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Meen Peera Vattichathu !! (fish cooked in crushed coconut and spices)

This is another fish delicacy from Kerala.A rather dry preparation with coconut and cocum.So far from what I have seen,the fish used in this dish is small,either anchovies or sardine/mackerel.It won’t be so bad an option to use fish fillets I feel.But the particular nostalgic flavor may be missing.Here is pretty anchovies de boned and prepared in manchatty !! (earthen pot)


  • 3 cup anchovies de boned and cleaned
  • 1.5 cup grated coconut
  • Handful of shallots
  • small piece of ginger
  • 4 small garlic cloves
  • 3 green chillies (according to your tolerance level)
  • half tsp turmeric powder
  • half tsp chilly powder (optional)
  • 2 spring curry leaves
  • 2 pieces of cocum (again depending on the sourness it has)
  • Half cup water
  • 2 tsp coconut oil
  • salt as required


  • Shift the cleaned fish into Manchatty/earthern pot
  • Crush the grated coconut along with shallots,ginger,garlic,chillies, turmeric and chilly powders
  • Now mix it with fish and add salt.
  • Add cocum and water .Bring to boil and then reduce the heat.
  • Drop in the curry leaves .Shake the pot and don’t stir with a spoon.
  • Check the seasoning .Now if any water remains,cook it uncovered till the water is almost evaporated.
  • Switch off the stove and sprinkle two tsp coconut oil over this.Close with the lid and set aside for half an hour before serving.(This will bring real flavours out..)
  • Serve with rice !!

5 comments on “Meen Peera Vattichathu !! (fish cooked in crushed coconut and spices)

  1. kothiyavunu.com
    February 8, 2011

    Mouthwatering peera vattichathu..liked ur version!


  2. Indianspice
    February 9, 2011

    Thanks Kothiyavunu,for dropping in and commenting.It means a lot !


    February 9, 2011

    Sounds so yummy! Shall try your version sometime…



  4. kaarasaaram.com
    February 9, 2011

    This is lovely, my mom's preparation is slightly differently but I like your version…


  5. Mélange
    February 9, 2011

    Thanks for visiting palatable
    Thanks Reva.Try once


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