Kerala Red Fish Curry || Meenu Mulakittathu|| Fish curry with Kodampuli
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A fiery hot and tangy fish curry that will blow you away with the tantalizing flavors! Fish cooked in a red chilli and kodampuli flavored sauce and tempered with coconut oil! Tastes wonderful with rice or yucca!
Recipe type: Main Course
Cuisine: Kerala Cuisine
Serves: 3-4
  • 8-10 pieces of fish - King Mackerel(Surma) or Shark (Sraav)or any other similar fish
For ground masala paste:
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • ½ tsp fenugreek seeds (methi or 'uluva')
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • ½ inch long piece of fresh ginger (optional)
  • 1 tsp of black peppercorns
  • 2 tsp red chilli powder (add more for extra hot)
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • ½ tsp coriander powder (optional)
  • 1½ tsp salt
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 -3 pieces of kodapuli soaked in ½ cup water (or you can use tamarind extract 1 tbsp )
For the tempering or tadka:
  • 2 tsp coconut oil
  • 2 pearl onions or ¼ of a small red onion, chopped fine
  • 4-5 fresh curry leaves
  1. In a cooking pot (preferably an earthen pot), add the cleaned pieces of fish.
  2. Grind the ingredients under 'Masala paste' in a food processor using ½ cup water to get thick paste. Add this to the pot with the fish. Add additional 1 cup water to the pot. Add the salt and the kodapuli pieces (or the tamarind pulp) and place pot on heat. when the curry begins to boil, turn heat to low and cover cooked on low flame for about 15-20 minutes swirling the pan occasionally to prevent fish from sticking to the pot.
  3. Now open lid and simmer on low for another 5 minutes or so until you get sauce/curry of desired consistency. Turn heat off.
  4. In a separate small heating or tadka pan, heat the coconut oil. Add the chopped onion and saute till golden brown. Add fresh curry leaves. Turn heat off. Pour this oil mixture over the fish in the pot. Serve fish curry with cooked white rice.
Kodampuli is a special kind of tamarind that is intrinsic to kerala and in the US, it can be found in indian grocers or online on
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