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Chettinad Fish Curry | Chettinad Meen Kulambu | How to make Chettinad Style Fish Curry

Updated: Feb 21, 2022

Chettinad Fish Curry is an easy fish curry made in 2 steps. First grinding coconut, spice powders, onion, garlic, tomato, and tamarind juice. In the second step saute onion and add the ground coconut masala, add fish, and cook. Chettinad fish curry is done.

Let's see how to make this famous dish in the Chettinad region of Tamil Nadu. This dish can be relished with Idlis, Appam, Rice, Adais, etc...

Ingredients Required:

For the masala

Oil – 1 tbsp

Fennel seeds – 1 tbsp

Onion – 1 thinly sliced

Garlic – 6 nos

Tomato – 1 cubed

Coconut – ½ cup

Turmeric powder – ½ tsp

Chilly powder – 1 tbsp

Coriander powder – 2 tbsp

Tamarind soaked water – ½ cup

For curry

Oil – 3 tbsp

Fenugreek – ¼ tsp

Shallots – 15 nos sliced

Tomato – 1

Fish – ½ kg

Water -1 cup


For masala

  1. In a pan add oil and heat

  2. Add fennel seeds and splutter

  3. Add one onion and saute

  4. When the onion is translucent add garlic

  5. Add tomato and cook till mushy. Close with a lid and cook for 2 minutes on low flame.

  6. When tomato is mushy add spice powders

  7. Saute in low flame for 5 minutes and add coconut

  8. Mix and switch off the flame.

  9. Grind with tamarind soaked water

For the curry

  1. In an earthen Kadai add oil and splutter fenugreek seeds

  2. Add shallots and saute till golden brown

  3. Add the ground masala

  4. Add ½ cup water and cook till the masala is dry

  5. Add 1 cup warm water and add tomato and salt

  6. When it starts to boil add fish pieces

  7. Cover and cook for 12 minutes on low flame.

  8. Garnish with curry leaves and coriander leaves.

  9. Taste better when Served after 2 hours

If you understand Malayalam language, here is a quick video that you can follow:

Tad-aaa! Your quick Chettinad Fish Curry is ready to serve! Try it out and enjoy with friends and family.

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