How To Make Delicious and Flavorful Fish Curry Recipe | Meen Kulambu


Indulge in the authentic flavors of South India with our step-by-step Fish Curry recipe. This traditional South Indian style fish curry bursts with aromatic spices and rich coconut milk. Follow our easy instructions to create a delectable dish that will transport your taste buds to the coastal shores of India. Perfectly balanced and full of depth, this fish curry is a must-try for culinary enthusiasts and seafood lovers alike.

Experience the true essence of South Indian cuisine with our flavorful Fish Curry recipe in the traditional style. This step-by-step guide will walk you through the process of creating a mouthwatering dish that combines tender fish chunks with a perfectly spiced coconut-based gravy. With ingredients readily available, even to those new to South Indian cooking, you can enjoy an aromatic and rich fish curry that’s a staple in coastal kitchens. Elevate your home cooking with this delightful recipe that captures the vibrant tastes of South India.

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How To Make Delicious and Flavorful Fish Curry Recipe | Meen Kulambu

Difficulty: Beginner Prep Time 15 min Cook Time 25 min Total Time 40 mins
Servings: 5
Best Season: Suitable throughout the year



  1. To begin making the Sankara Meen Kuzhambu recipe, wash and clean the fish pieces twice or thrice.

  2. Start by soaking the tamarind pulp in warm water for about 15-20 minutes. Squeeze and extract the tamarind juice from it. Discard the pulp and seeds.

  3. To prepare the masala paste, heat oil in a pan.

  4. Add the onions preferably shallots.

  5. Add the chopped ginger and garlic. Sauté until they turn translucent.

  6. Add chopped tomatoes.

  7. Add salt to this masala paste.

  8. Sauté in medium flam till all become mushy.

  9. Add fennel seeds, cumin seeds and pepper corns. Sauté for a minute.

  10. Transfer everything in to a plate and allow to cool.

  11. Once cool down, transfer in to a mixie jar and add turmeric powder.

  12. To this add red chilli powder and coriander powder.

  13. Add kulambu powder.

  14. Grind them all in to fine paste without any water.

  15. Heat oil in a pan or pot, preferably a clay pot, over medium heat. Add the mustard seeds and fenugreek seeds. Allow them to splutter.

  16. Add small onion, garlic cloves and some fresh curry leaves.

  17. Add the chopped onions and sauté until they turn translucent.

  18. Add slitted green chillies and curry leaves.

  19. Add freshly ground masala paste.

  20. Cook until the mixture gets thickened and oil starts separating from the mixture.

  21. Add some water that was used to rinse the mixer grinder.

  22. Next add the tamarind extract.

  23. Add salt this recipe.

  24. To this add thick coconut milk.

  25. Bring the mixture to a gentle simmer. Allow the flavors to meld for 10 minutes.

  26. Add the fish pieces to the gravy. Gently stir to coat the fish with the masala.

  27. Cover the pot and let the fish cook in the gravy over low to medium heat for about 10 minutes, or until the fish is tender and cooked through.

  28. After 10 minutes the nice aroma comes out and oil start floating on the top of the curry.

  29. Check once, the fish pieces are cooked nicely.

  30. Lastly, temper the dish with hot gingelly oil or coconut oil, adding cumin seeds, shallots, and fresh curry leaves.

  31.  Sankara Meen Kulambu is now ready to be served. It pairs well with steamed rice or traditional South Indian bread like appam or idli or dosa.

  32. Enjoy the authentic flavors of this traditional Sankara Meen Kulambu!



  • You can use any variety of fish for this recipe.
  • Adjust spice level according to your taste bud.
  • After adding fish pieces gently mix otherwise the shape will break.
  • This same recipe can prepare with gingerly oil or coconut oil as you prefer.
  • For tempering you can use sundried onion balls instead of cumin seeds and onion.
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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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