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Chettinad Meen Kuzhambu (Chettinad Fish Curry)

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A delicious and traditional recipe for Chettinad fish curry without coconut. Serve hot with steamed rice or with idli or dosa.
Chettinad Meen Kuzhambu (Chettinad Fish Curry)
Fish Fillets – 400 gms, cleaned, washed (preferably Vanjaram/Seer Fish)
Fenugreek Seeds – 1/2 tsp
Green Chillies – 4 to 5, slit
Tomatoes – 300 gms, chopped
Sambar Onions (Shallots) – 200 gms, finely sliced
Ginger Garlic Paste – 2 tblsp
Mustard Seeds – 2 tsp
Curry Leaves – handful
Red Chilli Powder – 2 tsp
Castor Oil – 2 tblsp
Tamarind Extract – 3/4 to 1 cup
Salt as per taste

For the masala:
Coriander Seeds – 1 1/4 tblsp
Dry Red Chillies – 8 to 10, round ones
Cumin Seeds – 1 tsp
Saunf – 1 tsp
Black Peppercorns – 1/2 tsp
Curry Leaves – few
Gingelly Oil – 2 tblsp

1. Heat gingelly oil in a pan over medium flame.
2. Fry all the masala ingredients separately for 45 to 60 seconds and remove.
3. Allow it to cool and grind to a coarse paste with a little water.
4. Heat castor oil in a pan over medium flame.
5. Fry the fenugreek seeds and mustard seeds for 30 to 45 seconds.
6. Add the curry leaves, onions, green chillies and tomatoes.
7. Saute well for 2 to 3 minutes.
8. Add the ginger garlic paste and ground masala.
9. Simmer for a minute and pour enough water.
10. Add salt, tamarind extract and simmer for 3 to 5 minutes.
11. Add the red chilli powder and stir well.
12. Add the fish pieces and cook for 5 minutes or until the fish is cooked through.
13. Ensure the fish pieces do not break.
14. Remove from flame.
15. Serve hot with rice, idli or dosa.

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Raja Gopalan Nair June 7, 2015 - 5:20 am

thanks for the recipe….. one doubt , do we really …use castor oil in cooking

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Praveen Kumar June 7, 2015 - 11:26 am

In some places it is used as an alternative to regular oil. It has a strong taste hence not many prefer it.


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