Meen Curry

(Kerala Red Fish Curry)
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian


  • 2 pounds of Kingfish, cut in small pieces (washed with 1 tablespoon of salt and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice and rinsed well)*
  • 1⁄4 cup coconut oil
  • 1⁄2 tsp mustard seed
  • 1 tsp fenugreek seed
  • 3 tbsp ginger, minced
  • 2 tbsp garlic, minced
  • 5 shallots, minced (or 1⁄2 of 1 medium onion, minced)
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 3 tbsp kashmiri chili powder
  • 1 tsp black pepper powder
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 2-1⁄2 cups of water
  • 4 stalks of curry leaves
  • 3 pieces kokum, soaked in 1⁄4 cup warm water for 15 minutes


  • In a pan, add 1⁄4 cup of coconut oil.
  • And when hot, add mustard seed.
  • When the mustard seeds pop, add fenugreek seed and when it is slightly brown add the minced ginger and garlic.
  • Sauté the ginger and garlic for a minute or two and add the shallots (or onions).
  • Add a tablespoon of salt and sauté well.
  • When the onions are slightly brown, reduce heat and add the dry spices including curry leaves.
  • Mix well and cook for about 3 minutes.
  • Remove heat and let it cool.
  • When the cooked ingredients are slightly cool, grind it to a paste in 1⁄4 cup of water.
  • Transfer the paste to a pot and add about 2 cups of water and the 1/4 cup kokum-infused water and the kokum pieces.
  • Mix well to remove any lumps.
  • Add the fish into the mixture with 2 stalks of curry leaves and continue cooking.
  • Cook on high heat and bring it to a boil.
  • Turn down the heat.
  • Carefully stir the pot to provide an even mix.
  • Taste for salt, add if needed.
  • Close the pot and cook on medium heat.
  • Cook for about 15-20 minutes.
  • Add a tablespoon of oil on the top with a stalk of curry leaves.
  • Fish Curry is ready to serve.



Fish curry goes well with Rice, Chapati, Kappa, and Appam.
*The following fish can be substituted: Spanish Mackerel, Salmon, Sardines, or any fleshy fish.
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Keyword Fish or Seafood


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