May 1, 2008

meen kuzhambu (fish curry)

Tuticorin , a town in Tamilnadu is known for

its Pearl fishery and ship building.For me during my

childhood I knew this town for meen kuzhambu.My

grandma's sister - in - law resided at Tuticorin used

to send us fresh meen kuzhmabu.She is the Queen

in making this kuzhambu around her family.

Amma learnt this recipe from her and

she got a beautiful kadai from her aunt especially

to make meen Kuzhambu.The secret of the recipe

lies in the freshly grounded paste of cumin seeds and red

chillies in the ammi kal.Till now Amma makes this yummy

Kuzhambu only with the paste grounded in Ammikal.As we dont have

time to grind in ammikal I am giving here the proportions for the

quicker version too.


Vajram - 1/4 kg

Cumin seeds - 2 tblsp ( 4 tsp )

Red chillie - 10 ( 2 tsp )

Small onions - 8

Turmeric powder - 1 tsp

Tamarind paste - 1 tsp

Sesame oil - 4 tblsp


  • Grind small onions coarsely.
  • In a thick bottomed vessel mix all the powders with onion and tamarind paste.
  • Add one cup of water and bring it to gravy consistency.
  • Keep it in the stove .
  • When the gravy gets boil add oil.
  • After 1 min add the fish pieces.
  • Keep the flame in low for 20 - 30 min.
  • At this time the oil would be floating above the gravy.
  • Switch off the flame .

Serve hot with rice.


Cham said...

Ah Kamala, can i come for lunch? Looks lovely, the colour is perfect. I was grown up eating this meen kozhambu pretty much everyday! Now, i am eating once in a while :(

Kalai said...

Beautiful meen kuzhambu, Kamala!! :)

Divya Vikram said... from tuticorin..Yes its famous for fish.Love this curry..mouthwatering..

Divya Vikram said... from tuticorin..Yes its famous for fish.Love this curry..mouthwatering..

srivalli said...

ehmm..nice one...

Sagari said...

gravy looks soooo delecious kamala

Anonymous said...

hai thenmozhi your recipes are superb.

Anonymous said...

try more chicken items

Asha said...

Beautiful color, looks mouthwatering Kamala, good job!:)

Prema Sundar said...

Hi Kamala
I had had this fish kuzhambu in my MIL's sister's house in tuticorin.
looks great. My FIL is from virudhunagar and my MIL is from tuticorin. nice reading abt the panguni pongal in ur blog.

ANJALI J. said...

the curry looks too good, i wish it was vegetarian :D
btw thanks kamala.

Dhivya said...

Wow!love meen kuzhambu!Is it fair enough on ur part to tempt me like this!Udanae parcel pannunga enga veetuku!!!he he

And thanks for the wishes!I am expecting baby girl!!Unga varthai palika kadavulai vendikiraen!!!

Roopa said...

Wow kamala, you really got me on this one, especially as I now have my Preethi Indian mixie !! :) I am so excited about it and Meen Kozhambu anytype is my most favorite. I am drooling at your pics !! Nice blog you have, with a very nice title indeed! Who wudnt want to try out Mom's recipes ?? :) I am glad I came to know your blog !

Roopa said...

Adding you to my blogroll !

Aartee said...

Ur meen kuzhambu surely reminds me of my days at my grandma's place which is near tuticorin (koodangulam)! a great mouth watering recipe. Thanq for posting sucha wonderful one.