Meen mulakitathu /Spicy Tangy Fish Curry
Salt to taste
Coconut oil 1 tsp to garnish
Water as needed for gravy
Mustard seeds-1/2 tsp
Curry leaves-1 -2 sprigs
Green chilly 2- 4
FOR THE SPICE PASTE
Red chilli powder-2 tbsp
Kashmiri red chilly powder-2 tsp
Coriander powder-2 tbsp
Fenugreek powder-1/4 tsp
Malabar tamarind /kudampuli -2-3 pieces
Water as needed
1.Wash & clean the fishes and keep them aside.
2.Chop all the veggies needed and keep them ready .Soak the kudampuli in 1/4 cup of water
3.Take a small bowl add all the spice powders into it and make a thick solution of it by adding little water.Keep the spice paste aside.
4.Now heat a kadai /cheenachatti/man chatti ,once smoke starts coming (it is an indication that the vessel is heated) add 1 tbsp of oil into it.
5.Now add all the ingredients given under the label for seasoning.Saute them till they attain a soft texture.
6.Time to add in the sliced onion and tomatoes along with little salt.This is totally optional.If you do not want to add onion and tomato you can skip this step.Saute them till they are well cooked .no need to brown them.
7.Pour in the spice paste along wit the Malabar tamarind/kudam puli. Mix them well.Saute till the raw taste of the powders goes off.
8.Add water according to your gravy requirement and bring it to a boil.Do a taste test at this step and adjust the spices .You can add all the spice powders again if needed.Mix well.
9.Once the water starts bubbling lower the flame and add the cleaned fish pieces.Cover and cook till they are done.
10.Do a final taste test .Our curry is ready to serve..Enjoy with steamed rice..!!!
For better taste cook it the previous night itself and serve the next day again after boiling it one more time.As this will allow the flavors to blend so well that your family will like it and praise Cooking your skill..
You are free to increase or decrease the amount of spice powders according to your family's taste preferences.
If the curry became so tangy feel free to remove the 1 or 2 kudampuli pieces from the curry.
FISH FRY ,RED BOILED RICE,FISH COOKED WITH SHALLOTS AND SPICY TANGY FISH CURRY (no onion and ,tomatoes were just used for garnishing)