Kerala Fish Curry( meen mulakittathu)

Kerala Fish Curry( Meen Mulakittathu -king fish):

I am so happy to post today’s recipe- Kerala Style Fish Curry/ Meen Mulakittathu!! This is one that recipe of my dad which is being frequently asked by our family and friends..if i am right,i have prepared the recipe or wrote the recipe a couple of times for many of them..and most of my cousins ask to prepare the same Meen Mulakittathu ,if they are visiting us for Lunch….from dad me too learnt this awesome recipe of Kerala fish curryTHANK YOU DAD:-)

kerala fish curry
kerala fish curry/ Meen Mulakittathu

and now all of them are following the same recipe !! So you guyz could imagine the taste of this Fish curry..?!!

Too easy to prepare with few ingredients..the curry tastes divine with rice!!its a great combination..if you love this dish, may be you will love Kerala Style Meen Pollichathu / Fish cooked in Banana Leaf !!

meen mulakittathu

here’s the recipe:



grinding stone is the star of the recipe…


  • king fish/any other fish-1/2 kg
  • Garlic-6-8 cloves( thinly sliced )
  • garlic-12-15 cloves( pasted finely )
  • Ginger-1 small pc( thinly sliced )
  • ginger-2 pcs( pasted )
  • mustard -1/2 teaspoon & fenugreek seeds-1/4 teaspoon- crushed together in stone grinder
  • Mustard seeds-1/2 teaspoon
  • fenugreek seeds-a pinch
  • kashmiri chilly powder-2 spoon
  • red chilly powder-1 1/2 spoon
  • Coconut oil-2 spoonth
  • Curry leaves-a small bunch
  • water-1 small cup
  • tomato paste-3 spoon
  • gambooge /fish tamarind-5(cut to half )

How to make:

1)heat the mud pot(for better taste,mud pot is a must)..add oil and splutter fenugreek seeds well and later mustard seeds..

2)to this add the sliced Ginger & Garlic..let it become golden brown…


3)to this add the curry leaves and saute for a while..

4)later add all the crushed ingredients and saute for another couple of mins…

5)now add the red chilly powders and tomato paste..cook well till you get a thick red mixture..keep stirring for nearly 5 mins…


6)now to this add the water and blend all the ingredients together..when the curry starts bubbling,add the tamarind and reduce the flame to medium and cook well with the fish immersed well in the curry…

kerala style fish curry

7)now place the rest of the curry leaves and close the pot tightly with lid and cook in low flame for 15 mins,,,

meen mulakittathu

now comes the yummmmmmmy smelll!!!!

off the flame and give a nice stir without breaking the fish:-)

king fish curry

kerala fish curry is ready!! with less effort and fewer ingredients…

Aikkora mulakittathu

the curry would go well with tapioca too:-)(yummm……..)

King fish Curry

i hope all would give a try to this easy fish recipe and njoy the typical kerala taste….

njoy folks?!!


  1. I love family recipes and this one sounds delicious. Lovely curry!

  2. For a moment I was back home in Kerala! My mom used to make it all the time♥

    1. Oh wow?!!! I am so glad to hear from you… Yeah.. Our Kerala food is awesome!! More tasty when done by mom❤❤

      1. Spoken like a true malayali:-) you are absolutely right!

  3. Looks fabulous Nimmi – My mouth is watering…I will try this recipe soon! 🙂

    1. Oh wowww!!! Hope you will love it❤❤
      Thank you so much for stopping by?

  4. What a fun recipe from your dad Nimmi!

    1. Yeah… Thank you so much Lori?

  5. This looks great, and there’s soooo much garlic. Eat this regularly and you’ll ahve the healthiest, flu-free family on the planet. Happy Fiesta Friday.

    1. Ohhh?!! Yeah..loaded with garlic?!!
      Thank you so much for stopping by?

  6. I love this, and all the pictures! I actually had to look up a mud pot on Google, so thanks for teaching me something new too! Have a wonderful weekend, and happy FF. 🙂

    1. thank you so much kaila :-)!! i feel so happy hearing you..
      yeah mud pots are awesome ..they gave an extra taste to the food..

  7. wow !!! curry looks so good 🙂 happy FF

  8. Oh, my goodness, this looks soooo good. I especially love the second photo and that dark bowl, also the second to last and third to last photos are gorgeous!!! My mouth is watering for that curry!

    1. Ohh?!! I am so glad to hear from you❤❤..
      It’s the first time some one pointing at a particular pic and telling liked it?!!thank you so much..
      Photos are clicked by my hubby❤?

      1. well tell him he did a great job!

        1. of course:-)!
          thank you so much:-)

  9. What a great recipe Nimmi! It looks absolutely delicious – huge thanks for sharing a family recipe and now I have to go and find out more about the mud pot! Happy FF!

    1. Oh thank you so much?❤❤!!
      Pleasure is mine.. The food cooked in mud pot tastes awesome..
      At my place, certain recipes are done only on mud pots( different shape for each recipe ) .. This one is fish mud pot..also some people store water at huge big water mud pots, which gives extra chillnes to normal water..

  10. My favorite any day, any time. Great pics, Nimmi!

    1. thank you so much:-)!! yeah its every one’s favorite:-)
      pics’ credit goes to hubby dear….:-)

  11. Don’t you just love having enduring family recipes? There is nothing better than this! I can see why everyone loves this one so much! It looks so delicious! 😀

  12. This looks yummy, I love fish curry! You can’t be a family recipe either!

  13. This looks absolutely divine!!! Love that you passed on your family recipe. King fish is my favorite fish, but alas, I don’t have all the tools that you say are a MUST! I might have to compromise though and definitely try this curry.

    1. thank you so much 🙂
      no worries…you can skip those and try with what you got..the taste would be there!!
      i mentioned for the typical taste these are a must!!
      i hope you will love this:-)

  14. One of my favorite : meen curry, especially with kappa.

  15. I have to say I don’t eat enough fish. I normally only go for it if it’s fried or heavily spiced like this. I had Indian food tonight. I thought about fish curry but decided on chicken instead, darn… Now I wish I had the fish! Luckily, when I was in LA a few weeks ago, I was able to get fresh curry leaves. Now I can make this at home. Thanks, Nimmi. Photos are wonderful! XOXO

    1. thank you so much Angie Dear…ohh woowwww..its so nice you got curry leaves in the kitchen..
      next time for sure give a try to Kerala fish curry..its super spicy and yummm…i am sure you would love it:-)

      1. photos are clicked by my hubby dear…so excited to hear from a talented photographer like you Angie …he is new to Food Photography…

  16. No wonder you get requests for this recipe a lot – it looks so impressive and tasty! You have a beautiful grinding stone, and I envy you your beautiful mud pot – unglazed I presume. I know how essential they are, although I have not a single one that survived. The photos are beautiful.

    1. thank you so much Hilda 🙂
      ohh….that doesn’t matter…you can try without these as well

  17. Yummm… I need a bowl of that curry & some rice & I am in heaven 🙂

    1. wowwww,all is there for you:-)
      thank you so much Naina:-)

  18. Red Fish family’s all time fav!!Who can resist a plate of rice,moru n this meen curry!Yummo!

    1. wowww….really great combination to enjoy!!
      thank you so much 🙂

  19. This looks quite fabulous! And with all those flavours, I can imagine it would be beautifully fragrant and tasty too 🙂

  20. […] King fish can be prepared in many ways!! Today i preferred to make it in typical Kerala style.. This kind of “fish pollichathu” is the traditional dish from the Kerala backwaters .. Its so delicious and divine … we love eating it along with some rice!! The spicy-sour taste is yummmmmy..if you love this dish, may be you will love Kerala Style Fish Curry / Meen Mulakittathu […]

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