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Fish Pongal & Meen Varutha Curry ( Tamil Nadu Village Sea food Cuisine )

Posted Apr 12 2009 11:40pm

TamilNaduvillage sea food cuisine

FishPongalis a speciality ofKanyakumaridistrict, TamilNadu. Mainingredientsof FishPongalincludes fish,daland coconut milk .

You need

250 g boneless Seer fish ( vanchiram )
1 cup raw rice
1 tablespoon moongdal
1teaspoon peppercorns
1 spring curry leaves
1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
1 teaspoon fennel powder
3 tablespoon coconut oil
3 cups coconut milk
1/4 cup water
Salt to taste


1, Soak raw rice andmoongdaltogether for 10 minutes.

2, Cook rice and dal together with turmeric powder and coconut milk till done and sticky.

3, Cook the boneless fish with 1 tablespoon coconut oil, 1/4 cup water and salt. Reserve fish stock for later use.

4, Heat a thick - bottomed kadai with oil. Add peppercorns, green chillies and curry leaves. Saute slowly for 3- 5 minutes.

5, Now add the cooked fish along with the stock and allow it to boil.

6, Transfer the cooked rice and dal mixture to the kadai and mix well. Allow the mixture to simmer for a few minutes. Serve hot with pickles.

MeenVarutha Curry

This recipe is popular among the fishermen families in Kolachel and Muttam

250 g boneless fish
1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
1 teaspoon fenugreek powder
1 tablespoon crushed peppercorns
3 tablespoon gingerly oil
1 teaspoon mustard seeds
5 garlic cloves
1 cup grated coconut
8 green chillies, chopped
100 g small onions
Salt to taste
1 cup water
2 teaspoon tamarind paste, dissolved in 1/4 cup water
1 spring curry leaves


1, Fry grated coconut, onions, garlic , curry leaves and green chillies in 1 tablespoon oil and grind together to a fine paste. Mix this paste with tamarind solution and keep aside.

2,Heat remaining oil in a kadai and temper with mustard seeds . Now add ground masala and fry well.

3, Add turmeric powder, salt to taste, fenugreek powder and crushed peppercorns to the masala paste and add 1 cup of water ( you can adjust the consistency with more water ).

4,Cook on a medium heat for 5 - 8 minutes. When the curry is done, add boneless fish pieces and simmer for a few minutes . Serve with rice.

Tamil Nadu Village Sea Food available at

131, St. Mary's Road, Alwarpet

Tel # 42031122/ 42031177

Land mark- Turn left from Hotel Park Sheraton out gate

Recipe Credit- Chefs of Kattumaram & Times Of India, Chennai

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