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Alamelu’s Chettinad meen kozhambu/ fish curry

  • Author: kannamma
  • Prep Time: 30 mins
  • Cook Time: 45 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 mins
  • Yield: 8 1x


True authentic Tamilnadu Chettinad vanjaram Meen Kuzhambu/fish curry recipe from a karaikudi kitchen.



For the Chettinad Masala

  • 4 tablespoon Indian Sesame / gingely Oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon cumin seeds
  • 1 tablespoon fennel seeds
  • 1 tablespoon black Pepper
  • 2 cups shallots
  • 10 cloves garlic
  • 2 ripe tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut

For the Curry

  • 2 Tablespoon Indian Sesame Oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon fenugreek seeds
  • 2 sprigs curry leaves
  • 1 heaped tablespoon coriander powder
  • 2 tablespoon red chilli powder
  • 2 green chillies
  • 1 lime size tamarind
  • 1 cup water to soak tamarind
  • 2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 2 sprig coriander leaves
  • 1/2 kg fish steaks


  1. Heat oil in a heavy pan and add in the cumin seeds, pepper and fennel seeds. Let it splutter. It will foam a little because of the sesame oil. Its fine.
  2. Add in the shallots and the garlic.
  3. Fry till the shallots become tender and starts to change color. About 5-8 minutes.
  4. Add in the chopped tomatoes and fry for a couple of minutes. Add in the shredded coconut and remove from heat. Cool briefly and grind to a very smooth paste. Add upto 1.5 cups of water while grinding. Set aside.
  5. Heat oil in a pan until shimmering. Add in the fenugreek seeds, cumin seeds, fennel seeds and curry leaves. Let it splutter. Reduce the flame to low and add in the chettinad masala paste and coarse salt. Fry for 3-4 minutes on medium flame until raw smell goes.
  6. Add the coriander powder and the red chilli powder. Add in the tamarind pulp, green chillies and about 1.5 cups water. Let the consistency of the curry be thin.
  7. Cook in low flame for about 20 minutes until the curry becomes thick. Check for seasoning of salt. Add more salt if necessary.
  8. Add in the fish pieces and cook for 5 minutes more.
  9. Switch off the flame and garnish with cilantro/coriander leaves


It can be stored in the refrigerator for upto 2 days.
The curry is traditionally made with seer fish aka vanjaram meen.
I always use Idhayam brand gingely oil . Also called as nallennai in tamil.

  • Category: Non-Veg
  • Cuisine: South Indian

Keywords: chettinadu fish curry