Meen Mulakittathu ~ Fish in Spicy Gravy

I have already shared my version of Meen Mulakittathu before, the only thing is that I made it with sardines, so called it Mathi Mulakittathu. That has always been the way that umma makes, and how I learned to make from her. Since we don’t like too much of spice or sourness, her version is apt for our taste.


During a casual talk, my colleague shared with me the way his wife makes the mulakittathu. I have already shared my tried recipes of hers here and here. The mention of the use of shallots made me feel that I must try it out. I love anything cooked in loads of shallots, though frankly speaking, I try to keep out of it mainly because of the laziness of peeling and slicing/ chopping them. But then this recipe was so irresistable that I had to try. And I am so happy I did! This was just so good with rice, I must say… Even the kids loved it as it was not highly spicy. Yes, do increase the level of red chilli powder to make it even more hot!





Meen Mulakittathu ~ Fish in Spicy Gravy

Course Main
Cuisine Malabar
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Author Rafeeda


  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tbsp fenugreek seeds
  • 1/2 cup shallots sliced
  • 3 green chillies chopped
  • 1 large tomato chopped
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
  • 3/4 tsp Kashmiri red chilli powder
  • 3 pcs gamboge kudampuli, soaked for 30 minutes in 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 1 cup water
  • Salt to taste
  • 4 small mackarel cleaned and cut into half
  • Curry leaves for garnishing


  • Heat coconut oil in a man-chatti (earthern pot), allow the mustard seeds to splutter. Add the fenugreek seeds and fry briefly.
  • Add the shallots and chillies and cook on low flame, stirring occasionally till the shallots wilt.
  • Add the tomato and cook till the tomatoes are all mashed up.
  • Add the powders and fry briefly till a bright red color appears.
  • Smash the gamboge and dispose off the mash.
  • Pour the gamboge water, along with extra water and salt and allow to boil.
  • Now add the fish and cook for 10 minutes with a closed lid or till the fish is done.
  • Sprinkle the curry leaves and keep on closed lid for sometime.
  • Serve warm with rice or kappa puzhukku - delish!


1. You can add dried red chillies at the intial stage along with the fenugreek, but I preferred using green chillies.
2. Add more chilli powder for more spiciness, mine was just fine for us and the kids!
3. You can use any fish for this curry. I feel sardines would taste awesome!
4. You can very well use tamarind instead of gamboge, follow the same procedure.
5. Since I didn't want to add additional coconut oil, I just added the curry leaves as is. For extra flavor, you can sprinkle some more coconut oil, or temper - heat coconut oil, fry a couple of chopped shallots till brown, then fry curry leaves and add into the curry.

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    1. Thanks a lot Remya…

  1. Shallots do make a dish taste more yum but yeah I'm also too lazy too peel them, most of the time! This fish curry looks so good!!

    1. Thank you so much Beulah…

  2. Yummy and delicious fish curry

    1. Thank you so much Jayanthi…

    1. Thanks a lot Shobana…

  3. Mouth watering Meen Gravy it dear

    1. Thank you so much Farin…

    1. Thanks a lot Beena…

  4. looks very delicious

    1. Thanks a lot Linsy…

    1. Thanks a lot Ruxana…

  5. Enikku kothiyavunne………ohh….irresistible………. 🙂

    1. Thank you so much Remya… 🙂

  6. After seeing this curry I feel like eating now,. So yummy

    1. Thank you so much Rumana…

    1. Thanks a lot Ree…

  7. I know what is it like to peel shallots but still, I used them for almost all my savory dishes. But when I am lazy, I then switch to big red onion. This is lovely spiced up dish and definitely will be winner with my family.

    1. Thank you so much Nava…

  8. Finger licking good it looks.. Love the presentation too

    1. Thank you so much Gloria…

  9. Drool worthy fish curry.It s finger licking good. Liked the first foto Rafee.

    1. Thank you so much Eliza…

  10. wow looking so beautiful gravy

    1. Thank you so much Monu…

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