Red Fish Curry – Meen Mulakittathu

Red Fish Curry - Meen Mulakittathu

red fish curry

Red Fish Curry – Meen Mulakittathu

The intense Red color of this Red Fish Curry – Meen Mulakittathu  comes from the Kashmiri Red Chili Powder, which although it lends its lovely color does not overpower with heat! We love this for lunch with white or brown rice. The rich color makes it look so appetizing as well. My tip on balancing the sour and spice perfectly? a pinch of sugar towards the end of cooking! 


Red Fish Curry – Meen Mulakittathu

Ingredients:

  • ½ kg Fish (Sear Fish, Golden Pomfret etc) cleaned
  • 1 Tbsp Kashmir Chili powder
  • ¼ tsp Turmeric
  • A pinch of fenugreek seeds (¹⁄8 tsp)
  • 12 garlic cloves (of smaller variety or 6 cloves if using large cloves) – sliced
  • 2 tsp ginger (sliced, into fine dice)
  • 4 shallots,sliced into rounds
  • ¼ mustard seeds
  • hand ful of curry leaves
  • 2 pieces of Gambooge (fish tamarind- kudampuli) – rinsed well and soaked if needed
  • ¼ cup coconut oil OR vegetable oil
  • 2 – 2½ cups water
  • ¼ tsp cornflour mixed in 2 Tbsp water
  • salt to taste
  • pinch of sugar (just a tiny pinch)

 

Method:

  • Clean the fish well. I like to cut fish steaks into large cubes (Boneless)  for this recipe. Remove skin. Rub with a nice sprinkling of salt. Leave for 1 minute.
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  • Now rinse the fish well under running water.
  • Grind the chili powder, turmeric, half of the ginger & half of the garlic in a small mixer/grinder- to a fine paste (sprinkle some water  if needed)

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  • Heat oil in an earthen pot or other. Splutter the mustard seeds in the hot oil.
  • Add and saute the remaining garlic, ginger and shallots. Add the curry leaves.  Keep stirring till the ingredients turn golden brown.

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  • Using a slotted spoon, drain the fried ingredients from the oil and set aside.

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  • To the same oil, add the ground spice mix. Stir till nicely aromatic.

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  • Add the fish tamarind pieces and water.
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  • Bring to a simmer. Add salt.
  • Gently ladle in the drained fish pieces. Also return all the fried ingredients.

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  • Bring back to simmer, partially covered.

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  • Remove lid and cook on a very low flame for 10-15 m.

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  • The curry should be thickened. Add the cornflour water mixture if you would like it to be slightly thicker.
  • Add a pinch of sugar to balance out the flavors. (See Notes)
  • Keep covered   for at least half an hour or till served. Enjoy our Red Fish Curry – Meen Mulakittathu.

Red Fish Curry – Meen Mulakittathu

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Notes:

  • Rinsing the fish after rubbing with salt, helps to remove fishy odors as well as imroves the texture of the fish pieces in this curry.
  • If using fish like sear fish, I prefer to remove any of the blackened flesh from the fish as I do not like the flavor.
  • As the curry sits, it thickens a little bit as well as gets richer in color.
  • After cooking, taste the curry. If it is sour enough, you may like to remove the fish tamarind from the curry.
  • It may get too sour if left in (This depends on your fish tamarind- some are not so sour)

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Red Fish Curry – Meen Mulakittathu
Recipe Type: Fish/Seafood
Cuisine: indian/Kerala
Author: Recipes ‘R’ Simple
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 4
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Ingredients
  • ½ kg Fish (Sear Fish, Golden Pomfret etc) cleaned
  • 1 Tbsp Kashmir Chili powder
  • ¼ tsp Turmeric
  • A pinch of fenugreek seeds
  • (¹⁄8 tsp)
  • 12 garlic cloves
  • (of smaller variety or 6 cloves if using large cloves) – sliced
  • 2 tsp ginger
  • (sliced, into fine dice)
  • 4 shallots,sliced into rounds
  • ¼ mustard seeds
  • hand ful of curry leaves
  • 2 pieces of Gambooge
  • (fish tamarind- kudampuli) – rinsed well and soaked if needed
  • ¼ cup coconut oil OR vegetable oil
  • 2 – 2½ cups water
  • ¼ tsp cornflour mixed in 2 Tbsp water
  • salt to taste
  • pinch of sugar
  • (just a tiny pinch)
Instructions
  1. Clean the fish well. I like to cut fish steaks into large cubes (Boneless) for this recipe. Remove skin. Rub with a nice sprinkling of salt. Leave for 1 minute.
  2. Now rinse the fish well under running water.
  3. Grind the chili powder, turmeric, half of the ginger & half of the garlic in a small mixer/grinder- to a fine paste (sprinkle some water if needed)
  4. Heat oil in an earthen pot or other. Splutter the mustard seeds in the hot oil.
  5. Add and saute the remaining garlic, ginger and shallots. Add the curry leaves. Keep stirring till the ingredients turn golden brown.
  6. Using a slotted spoon, drain the fried ingredients from the oil and set aside.
  7. To the same oil, add the ground spice mix. Stir till nicely aromatic.
  8. Add the fish tamarind pieces and water.
  9. Bring to a simmer. Add salt.
  10. Gently ladle in the drained fish pieces. Also return all the fried ingredients.
  11. Bring back to simmer, partially covered.
  12. Remove lid and cook on a very low flame for 10-15 m.
  13. The curry should be thickened. Add the cornflour water mixture if you would like it to be slightly thicker.
  14. Add a pinch of sugar to balance out the flavors.
  15. keep covered for at least half and hour or till served.
Notes
Rinsing the fish after rubbing with salt, helps to remove fishy odors as well as imroves the texture of the fish pieces in this curry.[br]If using fish like sear fish, I prefer to remove any of the blackened flesh from the fish as I do not like the flavor.[br]As the curry sits, it thickens a little bit as well as gets richer in color.[br]After cooking, taste the curry. If it is sour enough, you may like to remove the fish tamarind from the curry.[br]It may get too sour if left in (This depends on your fish tamarind- some are not so sour)

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  1. Recipes R Simple Red Fish Curry tried by Arya ManuI have tried this recipe during our weekend gathering and it was delicious, all friends like that..Many thanks, recipes are not simple but very very simple.

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