Fish Curry Recipe | Meen Kulambu Recipe | Fish Kulambu Recipe


Varutharacha Meen Curry is a very popular fish in village side in Tamil nadu. Any fish as per your choice can be used in the preparation of this tasty dish. The aroma, flavor and richness of the coconutty gravy is too good. The tangy flavored exotic gravy goes well with Hot hot Idli white steamed rice. Fish pieces are cooked in a spicy coconut mixture with tamarind pulp which makes Varutharacha Meen Curry simply irresistible. Spicy flavor of the dish can be adjusted as per preference. Some prefer it spicy and hot, while some prefer it mild especially for kids. Varutharacha Meen Curry requires very little time for the preparation. The thick, flavorful gravy of this dish is tempting.

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Fish Curry Recipe | Meen Kulambu Recipe | Fish Kulambu Recipe

Difficulty: Beginner Prep Time 20 min Cook Time 20 min Total Time 40 mins
Servings: 10
Best Season: Suitable throughout the year





How to make fish curry recipe

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  1. First Clean the fish with turmeric powder & salt.

  2. Soak the tamarind with hot water.

  3. Now sauté the ingredients for fresh masala paste. For that heat the pan with oil .

  4. Add Fennel seeds & black Pepper. Sauté for few minutes.

  5. Now add Onion ,Garlic & ginger. Sauté it until turns light golden color.

  6. Add tomato with little salt, Sauté well In medium flame.

  7. Once the tomato cooked well add turmeric powder & Kashmiri red chili powder.

  8. Add Red chili powder , kulambu powder & Grated coconut.

  9. Sauté well in medium flame until masala cook well also oil separates from the masala.

  10. In this stage switch off the flame ,keep aside until cool down.

  11. Once its cooldown transfer to the blender , Grind like a fine paste using little water.

  12. Grind the masala like fine paste.

  13. Now start to prepare kulambu .Heat the pan with oil.

  14. Add mustard seeds & fennel seeds.

  15. Add thalippu vadam & dry red chilies .wait until all ingredients splutters.

  16. Add crushed onion & Garlic.

  17. Add curry leaves & green chilies.

  18. Sauté it in medium flame until onion & garlic turns golden color.

  19. Add little chili powder, sauté foe few seconds.

  20. Now add ground masala paste with out water.

  21. Sauté it in medium flame until oil separates from the masala .

  22. Now add tamarind water & required water.

  23. Add required salt .Mix it well.

  24. Cook the kulambu until masala & tamarind raw smell goes off also oil separates.

  25. Now Keep the flame in low medium . Add raw mango & fish .

  26. Cover & cook in low medium flame for about 5-8 minutes.

  27. Finally add curry leaves then switch off the flame.

  28. Yummy & tasty Fish kulambu is ready to serve.


  • For best taste use small onion.
  • Prepare the kulambu 2 hours before serve.
  • Instead of kulambu podi you can use 1 Tbsp. red chili powder , 2 Tbsp. Coriander powder & 1 tsp cumin powder.
  • Adding raw mango is totally optional.  
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Hi there! I am Gomathi Ramesh, a full-time food blogger, mother of 2 beautiful daughters and a lovely wife. I come from a family of fantastic cooks and I’m here to share generations of recipes that are homey, fresh, healthy, family-friendly, authentic, and adventurous. Most importantly, our recipes taste great and you can trust that they actually work.

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