Meen Masala | Kerala Fish Masala

One thing that really makes me feel sad is this – as we move on in life, growing older by age and wiser by thoughts (hopefully!), the importance placed on relationships seem to take a downward dip. Many may raise their voice against this observation, but maybe looking at your own actions may shed some light on it. How many of us keep in touch with our school and college friends, our ex-colleagues? We keep in touch with our parents, our siblings, our children, our close relatives as we cannot ignore them as per the societal norms. However, there are a different bunch of people who are not related by blood, but who were an integral part of your life during a particular phase, with whom as time passes, we become less and less in contact and finally, even though they do come in our thoughts occasionally, we may not be having any connection with them. Thankfully with the advent of Facebook, a lot of things have changed, however virtual connection comes nowhere close to physical connection, does it? I am a person who loves to be in touch once I have known and enjoyed somebody’s company, and I strive to keep in touch as much as I can. But I guess the bug of aging is hitting me as well, and sometimes, I get the thought as to why should I only be the one who is interested! Not a good sign, I feel… But I do wish at times that the people I wish to stay connected would have the same interest levels as me…


Even though fish is always a part of our lunch plans, it rarely comes on our dinner tables. Since my lunches are in the office, I rarely eat fish so when umma is back home, I ensure I cook at least once for dinner. This was made once as side for chapathis and it was cleaned up in time. I always prefer fish in masala or roast style rather than curry and that may be one reason why I have not posted even a single fish curry till date! Hmm… time to look into that, I suppose… Meanwhile, off to this delicious fish masala, made in Kerala style… πŸ™‚


Linking it to my ongoing event “South Indian Cooking” of Anuz Healthy Kitchen




Meen Masala | Kerala Fish Masala

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 4
Author Rafeeda


  • 500 gm kingfish cut into thick pieces and cleaned
  • 2 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 strand curry leaves
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 2 medium onions thinly sliced
  • 2 green chillies slit
  • 1 tsp ginger paste
  • 1 tsp garlic paste
  • 2 to matoes chopped
  • 1 tbsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp fennel powder
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala powder
  • Salt to taste
  • Curry leaves for garnish


  • Make a paste out of the turmeric, red chilli powder, vinegar, salt and pepper.
  • Add the fish and coat well. Leave it to marinate for around 15 minutes.
  • Heat oil in a frying pan and spread it across. Sprinkle in the curry leaves.
  • Fry the fish on both the sides till brownish and almost cooked. Switch off and leave in the pan.
  • In another saucepan, heat the oil for the masala. Add the onions and green chillies with a pinch of salt and cook till soft.
  • Add the ginger and garlic paste and saute till the raw smell is gone.
  • Add in the chopped tomatoes and cook till the tomatoes are mashed up.
  • Add all the powder and stir till the masala becomes slightly dark - ensure not to burn! Adjust the salt.
  • Add in a little water and cook for some more time on low flame till the masala is all cooked.
  • Slowly add the fish along with the oil and remains and stir softly to combine well, ensuring not to break the fish.
  • Cook on low flame for around 5 minutes on closed lid.
  • Switch off and serve warm with chapathis, or rice...

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  1. Super yum fish masala!

    1. Thank you so much Beulah…

  2. Wow..this looks absolutely delicious dear ..yummy fish masala !!

    1. Thank you so much Asha…

  3. lovely fish masala….

    1. Thank you so much Ruxana…

  4. Wow this looks so yummy dear….ucha samayam onnum thinittilla enikku ithu kandu vishakkunnu….

    1. Kothipichathinu sorry ketto… thanks a lot Resna…

  5. Tasty fish masala. Pass the curry have to eat with rice. please….

    1. Thank you so much Eliza…

  6. Kerala style fish recipes is always my favorite and your's looks very tempting.

    1. Thank you so much Poornima…

  7. super delicious fish curry, love it Rafee…

    1. Thank you so much Priya…

  8. fish masala looks super yummy…i feel hungry looking at it….

    1. Thank you so much Gloria…

  9. Another hit from Rafee, I am a fan of your meen arappu roast. Next one to try is surely this one.

    1. Thank you so much Priya…

  10. Fish masala with chapathy or appom is simply amazing and i love it to the core. Perfectly made Rafee.

    1. Thank you so much Suhaina….

  11. ravile thanne kothippikkallee.. fish masala looks super yumm…

    1. Thank you so much Lisha…

  12. Kothiyavunnu,yummy fish masala

    1. Thank you so much Suja…

  13. Raffy your fish masala is making me hungry.. πŸ™‚ hoping to get it right now πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much Monu… πŸ™‚

  14. hello friend….nice space and a collection of yum recipes….would love to come bk again…
    recipe …..i make it too and love it

    1. Thank you so much for coming by Biny…

  15. Raf after seeing this y'day I was so tempted to make it for dinner last night. But then we got home late and then ended up ordering! But sure will try to make it soon

    1. Hope you will try and enjoy it, Rekha… thanks a lot dear…

  16. ayyooo…mouthwatering here… it looks finger licking…ennikke eppol thane vennm πŸ™

    1. Thank you so much Anupa… πŸ™‚

  17. gud Rafee… v make the same way except fennel and coriander pwder.. i thnk thts the difference in color here…

    1. Thank you so much for your observation, Hasna…

  18. In life, some are lucky due to the wealth they have, some r lucky to get good people around them, but only a very few are blessed with the power of lighting others hearts with love ….and powerful to maintain their relationships…..U r one among those very very few and a genuine person……Love ur fish masala and want to have it till the last lick dear…..

    1. Oh goodness, such high words for me, Remya…. I just try to use my character the way I can dear, nothing much… all by the grace of Allah, that's it… Thank you so much dear..

  19. Looks great!! Nice click too..

    1. Thank you so much Pankthi.. this is a night click, just like most of my clicks….

  20. Looks real delicious ! My family simply loves fish in any form πŸ™‚ that's true abt relationship…there are so many friendships that I've lost and I really miss !

    1. Thank you so much Reni… πŸ™‚

  21. I tried this recipe yesterday…It was really yummy!!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much for trying… would have loved a picture… πŸ™‚

      1. Had posted on instagram and tagged you…

        1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

          Unfortunately I can’t see it since your IG is private… do email me a pic if possible… πŸ™‚ thank you…

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