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Fish in Tamarind Curry (Meen kulambu)

Sanghi's picture
This Fish curry is very easy and tasty. A south-indian dish that tastes great prepared with any kind of fish. Try and enjoy!!
  Fish pieces 6
  Tamarind juice 1 1⁄2 Cup (24 tbs)
  Gingelly oil 5 Teaspoon
  Fenugreek seeds 1 Teaspoon (methi)
  Red chilli powder 3 Teaspoon
  Turmeric powder 1 Teaspoon
  Coriander powder 4 Teaspoon
  Grated coconut 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Fennel seeds 1 Teaspoon
  Pearl onion 10 , unpeeled and chopped
  Tomato 1 , finely chopped
  Green chilly 1 , slit lengthwise
  Salt To Taste
  Curry leaves 14 (1 string)

1. Clean the Fish well and keep aside.
2. Grind the coconut with fennel seeds, 3 pearl onions in to a fine paste and keep aside.
3. Heat oil in kadai, add the fenugreek seeds and saute till light brown.
4. Add the onions, green chilly, curry leaves and saute till transparent and then add the tomatoes and saute for 2mins.
5. Now add turmeric powder, red chilly powder, coriander powder, salt and saute for a min.
6. Add the grinded coconut paste and saute a 2mins till the raw smell goes(careful not to burn the masala).
7. Add the tamaind juice and 2 cups of water and adjust taste. Let it boil well for 5-8mins.
8. When the curry gets the right cosistency, keep the flame high and drop the fish pieces one by one slowly and boil for 5mins.
9. Garnish with cilantro and serve.

Tastes great with hot white rice. Enjoy!

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Main Dish
Preparation Time: 
10 Minutes
Cook Time: 
20 Minutes
Ready In: 
30 Minutes
Fish in tamarind curry (Meen kulambu)

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 490 Calories from Fat 215

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 24 g37.3%

Saturated Fat 9.8 g48.8%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 96 mg32%

Sodium 998.1 mg41.6%

Total Carbohydrates 51 g17.1%

Dietary Fiber 6.7 g26.9%

Sugars 11.3 g

Protein 24 g47.1%

Vitamin A 28% Vitamin C 28.8%

Calcium 9.6% Iron 15.3%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet


tanya3286's picture
hi Sanghi...very interesting recipe! I think I had something like this when I was on a month long trip touring south India... the food was great and refreshing.. will try this out.. nice surprise finding this recipe :)
safaa's picture
Hi Sanghi .... tried out this recipe. It was a big hit . Thank you.
GTG's picture
Hi Sanghi, It is a excellent recipe, i tried it for the first time, it turned out to be a big success. Thank you.
Tharini's picture
Loved it! Thank you so much! The only change I made was to make it with coconut milk instead of grated coconut. My husband loves it as do I :)
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