Kerala Fish Curry (Meen Curry) – with Coconut Milk

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Kerala Fish Curry (Meen Curry) – with Coconut Milk

This Kerala Style Fish curry or ‘Meen curry’ is absolutely divine! Coconut milk and Gambooge (Fish tamarind )are the essential ingredients to make this homestyle, simple and authentic curry.

Kerala Fish Curry (Meen Curry) – with Coconut Milk

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Recipe Name: Kerala Fish Curry (Meen Curry) – with Coconut Milk
Recipe Type: Curry / Fish 
Author: Recipes ‘R’ Simple
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Serves: 8



  • Wash the fish well with salt and drain. I prefer to skin the steaks.
  • In an earthen pot (manchatty/clay pot), add the coconut milk, chili powder, turmeric and fish tamarind.
  • Mix and heat to a simmer. Careful that it does not boil over.
  • Add fish gently. Bring back to a boil and add salt.
  • After 1 minute, lower the flame and cook uncovered till the fish is  done and curry thickens a little. Turn off the stove.

To season:

  • To a small wok or frying pan add 1 Tbsp sunflower oil or coconut oil. Add the fenugreek and allow to turn golden.
  • Next add the shallots/onion, followed by the green chilly and curry leaves and  saute till golden. Add to the curry. Don’t stir.
  • Cover and allow to sit 15-30 minutes (at least) before serving.

Kerala Fish Curry (Meen Curry) – with Coconut Milk


  • Do not leave the cleaned seer fish in water for too long . It tends to loose its firmness.
  • Fish fillets / steaks left in the freezer for a brief period is easier to skin.
  • Rub with salt and wash the fish to remove the fishy odour.
  • Seer fish is best fresh or if you freeze them, use up quickly as they tend to loose flavour.
  • In the featured picture I have used large green chili.

Key Ingredients: Fish, Coconut milk, Gambooge, spices , salt

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