Mar 20, 2012

Kottayam Style Meen Mappas

Kottayam Style Meen Mappas

Fish cooked in spicy coconut milk. Goes well as a main dish with Rice / Ghee rice / Appam / Idiyappam (string hoppers) … Basic recipe adapted from Suriyani Pachakam by Mrs Bava .R Lukose, Kottayam (Kerala)

Serves: 3 - 4


For fish:

500 g fish piece , cut into cubes
½ teaspoon turmeric powder
½ teaspoon redchilli powder
½ teaspoon salt

Wash and clean fish pieces. Drain out water completely. Wipe each fish piece with a soft kitchen towel. In a bowl, marinate fish pieces with red chilli powder, turmeric powder and salt. Keep aside for half an hour.

For Mappas:

1 tablespoon oil (or 1 - 3 tablespoon)
3 tablespoon (1/4 cup) finely sliced shallots (chuvannulli / small onion)
10 garlic cloves, sliced
1 – inch piece ginger, finely sliced
6 curry leaves
3 green chillies, slit lengthwise

1 teaspoon redchilli powder
3 teaspoon (or 1 tablespoon) coriander powder
¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
¼ teaspoon pepper powder
50 ml (1/4 cup) water

225 ml thin coconut milk
4 kudampuli (soak in 3 tablespoon water. Add ¼ teaspoon salt in water)
Marinated fish pieces
3/4 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
100 ml thick coconut milk


Dilute red chilli powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder and pepper powder in ¼ cup (50 ml) water. Make a smooth solution and keep it ready (spice mix).

Heat oil in a meenchatty or pan on a medium heat. Add finely sliced shallots, garlic, ginger, curry leaves and slit green chillies. Fry until fragrant and golden color.

Add dilutedspice mix and stir well on a low heat for 2 – 3 minutes or until raw smell goes / thickens / well combined with other ingredients (shallots, ginger, garlic …).

Add thin coconut milk and soaked kudampulis (along with soaked water. Strain water through a fine sieve) . Cover with a lid and bring to boil. When it starts boiling, add marinated fish pieces and salt to taste. Cover again and cook on a medium to low heat for 8 -10 minutes or until done / gravy thickens / fish pieces softens. Switch off the heat.

Add thickcoconut milk and gently stir well. Do not boil again. Serve with Rice / Pulao / Ghee rice / Appam / Idiyappam .
Photo of Meen Mappas - before adding thick coconut milk


Shobha said...

Love this fish curry, as you said-with plain rice and fried appalams.. yum !

Rads said...

hey gonna try it today itself..pls note that u hav mentioned "thin milk"twice..pls edit it with thick blog..all d best.


RAJ said...

Good one. Thanks Niya