MEEN MULAKITTATHU/ FISH MULAKITTATHU (MALABAR STYLE)

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Fish curry or fish fry is a daily dish for every non vegetarian malabar family. We can’t have our lunch and dinner without fish curry!!! Meen mulakittathu is one of the simple and easy fish curry. You can prepare it as “with gravy or without gravy” curry. I prefer without gravy and spicy. You can enjoy this curry with rice and kerala parathas. Meen mulakittathu and kappa (tapioca) puzhungiyathu is a famous kerala dish combination.

Ingredients : 

  1. Fish (any) : 1/2 kg, cut into pieces
  2. Shallots : 1 handful, sliced
  3. Ginger : 1″ piece, finely chopped
  4. Garlic : 6 cloves, finely chopped
  5. Tomato : 1, medium, chopped
  6. Green chilly : 2 nos, split into two
  7. Tamarind : gooseberry size (soak it in 1/2 cup water and remove the juice)
  8. Curry leaves
  9. Turmeric powder : 1/2 tsp
  10. Chilly powder : 1 or  1/12 tsp
  11. Fenugreek powder : 1/4 tsp
  12. Coconut oil
  13. Salt

Method : 

  1. Heat oil in a mun chutty( clay pot) and add the fenugreek powder and saute for 10 secs.
  2. Add sliced shallots, chopped ginger and  garlic and saute.
  3. Add the masala powders and saute.
  4. Add tomato, green chilly, curry leaves, tamarind water and salt and mix well.
  5. Add the fish pieces and mix well.
  6. Add enough water and cook it till the fish is cooked well.
  7. If you want this curry with gravy, then switch of the stove.
  8. Otherwise cook it till all the water has been absorbed.
  9. After you switch off the stove add 1 tbsp coconut oil to this and twirl the mun chutty to spread the oil in the curry.
  10. Enjoy!!!

Note : 

  • You can prepare the curry in other pans also. But clay pot gives the curry more taste.
  • You can adjust the spiciness of the curry according to your taste.
  • You can increase or decrease the size of tamarind according to your taste.
  • Coconut oil gives the curry more taste than other oils.
  • You can use any fish. We even use small chemmeens( prawns).

BHINDI MASALA/ LADY’S FINGER MASALA

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Ingredients : 

  1. Lady’s finger : 500 gms; (cut into 1″ pieces)
  2. Onion : 1, medium, chopped
  3. Tomato : 2, medium, chopped
  4. Ginger paste : 1 tbsp
  5. Green chilly : 2 nos, chopped
  6. Turmeric powder : 1/4 tsp
  7. Coriander powder : 2 tsp
  8. Red chilly powder : 1 tsp
  9. Garam masala : 1/2 tsp
  10. Coriander leaves
  11. salt
  12. oil

Method : 

  1. Heat oil in a nonstick pan and add lady’s finger pieces and saute it well. Cook it till it is done by sauteing in between.
  2. Add salt to this and cook for 1-2 minutes. keep it aside.
  3. Heat oil in a pan and add chopped onion to it. Saute the onion till it is soft.
  4. Add ginger paste to it and saute.
  5. Add chopped green chilly and chopped tomato pieces to it and saute. Cook it till it becomes soft.
  6. Add all the masala powder except garam masala and saute for a minute.
  7. Add the cooked lady’s finger and mix it well.
  8. Now add the garam masala to it and cook it for 1-2 minutes.
  9. Switch off the stove and garnish it with coriander leaves.
  10. Serve it with chapatis.

GREEN PEAS MASALA

It is an easy and quick recipe.

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Ingredients :

  1. green peas : 250 gm
  2. Onion : 1 ,medium
  3. Tomato :1 ,medium
  4. green chilly : 2 nos
  5. ginger & garlic paste : 1/2 tbsp each
  6. Garam masala or meat masala or chicken masala : 2 tsp
  7. coriander leaves
  8. salt
  9. coconut oil

For Seasoning

  1. curry leaves
  2. dry red chilly : 2 nos,broken
  3. mustard seeds
  4. coconut oil

Method :

  1. Pressure cook the green peas with enough salt and water.
  2. Heat coconut oil in a pan and saute onion till it becomes soft.
  3. Add ginger & garlic paste and saute well.
  4. Add green chilly and tomato and saute till tomato becomes soft.
  5. Add cooked green peas with remaining water.
  6. Add masala powder and mix well.
  7. Allow the gravy to thicken and adjust the salt.
  8. Switch off the stove and add coriander leaves.
  9. Heat oil in another pan and splutter mustard seeds.
  10. Add dry red chilly and curry leaves to this and saute.
  11. Add this to the cooked green peas masala for seasoning.
  12. Serve it with chapatis.

Note :

  • You can use garam masala or meat masala or chicken masala in this recipe. Curry’s taste will change according to the masala you use. But it’s really tasty  with whichever masala you use.