste:
  1. Grated coconut- 1 cup
  2. Cumin seeds - 1/8 tsp
  3. Shallots - 4,small
  4. Coriander powder - 1/2 tsp
  5. kashmiri chili powder - 1 tbsp( or according to taste)
  6. Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
  7. Water - as required

  • Grind together all the ingredients listed under ' for coconut paste' adding sufficient quantity of water to form a smooth paste.Keep aside until required.
  • Soak tamarind in water until required.Heat oil in a manchatti /pan, add ginger,garlic,green chilies and few curry leaves.Saute for few seconds or until raw smell leaves.
  • Next add the prepared coconut paste and mix well.Add sufficient quantity of water,soaked tamarind .
  • Add salt to taste and mix well.Bring this to a boil and add the fish .Gently swirl the pan.
  • Cover and cook until fish is cooked.
  • Remove the lid and cook for few more minutes or until the gravy turns slightly thick.Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds,let it splutter.Next add fenugreek seeds and saute for few seconds.Finally add shallots and remaining curry leaves. 
  • Fry until shallots turn golden brown.Pour this over the curry and switch off the stove.Gently swirl the pan , cover and keep aside for at least 15 minutes for the flavors to mingle.Serve with rice.
    • You can use king fish,pomfret,pearl spot,mackrel,threadfin bream/ kilimeen,barracuda or any other firm fish.


    1. this looks exceptional. cant wait to make it.

    2. Awesome recipe..u have perfection in measuring ingredients mix..thanks to you.I had a sumptuous meal when I made this curry few days back.

      1. Thank You for your kind words Bharathi meena.Glad that you liked the curry.
        Happy cooking

    3. Tried. Very nice. Thanks 4 the recipe


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