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.