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Meen Achar ~ Kerala Style Fish Pickle !

Sometimes food makes you absolutely emotional.While I was drafting this post I received a comment from Rafeeda on my post Paal Vaazhakka.Which left me even more emotional.Bloggers and readers like Rafeeda makes it worth an effort.Thank you so much Rafeeda.My prayers for your grandmother as well.

Todays recipe is something very close to my heart.In more than one decade of hostel life,I can’t count the number of Pickles and pickle jars I have carried,entertained and satisfied myself with.This fish pickle undoubtedly remains a star among them !


Ingredients

To Marinate and fry 

1 kg fish (with bone is my preference.I used red snapper here),cut into small pieces
1 tbsp kashmiri chilly powder
1.5 tbsp pepper powder
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1.5 tsp mustard seeds
salt,as required
1-2 tsp vinegar to grind
oil to fry

To pickle

I cup nallenna/gingerly oil
1 tbsp yellow mustard/kadukuparippu
2 pieces of ginger,crushed (2.5 inch)
1/2 cup garlic
2 green chilly,slitted
1 1/4 cup kashmiri chilly powder
3/4 tsp fenugreek powder
1 1/4 cup vinegar
1/2 to 3/4 cup water,boiled & cooled
2 sprig curry leaves



Method

Clean,wash and pat dry the fish pieces.Prepare the marination grinding with vinegar.Marinate for at least 4 hours or overnight.Heat oil (coconut oil will be good if you want that real authentic taste) and fry the marinated fish till brown.Keep it aside.
In a heavy bottomed kadai,heat gingerly oil till smoky.Drop the yellow mustard and allow it to splutter.Reduce the heat.Add crushed ginger, garlic,curry leaves and green chillies and fry till it change color.Switch off the stove and add the kashmiri chilly powder slowly mixing with a spoon.Switch on the flame again and let it remain in low for 2 minutes more.Add fenugreek powder,salt and fried fish pieces to this mix.Pour in vinegar and water (boiled and cooled).Let this simmer for 3-4 minutes.Switch off and allow to cool.Shift to air tight jars.Enjoy !

 


*Using small fish with bone may be a difference to many.In my experience ,these ones are more tasty,healthy and flavorful.

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43 comments on “Meen Achar ~ Kerala Style Fish Pickle !

  1. Priya Satheesh
    July 1, 2012

    woow….mouthwatering pickle…awesome clicks and so tempting:)

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  2. R.Punitha
    July 1, 2012

    Hi Melange ,

    I'm Drooooooooooling Here Dear :))))

    Looks Perfect and Neat presentation..

    Keep on Melange:) 🙂

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  3. PT
    July 1, 2012

    very delicious.. we prepare it slightly different.. i always remove fish bone for pickle..

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  4. Balachandran V
    July 1, 2012

    Sometimes one realizes the limitation of language – drooling, awesome, fantastic, tempting – I gaze at the the partly exposed red snapper and sigh as I salivate…

    Of late, your photographs have undergone a sea change! Maddeningly beautiful!

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  5. Rekha
    July 1, 2012

    looks so spicy and tempting pickle.makes me drool.. beautiful clicks:)
    http://indiantastyfoodrecipes.blogspot.com

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  6. Jay
    July 1, 2012

    wow..looks scrumptiously tasty
    Tasty Appetite

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  7. faseela
    July 1, 2012

    wow…..no words….fabulous pickle dear…

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  8. Julie
    July 1, 2012

    Mouthwatering & delectable ones dear..drooling here:)
    Erivum Puliyum

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  9. The Mad Scientist
    July 1, 2012

    Lovely pictures.

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  10. Insignia
    July 2, 2012

    Fish pickle 🙂 Seems interesting. The picture in deed is tempting.

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  11. ആശംസകള്‍…………, ബ്ലോഗില്‍ പുതിയ പോസ്റ്റ്‌……. പ്രിത്വിരാജ് സിംഹാസ്സനത്തില്‍ , മുല്ല മൊട്ടും മുന്തിരി ചാറുമായി ഇന്ദ്രജിത്ത്……….. വായിക്കണേ…………….

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  12. Rafeeda
    July 2, 2012

    thank you for your mention, melange… i feel really nice… 🙂 this recipe is also up for trial… when i do it, i'll definitely let u know…

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  13. anilkurup
    July 2, 2012

    There are a few gastronomical fantasies that are real and this is one such.One may not lose much if a jar full of pickled fish is demanded as a final wish if so be.

    I guess Seer fish and prawns too are wonderful when pickled. aren't they?

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  14. radha
    July 2, 2012

    Looks spicy and great like a pickle should!

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  15. hemalata
    July 2, 2012

    Yummy n mouthwatering pickle.

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  16. Bikramjit
    July 2, 2012

    yummy and ENJOY I SHall for a long time … thank to you

    and hey you coming out with some othr meat pickle PLEASE 🙂

    Bikram's

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  17. Am salivating here.. loved the jar in which you have put the pickle. Just mouthwatering!

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  18. Reshmi
    July 2, 2012

    mouthwatering… yumm..
    Noel collections

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  19. Kavi
    July 2, 2012

    I'm a vegetarian. And I still wanted to comment because your photographs are simply brilliant!

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  20. Suja Manoj
    July 2, 2012

    Can't stop drooling,spicy and delicious pickle,enikku ethu mathram mathi chooru unnan:)

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  21. Spice up the Curry
    July 2, 2012

    very flavorful pickle

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  22. Priya
    July 2, 2012

    Mouthwatering here, wat a terrific and super tempting pickle..

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  23. bhavna
    July 2, 2012

    very flavorful and yummy pickle…..nice presentation…thanks for visiting me….happy to follow you back…

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  24. bhavna
    July 2, 2012

    very flavorful and yummy pickle…..nice presentation…thanks for visiting me….happy to follow you back…

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  25. yummy tangy pickle.

    Meg's Delicious Adventures

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  26. Asmath Nawaz
    July 3, 2012

    Lip smacking recipe…you have a lovely blog with mouth watering recipes….happy to follow you…pls drop in my space too…
    http://fitforataste.blogspot.com

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  27. Ambreen
    July 4, 2012

    Mouthwatering pickle, looks fantastic! Thanks for visiting me and for the sweet words. You have a beautiful blog. Now following you 🙂

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  28. shrutisrasoi
    July 4, 2012

    looks delicious ……me drooling 🙂

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  29. Ganga Sreekanth
    July 4, 2012

    meen achar kandittu kothi vannittu vayya.superb dear……..

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  30. Katerina
    July 4, 2012

    I haven't made this type of pickle but it looks very tasty and inviting!

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  31. Shabbu
    July 4, 2012

    very tempting and yummy pickle…nice clicks..
    Shabbu's Tasty Kitchen

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  32. Asmath Nawaz
    July 4, 2012

    Sorry that i dint know…i am not following….i have just come back and added mine here…thanks for dropping in my space…plz feel free to follow me too…

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  33. Liang-Win
    July 6, 2012

    This is just mouth watering….love the color of this curry!!!
    http://www.cookbook.liangwin.com

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  34. Renu navin paliwal
    July 7, 2012

    wow..looks sooo tasty!!
    http://foodigest.blogspot.com/

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  35. Sumee
    July 8, 2012

    Uhh.. that looks so tempting Mel. It looks very similar to one of the konkani dish that we make! The more days you keep better the taste. But it cannot be saved as pickle.. So this was an interesting recipe for me. Thnx for visitng me.. You have a nice space.

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  36. Priyas Feast
    July 10, 2012

    I am bookmarking this recipe..Super drool worth pickle..

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  37. JishasKitchen
    July 10, 2012

    hooo…kothippichu…I am drooling over here..!!

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  38. Rani Prasad
    September 14, 2012

    Hi, njanithu try cheythu. valare nallathanu. so tasty & spicy. but u r not mentioned asafoetida, one of the main ingredient. thanks….

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  39. Mélange
    September 14, 2012

    @Rani – Happy to read that you have successfully tried out this pickle.Thanks for the comment.Reg asafoetida,it's not that I have forgotten.I don't use it with FISH pickle..I have found this pickle tastes even better without asafoetida.Glad that you are with serious interest in cooking.

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  40. Swasthi Blank
    December 13, 2012

    Planning to steal this recipe of your's this weekend. looks awesome!

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    January 10, 2014

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  42. kamalini roy
    January 30, 2014

    Wow excellent recipe! Thanks for sharing with us, really fish pickle are tasty food to eat, I fond a interesting website while reading picklemasti it caught my eye. I visited website, I came to know they are offering a sample of Mango Pickle (100gms) at doorstep absolutely FREE!!!! Free Indian pickle offer is limited!

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