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15 Apr 2007

Meen Mulakittathu / Spicy Red Fish Curry

This curry is good with Kappa/Tapioca, Rice, Rava Upma, Dosa etc.People from different places in Kerala cook this curry using various methods. Some uses chopped onions and adds ginger also. Mathi mulaku curry is the common dish in most of the houses in our place. They make it every day!

Sardines(Mathi) - 6 nos(cut and cleaned)
Onion(medium) - 1 no or
Shallots(Kunjulli) - A handful
Tomato(big) - 1 no
Curry leaves - A few
Salt - As reqd
Coconut oil - 1 tbsp
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
Chilly powder - 2 tsp
Green chilies - 2 nos or as reqd
Garlic pearls - 6 nos
Tamarind(Puli) - A lemon sized ball or Raw mango(big) - 1 no

How to prepare
1)Soak tamarind in hot water and take the paste of about one tea cup.
2) Add another 1 1/2 cups of water.
3) Put all the powders, finely chopped or ground onion, tomato, salt, crushed garlic into it.
4) Cook till little thick.
5) Add sardines and cook till done.
6) Add curry leaves and green chillies.
7) Pour coconut oil and remove from fire.


  1. oh wow! where di u get matthi from? is it fresh or canned?

  2. Shaheen, it is fresh.Here, it is easily available.

  3. u get fresh mathi? we get all other fresh fish except mathi in atlanta. i like mathi mulakushyam and mathi fry too...the pic is good.thanks seena.

  4. Hey Maneka, Am in Dubai..I too love all Mathi vibhavangal..

  5. seena, you are so lucky to get fresh mathi. that is one fish which tastes good in all forms. curry or fry or curry with coconut yum........... now i am craving for some kappa to go with this virtual mathi curry:)

  6. I agree with you Reena,it is the one fish which tastes good in all forms. I think you all get mathi only when visit India?

  7. Cant wait to buy fish to try this:)

  8. hi seena
    i love cooking nd ur recipes r superb.iam a recent visitor thanx.

  9. Hi Remya,
    thanks for the nice comment.. :) Hope to see you again..

  10. Seena,

    I am afraid that 2 tsp of red chilli, and 1 lemon sized ball of tamarind would be slightly higher than what is adequate for 6 sardines!

    Anyway, ThanX

  11. Raju,
    Here we get small lemons which are similar to gooseberry in size.. Red chilly 2 tsp wouldn't be toomuch, if you use kashmiri chilly powder..For those who love spicy curry , this amount is enough.. :)

  12. hey seena,
    Insted of putting a raw tomato,put tomato puree or paste .this will thiken ur mulakittathu and it will taste good.And also insted of tamarind,you may add kodampuli.It is more healthy and teasty.
    Anyway it is a nice curry,thanks

  13. Baboo, We mash tomatoes before cooking and tamarind gives a thick consistency.. this type curry is normally prepared in our place.. :) Anyway thanks a lot for the comment.. :)

  14. Good pic. Tempting too.

    San Francisco


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