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Nei Meen vattichathu !! (Seer Fish in a thick spicy gravy)

This thick spicy fish preparation made with seer fish,is the one I adapted from the popular malayalam cookery show called “Taste of Kerala”.Since the fish curry/vattichathu proved superb with spices and coconut milk combo,I thought I would share it here.


  • 500 gms Seer fish slices
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 medium size onion sliced
  • 2 green chilly slitted lengthwise
  • 2 sprig curry leaves
  • 2 tsp kashmiri chilly powder
  • 2 tsp coriander powder
  • half tsp turmeric powder
  • 3/4 cup thick coconut milk

For Marinade

  • 5 tsp kashmiri chilly powder
  • 1 tsp crushed black pepper
  • 2.5 tbsp crushed ginger
  • salt
  • Lime juice of one lime


  • Clean the seer fish slices and pat dry
  • Make the marinade and apply it all over the fish and keep it for half an hour
  • Heat oil in a medium skillet and fry the slices slightly in law heat
  • Now place a kadai and pour the remaining fried oil.Heat oil and sauté onion ,green chillies and curry leaves till  onion changes into light brown.
  • Add chilly,coriander and turmeric powders and sauté till the raw smell disappears.
  • Place the fried slices over the masala and pour the coconut oil over this.Shake the pan and simmer in law heat till the oil separates over the top.
  • Check the seasoning and serve hot with fish/ tapioca/palappam/vellayappam

* The interesting fact about the recipe is that we are not using any souring agent directly in the curry.Since it’s unusual in Kerala,we may have a doubt about the taste.But,It’s a super hit.That’s my verdict.


5 comments on “Nei Meen vattichathu !! (Seer Fish in a thick spicy gravy)

  1. Suja Sugathan
    February 25, 2011

    Delicious and spicy fish curry,love this with kappa.


  2. Gulmohar
    February 25, 2011

    One of the best things you could make with fish 🙂


  3. Balachandran V
    June 11, 2011

    Melange!! I have drooled over your recipes many times. I enjoy cooking myself; though my repertoire is modest, my wife and son say that whatever I make tastes great!

    Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving comments.


  4. arch
    November 12, 2012

    In Kerala we dont cook the curry like this. Who told you that souring agents are not added?! Where did u get that information from?


  5. Mélange
    November 13, 2012

    That may be correct.Your style may not suit this one.And the questions you asked,I am sorry Arch,whoever you are,I haven't told anything like that.This particular dish is not using anything is what I said.And that's true.At least read the post thoroughly before responding.
    Btw,this is a blog to showcase my culinary experiences.I don't carry any baggage of 'authenticity' with me.If you have,please carry on.


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This entry was posted on February 25, 2011 by in Fish, kerala food.


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