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GOK #49: Meen Peera

GOK #49:  Meen Peera
This is a wonderfully light yet flavourful fish recipe from God's Own Country. You can use a variety of fish with bones for this recipe but it works especially well with netholi (anchovies). Try this!

500gm of fish with bones,cleaned and sliced (we used anchovies which can be used whole with heads removed) 
3 kudam puli - the blackened tamarind that's used in most Kerala fish curries 
4-6 green chillies, depending on taste 
1 cup of grated coconut 
3 cloves of garlic 
6-8 shallots / cheriya ulli 
1" piece of ginger 
1/4 tsp of turmeric powder 
A few curry leaves 
2 tbsp of coconut oil 
Salt to taste 


1. Grind the coconut, garlic, shallots, ginger, turmeric, and chillies together into a coarse paste with some added water.

2. Add the cleaned fish, ground coconut paste, kudam puli, and salt to a wide pan and mix gently until combined. Bring this mixture together with a spatula and press down firmly, keep flame on low and cook covered until the fish is cooked and soft - depending on the type of fish used, this will take anywhere between 12-20 mins. 

3. When done, add the coconut oil and curry leaves, mix gently, and keep covered until ready to serve. 

Note - If raw mangoes are in season, you can add few pieces of that for sourness instead of the kudam puli. It's delicious and pairs well with the fish and coconut.

Courtesy:  Rita Abraham