Meen Kulambu

Well, thought I will end the series of fish recipes for the time being with this one. Meen Kulambu is like the most basic fish preparation in most Tamil homes. Its one of the best things one could eat on a rainy day. A couple of papads, a slice of fish fry and meen kulambu with steaming hot rice would just make my day!


  • 500 gms fish of your choice sliced
  • 5 tbs gingelly oil
  • 2 large onions chopped
  • 1/2 cup garlic cloves
  • 2 tomatoes chopped
  • 1 or 2 green chillies
  • 1 tsp fenugreek seeds
  • 1 tbs cumin seeds
  • 1 tbs mustard seeds
  • A handful of curry leaves
  • 1/2 tamarind juice
  • 1/2 tbs turmeric powder
  • 1 tbs red chilly powder
  • 3 tbs coriander powder
  • 2 cups of water
  • salt to taste
  • In a large vok, pour the oil. When medium hot, add the fenugreek seeds, cumin seeds and mustard seeds. Once the mustard seeds begin to crackle, add the onions, garlic and green chillies. Saute until onion turns golden brown.
  • Now add the chopped tomatoes. Lower the flame, cover the vok and allow the tomatoes to get cook for 5 minutes.
  • Take 3/4 portion of the sauteed onion-tomato mixture, grind it into a paste and add paste back to the vok.
  •  To this add the turmeric powder, chilly powder, coriander powder, salt and curry leaves. Saute in low flame for a couple of minutes until the oil rises above.
  • Pour the tamarind paste and water over the sauteed mixture. Give it a stir and allow it to boil.
  • When it comes to a boil, lower the flame again and add the fish slices. Cover the vok and cook for 10 minutes stirring occasionally.  
  • Once the fish is cooked and the kulambu is of a good consistency, turn off the flame and enjoy a yummy lunch!

One thought on “Meen Kulambu

  1. You have been actually tempting me for quite some time with ur fish recipes(for the record, I am a complete fish person)…mouth watering!!! and a great creativity too 😉

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