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Meen Mutta Olathu !! (Spicy Fish Roe)

Another fish delicacy from Kerala.Fish Roe or Meen Mutta is a hot favourite among Keralites.The roe we usually fry at home is from sardine or other regular fish in season.Such fish roe slightly spiced and well fried is served often as a ‘special’ for children in the family ! Whenever we are blessed with more of the fresh roe,we may convert it into a spicy Olathu or scrumptious thoran .I used herring roe for this spicy olathu and the result was awesome !!


  • 500 gm meen mutta/fish roe
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp chilly powder
  • 1/2 tsp Garam Masala
  • Salt
  • 2 pieces of Coccum (according to the sourness)
  • 1 onion sliced
  • 1 small piece of ginger crushed
  • 5 small cloves of garlic sliced
  • 2 Green chillies slitted lengthwise
  • 2 tomatoes chopped
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil


  • Wash the fish roe carefully.Shift it to a Manchatty/earthenware  pot.Add salt,turmeric powder and coccum (kudampuli) to it.Cook it slowly in law heat in the water roe produces.
  • Now heat coconut oil in a skillet and sauté  sliced onion along with green chilly for 2 mts.Throw ginger,garlic and chopped tomatoes. sauté  well till the raw smell vanishes and everything get mixed well.
  • Add chilly powder and garam masala. Sauté well for 2 mts
  • Mix in the cooked fish roe .Cook till dry.
  • Check seasoning and serve with hot rice /chappathi


7 comments on “Meen Mutta Olathu !! (Spicy Fish Roe)

  1. Soma
    February 28, 2011

    Haven't had fish roe in the longest time. This looks amazing.


  2. Suja Sugathan
    February 28, 2011

    Lovely recipe..sounds great,bookmarked…njan fry cheyyara kooduthalum, next time will try this.


  3. Mélange
    March 1, 2011

    Thanks Soma..
    Suja,yes its of smart flavour.plz try and see..


  4. Viki's Kitchen
    March 2, 2011

    I have tasted fish eggs very long back. Yes! it is a special dish for kids:) Nice recipe. Looks so tempting dear.


  5. Malar Gandhi
    March 2, 2011

    I am so thrilled to see this recipe on ur blog, coz' whenever I mentioned 'Roe/fish eggs' people never trusted me' that it is even edible:( Lovely preparation there, will try this for sure:)


    May 19, 2013

    Hi…kaari de mutta ithu pole cheyyan pattumo…atho athinu vere enthenkilum recipie undo..??


  7. Mélange
    June 4, 2013

    I think this recipe can go with any…Personally I love to masala fry when it comes to small fish roe.


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This entry was posted on February 27, 2011 by in Fish, fish roe, kerala food.


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