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Meen Pappas ! (Fish cooked in spices and coconut milk)

It’s been long since I posted a fish recipe.To keep the balance, here I am with Meen Pappas / fish pappas ! Fish pappas is a medium spicy gravy simmered in coconut milk.Served with Kerala rice and thoran,this will be a memorable meal for you !

1/2 kg fish,cut into thick pieces
handful of shallots,sliced
1 inch ginger piece,chopped
4 garlic cloves,chopped
1 green chilly,slitted lengthwise
2 pieces of coccum soaked in water (according to the sourness you need)
1tsp mustard seeds
1/2 tsp fenugreek seeds
1 cup thin coconut milk
3/4 cup thick coconut milk
2 sprig curry leaves
Coconut oil,salt as needed

For the spice mix

2 tsp coriander powder
1 tsp kashmiri chilly powder
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1/4 tsp pepper powder
2 tbsp water


In a medium pot,preferably clay pot,heat oil and splutter mustard and fenugreek seeds.Take care not to burn them.Add green chillies and curry leaves,followed by ginger and garlic.Fry them till the raw smell vanishes.Meanwhile prepare a spice paste adding the spices mentioned in the section and water.Add this to the curry pot with a little more water washing the spice bowl.This will prevent it from burning while roasting. Sauté this till oil clears over the top and a nice aroma start wafting.Pour the thin coconut milk at this stage,followed by soaked coccum along with water and salt.Bring it to a boil and add the fish pieces.Cook this in medium heat till the gravy thickens and fish get cooked.Finally pour thick coconut milk and shake the pot with both your hands.Check the consistency.Simmer till the gravy turns thick and creamy.Throw the curry leaves and switch off the stove.Let the curry sit like that with a closed lid at least for one hour.This process can convert it to a tasty curry since the spices will be properly blended.Enjoy with Rice !


6 comments on “Meen Pappas ! (Fish cooked in spices and coconut milk)

  1. Muraligeetham
    July 19, 2011

    wow! curry looks real tasty!!


  2. Suja
    July 19, 2011

    Wow superb curry,the spice mix sounds delicious..gravy looks rich and absolutely tempting..bookmarked.


  3. Mugdha
    July 19, 2011

    Looks soo tempting and inviting..hats off 2 u..:)


  4. Bikramjit
    July 20, 2011

    I have not been eating fish curries .. But recetly i had it at a friends place for first time ..

    Thise recipe looks goood maybe one of these days i will give it a try and see how it goes ..



  5. sm
    July 22, 2011

    looks tasty curry


  6. JishasKitchen
    July 29, 2011

    wow…this is my fav fish recipe..and you made it so perfectly…looks so colorful and beautiful..!!


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This entry was posted on July 19, 2011 by in Fish, kerala food, Non-veg curries.


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