Varutharacha Meen Curry – Fish Curry with freshly Roasted Masala

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Varutharacha Meen Curry – Fish Curry with freshly Roasted Masala

Fish Curry

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Varutthu Aracha Meen Kuzhambu/ Fish Curry with Dry Roasted Spices

  • Author: Nithya Ravikumar
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 3


  • Fish – 500 gms
  • Tamarind – a small lemon sized ball
  • Oil- 3tbs
  • Vadagam – 1 tsp.
  • Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
  • Oinons – 3
  • Tomatos – 2
  • Green chilli – 3
  • Garlic cloves – 8
  • Curry leaves – as needed
  • Salt- to taste
  • Dry red chillies- 5
  • Coriander seeds- 1tbs


  1. Soak the tamarind in the water, extract the pulp by adding a cup of water.
  2. Dry roast the dry red chillies and coriander seeds just for 1 min, grind into a fine paste by adding 1/4 cup of water.
  3. Add the grinded mixture to the tamarind extract water and mix well.
  4. In a kadai add the oil, add in vadagam( if you don’t hav vadagam you can substitute with 1tsp – mustard seeds, 1/2 tsp – methi seed and cumin seeds -1/2tsp) and cumin seeds fry just 30 seconds.
  5. Add the onions, garlic and green chill and fry till onions turns translucent.
  6. Add the tomatoes and cook until it turns mushy
  7. Add the tamarind water, salt and turmeric powder.
  8. Close with the lid and cook for 20 mins
  9. Finally add the fish one by one carefully, and close the lid and cook for another 10 mins.
  10. Sprinkle some coriander leaves if needed.
  • Category: Non-vegetarian Gravy
  • Cuisine: south Indian


These all the ingredients.

DSC_3123Dry roast the coriander seeds

DSC_3127Dry roast the dry red chillies

DSC_3134Grind them into a fine paste.

DSC_3147Add the grinder paste to the tamarind water  and mix well.

DSC_3121Add oil

DSC_3135Add vadagam

DSC_3136Add cumin

DSC_3138Add the onions and fry till its translucent

DSC_3140Add garlic, green chilli and curry leaves.

DSC_3146Add required amount of salt and cook until the mixtures is combined.

DSC_3152Now add the tamarind mixture.

DSC_3156Add enough water, cook until the mixture is thicken

DSC_3162Finally add the fish one by one..cook for 10 mins.

Serve hot with rice.


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