Saturday 19 May 2012

Delicious Fish Curry / Meen Kuruma

Am happy to announce that this is my 100th post:) Thanks for all the lovely support dear friends. 

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Delicious Fish Curry / Meen Kuruma, is a recipe that I noted down from a TV cookery show long ago. I have a habit of jotting down all recipes in a diary be it attractive or not, then use it someday later. After trying the recipe I make a rating by the side of the recipe. This rating helps me later on to decide whether to try this recipe again or not. Similarly I tried this long ago written recipe today and it came out delicious. I had skipped this recipe many times, but today I pushed myself to give it a try. It was so delicious, this curry goes well with Rice, Dosa, Chapathi, Poori etc. The rich flavor comes from the cashews, and coconut used. Lets take a look at the preparation. I used Sankara fish/Red snapper its very delicious or you can use Seer fish, Barracuda, Anchovies, Butter fish or any other fish variety.


  1. Fish pieces - 6 (I used Sankara fish/Red snapper, approximately 2-3 fishes) 
  2. Coconut - 1/2 of a small coconut (or) 10 pieces 1 inch sized 
  3. Tamarind - 1 inch sized ball
  4. Big Onion - 1 
  5. Tomato - 1
  6. Ginger-Garlic paste - 1 spoon 
  7. Coriander leaves - a handful 
  8. Curry leaves - Few 
  9. Red chilli powder - 3 spoon (2 spoons for lesser spiciness) 
  10. Coriander powder - 2 spoons 
  11. Cashew nuts - 6 or 8 
  12. Poppy seeds - 1 spoon 
  13. Fennel seeds - 1/2 spoon
  14. Bay leaf - 1  
  15. Salt 
  16. Oil - 5 spoons 


  • Wash fish pieces well. (click here to know how to clean fishes properly)
  • Make a fine paste of the following;
      • Coconut pieces + Poppy seeds + Cashews 
  • Soak tamarind in a cup of water for 15 minutes and extract the juice from it and set aside.
  • Meanwhile chop onions and tomatoes.
  • In a pan add oil, after it heats up add fennel seeds, bay leaf, curry leaves, chopped onions and saute well till the onion gets cooked well and becomes slightly brownish.
  • Then add salt and ginger garlic paste and saute well until the raw smell leaves.
  • Now add the tomatoes and mix well till it turns pulpy and gets mixed well.
  • Add the dry powders, red chilli powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder and stir well.
  • Add the coconut paste and mix well, till the raw smell leaves. 
  • Then add the tamarind extract and stir well.
  • Cook for 2 minutes on low flame.
  • Add the washed fish pieces and cook for another 3-5 minutes or until the fishes gets cooked.
  • Finally add chopped coriander leaves.
  • Then remove from flame and serve!!

TIP 1: Do not stir the curry after adding the fish pieces, otherwise the fish will break easily.

TIP 2: Add coconut milk if you dont want to add coconut pieces. While making the paste see that it is very fine or else it won't come out well. This rule applies for every fish gravy preparation.

TIP 3: Soak cashews and poppy seeds in hot water for 30 minutes and then make a paste out of it, if you are going to add coconut milk instead of coconut pieces.

Delicious Fish Curry / Meen Kuruma is now ready. Enjoy the rich flavored curry with Rice or any bread varieties.

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  1. Yummy curry.. love it with plain rice and appalams.

  2. Yeah Shobha tastes good with Rice..Thanks for the lovely comment :)

  3. wow.....delicious...the gravy is looking so very good...nice.

  4. wow.....delicious...the gravy is looking so very good...nice.

  5. Thank you so much Simran :)

  6. great recipe.. Congrats on your 100th post Divya.. Happy blogging.. waiting for ur event as well..

  7. Thank you Poorni :) Do participate in the event too :)

  8. Wow that was very tempting n spicy one..... Congrats on ur 100th post dear....

    Event: Dish name starts with L

  9. Thank you so much Akila :)

  10. Kuruma with fish is very new dear. Looks so delicious...lovely pot too.

  11. Congrats on ur 100th post,keep rocking gal.. Btw fish kuruma looks irresistible and makes me drool.

  12. Thangai, congratulations!
    I never thought to count my posts but now I'm very curious and I will soon.
    You've done a very good job on your blog and I'm looking forward for many more lovely posts from you!
    Good luck and keep up the great things you do!


  13. Congrats on your 100th post dear..curry looks very tempting..superb!

  14. Just mouthwatering...looks so easy to prepare and delicious!

  15. 1ooth post - wow! Way to go! That is a very nice milestone to celebrate!

  16. Congrats on your 100 post..great going!!meen kuruma looks delicious:-)
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  17. Thank you so much Julie :)

  18. Hello dear Divya I just wanted to stop by and check on you and found one of my favorite Indian recipe fish curry!!!! that one I will try very soon and will let you know how it goes!!
    Congratulation on your 100th post and I wish you the best.
    I like the new look of your blog too:)

    Kelthum~ Sun Cuisine

  19. Congrats divya :)Fish curry is just awesome n delicious..will try it for sure asap :)

  20. Hi divya, would you know the names of all the fish in English and translate it tamil for me please? Or if you could direct me to a website it would me great. Thank you in advance.

    1. Hi there, i will make a post as soon as possible until then you can check out this list hope it helps :)

  21. Nice curry which spoon did you use tablespoon or teaspoon? Please tell the onion and tomotto and tamarind in grams

    1. Hi Kamalaveni use a teaspoon. A tamarind ball of approximately 6 grams will do, tomatoes and onions you can use 100 grams each.

  22. Hi divya, I try this it's came out very well, my kids are very much like this.
    I have one doubt generally two onion and three tomotto and coconut are how many in grams or cup please clarify that


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