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21 Feb 2008

Pachathenga Arachuvecha Meen Koottan / Fish Cooked in Coconut Gravy

This is the fish curry which I always suggest to make whenever umma prepares pathiri. The thick gravy seasoned with curry leaves and chopped shallots is really great with other breakfast dishes like kaipathiri,appam, puttu , pola , dosa and idli too..You can use tamarind / puli or kudampuli instead of mangoes but I prefer preparing this with mangoes. Now it is mango season and I am waiting for some moovandan manga (mango trees that started to give fruits in an age of three years) from home courtyard to prepare this curry. Fishes like puthiyappila kora (Sulthan Ibrahim here in UAE-in Malayalam puthiyappila means bridegroom), mathi / chala / sardines, Hammour, Kanambu are good for this type of preparation.

Fish 10 pieces
coconut grated 11/2 cups
mango 1 or 2 according to sourness
small onions 10
green chillies 3
tomato 1
turmeric powder 1 teaspoon
chilly powder 2 1/2 teaspoons or according to your taste
fennel seeds / perumjeerakam 1/4 teaspoon
curry leaves few
coconut oil

How to prepare
Grind coconut , 6 small onions, perumjeerakam and all the powders together using 1 cup or enough water. Pour this into a chatti / clay pot. Add 2 cups or more water according to the thickness. Add salt, chopped tomatoes and boil.
When the tomato pieces are half cooked add fish pieces and mango pieces.
If the fish takes only less time to cook, add mango pieces first, then later it is about 3/4 cooked, add fish pieces. Cook till the fish pieces are done.
Add slit green chillies after the fish is cooked. You can add it in the beginning also.
Chop the remaining small onions. Heat coconut oil, fry small onions and then curry leaves. Pour this over the curry.

This curry goes well with

Thanks to Pravs of Simplyspicy for the lovely Nice matters Award! You and all other blog friends are really very nice..I know many of you have already got this and you all deserve this too. It is little difficult for me to chose some one among you, so I pass this to all of you my lovely blog friends and readers who visit here regularly and leaving encouraging comments.. :)


  1. Seena, this looks so phenomenal!!! Mouthwateringly good. Congrats on the award! :)

  2. Oh it looks so delicious.
    You should see my face. My lips and chin is hanging down. Reason you are having this delicious meen curry.
    You know i can smell the delicious aroma by just looking to the pic.
    So you can imagine how much i want to have them.

  3. Hi! Seena!

    I don't think I'll be writing anything different from what countless bloggers must have already told you... what cool receipes and they work too!

    All the receipes are lucidly explained (for novices like us) and the illustrations are just great!

    Your receipes have saved me from many embarassing moments and I pray that you continue keep up the good work!

    God Bless!

  4. Oh, i love curried fish a lot! Looks yummy, Thnx for sharing Seena.

  5. Same Pinch!! My mom used to cook this curry with slight difference...Looks mouth watering!
    Congrats on the award!

  6. i had this fish curry y'day.....the sourness of the kudam puli goes so well with this ground coconut right....awesome :)

  7. Love the colour of the meen curry.looks so very yummy. Would love this with rice..yum!

  8. congrats on ur gravy looks delicious...

  9. YUMMY recipe, love the Aapmas too Seena. Colorful, I will save this post. Enjoy the award!:))

  10. gravy looks sooooo delecious seena

  11. wow its delicious really seena.:)്

  12. Seena every single curry you cook I want to eat.

    This fish curry looks so delicious I love how yellow the colour is it looks so tasty. :-)

  13. Super! Love meen curry with any gravy :) today i was on a diet, meen curry just makes me wanna forget abt dieting , well coming to think abt it, fish is a good source of nutrients :)

  14. Hey dear friend,
    its really very delicious, how the yellow colour it looks so tasty

    Beena S.

  15. Thanks Beena! Welcome to simple & delicious!
    The yellow color is coconut + chilli powder + turmeric, I too love this curry very much, yeah, my fav. fish curry! :)

  16. Hi sister,
    Its awesome. Actually i cant prepare tasty recipes with fish. But it was wonderful. I added 2 garlic chopped to have an additional garlic taste. My hubby also liked very much.
    Thanks a lot for posting such a simple yet tastyy recipe.
    expecting more.............................

  17. Hi Seena ,
    Your recipes r great and thanks for sharing ....

  18. HI Seena,

    I am an avid follower of your blog and love all your recipies and tried this fish curry and it turned out well. My hubby loved it , so did I. Thank you very much for posting such yummylicious recipies.




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