Meen Aviyal ~ Fish in Spicy Coconut Paste
Recipe type: Fish
Cuisine: Kerala
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Serves: 4
  • 500 gm fish, I used black tuna
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp fenugreek seeds
  • 1 large tomato, chopped
  • 3 green chillies, slit
  • 2 sprigs curry leaves
  • Salt to taste
  • ½ coconut, grated
  • 1 lime size pc tamarind
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1 tsp Kashmiri red chilli powder
  • ¼ tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 onion
  1. Grind the mixture under "for grinding" coarsely. Just one or two pulses should do.
  2. Heat oil and splutter the fenugreek seeds. Add the tomato, chilli and curry leaves and saute for a minute.
  3. Add in the ground paste and salt and allow it to come to a boil.
  4. Add in the fish and cook on high flame on closed lid for five minutes.
  5. Keep the flame to minimum and cook till the fish is done, flipping as required.
  6. Once the fish looks almost done, keep on open lid and cook till the mixture is dry.
  7. Serve as side with rice or with chapathis!
You may splutter some mustard in oil and fry curry leaves, add into the curry before serving.
Recipe by The Big Sweet Tooth at