Sunday, May 03, 2009

Meen Kuzhambu

Traditional South Indian Fish Curry

First time I had tried this dish being inspired by my cousin and another friend's Tamil Nadu style traditional Meen Kuzhambu a few years ago. I have improvised this to my current style of cooking.

Ingredients: Quantity
Fish 750 gms
Onion 1 nos
Garlic Chopped 8-10 nos
Green Chili 1 nos
Tamarind Paste 2 tbsp
Salt To taste
Oil 2 tbsp
Spice Paste:
Small Onions/Shallots 8-10 nos
Large Tomatoes 2 nos
Red Chili Powder 1 tbsp
Coriander Powder 1 tbsp
Turmeric Powder 1 tsp
Cumin Seeds 1 tsp
Fennel Seeds 1 tsp
Fenugreek Seeds 1 tsp
Grated Coconut (Optional)* 1 tbsp
Curry Leaves 5-6 leaves
Mustard Seeds 1 tsp
Fenugreek Seeds 1/2 tsp
Urad Dal 1 tsp
Curry Leaves One Strand
Coriander Leaves To Garnish

1) Clean fish and add little salt and half a tsp turmeric powder and set aside.
2) Heat oil in a pan and fry cumin, fennel and fenugreek seeds and add the small onion and fry for 3-4 mins and grind it with the remaining ingredients for spice paste.
3) Heat oil in a sauce pan and add the ingredients for tempering and once the mustard splutters add the finely chopped onions and garlic.
4) Add the ground spice paste and sauté well for 3-4 mins and then add the tamarind paste and add water to get it into medium consistency. Let it boil for 10 mins.
5) Add the fish into the curry and let it cook for 10 - 12 mins or until the fish is well cooked.
6) Garnish with chopped coriander and serve it with steamed rice.

* Kuzhambu tastes as good without the coconut. It gives slightly a different taste.

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