Meen Masala ~ Fish Masala



I wish I could eat fish whenever I wish for. When umma is around, fish is a part of lunch every weekday but I am normally not present during that time. I can’t say I am crazy about fish but I get bowled over by a good fish fry or a delicious fish curry. I guess it can be the signs of a Keralite. πŸ˜‰ Here are some of the fish recipes on the blog, if you would like to refer back to…

Tomato Fish Curry

Meen Thoran ~ Fish Scramble

Fish Makkanwala ~ Creamy Fish Curry

Kerala Style Fish Masala

Meen Arappu Roast ~ Fish Roast in Coconut Milk and MasalasΒ – one of my favorites!


This Fish Masala is cooked in a shallot based gravy and enriched with some tomato paste instead of whole tomatoes, to give it a nice pop of colors. Apart from the peeling and chopping of shallots, there is hardly any work going into this dish. It is a quick easy dish to make with chapathis as side or with a simple rice dish like Birinji or Jeera Rice. I love thick gravies like this, which you can even enjoy with a couple of toasts. I don’t know how many of you agree with me on that. πŸ™‚ Off to the recipe…





Fish Masala

Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 4
Author Rafeeda


  • 750 gm fish I used shark
  • 2 tsp Kashmiri chilli powder
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tbsp vinegar
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 sprigs curry leaves
  • 1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
  • 1 cup pearl onions cheriyulli, chopped
  • 4 green chillies minced
  • 1/2 tsp Kashmiri chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Marinate the fish and set aside for an hour.
  • Heat oil, Add in the curry leaves and ginger garlic paste and saute for a couple of minutes.
  • Add in the shallots and cook till wilted.
  • Add in the powders and saute for two minutes.
  • Add in the fish and cook for five minutes.
  • Add in the tomato paste and mix well. Cook till the fish is well done.
  • Sprinkle in the garam masala and adjust the seasoning. Cook for two more minutes. Switch off and serve warm!

Join the Conversation

  1. Love that colur of the curry ❀.I totally agree with you ????fish tastes good with anything .

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Nusrath… πŸ™‚

  2. Lip smacking Fish masala.. You make me drool virtually πŸ˜€

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Sharmila… πŸ™‚

  3. I love both fish and curry! This one has it all..wonderful!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Angie…

  4. The pictured clicked is so inviting.
    Side dish like this would get along with any type of lunch ????

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Hiba… πŸ™‚

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks Shobhaji…

  5. I love fish curry too – again stems from being born and brought up in coastal regions I guess. Lovely recipe!! Have you tried fish curry with puttu?? It is my dad’s favorite and got ingrained in us too:)

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Yes, umma and my sister likes puttu with meen mulakittathu, though I am more conservative and prefer puttu curry… πŸ™‚ Thank you so much Ria…

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