Karimeen Mappas Recipe

Hi, I am back after the vacation :). Thanks for your wishes, had a great time back home. Thank you for visiting the blog and trying out the recipes and writing to me. I hope I’ve answered all your comments/feedback, if in case I’ve missed any, please don’t hesitate to remind me.

Some of my blogger friends passed me a wonderful award. Priya, Pooja and Ria passed me the ” I love your blog award”. Thanks a ton dear friends.

Now this recipe comes straight from my mother in law’s kitchen. Karimeen is a delicacy for most of the malayalees.  You can try this recipe with Pomfret and Kingfish also.

Here goes the recipe:

Karimeen Mappas
Recipe type: Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian, South Indian, Kerala
Serves: 3-4
  • Karimeen (Pearl spot) - ½ kg, cleaned
  • Turmeric powder - ¼ - ½ tsp
  • Chili powder - ½ - 1 tsp
  • Pepper powder - ½tsp
  • Vinegar - 1 tsp
  • Salt
  • Onion - 1 big, sliced finely
  • Ginger & garlic - 1 tbsp each, finely sliced
  • Green chili - 4-5
  • Tomato - 1 big, sliced
  • Cardamom - 2
  • Cloves - 2
  • Cinnamon - a small piece
  • Pepper powder - 1 tsp
  • Cashew paste - 1½ tbsp
  • Medium thick coconut milk - 1 cup
  • Thick coconut milk - 1 cup
  • Coconut oil
  • Salt
  • Curry leaves
  1. Marinate the cleaned fish pieces with turmeric powder, chilli powder, pepper powder, vinegar and salt. Keep it aside for 10 minutes. Shallow fry the marinated fish pieces, it should be half cooked only. Make sure that fish pieces do not become brown colour.
  2. In the same pan, splutter cardamom, cinnamon & cloves. Add ginger, garlic, onion & green chili. Saute till the onion becomes soft. Add tomato and pepper powder and cook till it becomes soft. Add medium thick coconut milk and salt. When it boils add the fried fish pieces. Cover and cook in low - medium flame for 5-10 minutes. Add cashew paste to the thick coconut milk and stir well. Add the thick coconut milk to the curry. Cook for 5 minutes (approx). When it is about to boil, remove from gas. Garnish with coriander leaves.
  3. Serve it with appam, bread, chappathi etc;


  • http://vishnucooks.blogspot.com Priya Sriram

    Welcome back Maria! Hope you had a great time!
    Its a pleasure to share the award with you! :)
    And karimeen looks very inviting and mouth-watering! :)

  • http://www.varshaspaceblog.blogspot.com varsha

    oh..kandittu eduthu chadan thonnanu…superbbbbbb..am also back after a break..:)

  • http://fourseasonsoflove.blogspot.com/ Sakshi

    Oh my so you stuffed yourself with all the kerala delicacies??? my am so envious…glad to have you back

  • http://myexperiencewithcooking.blogspot.com Pooja

    Welcome back Maria! Hope you had a lovely vacation and great time at home. Karimeen mappas look so delicious. Mouth-watering!

  • prajusha

    hope u ahd a great vacation.
    mappas looks delicious and mouthwatering.

  • http://divyascookbook.blogspot.com Divya

    Hey Maria..so good to see you back.Hope you had a great vacation!!Hubby would love this one,I’m sure;-)!!

  • http://mykitchentreasures.blogspot.com/ Happy Cook

    One of my favourite dish.
    Looks yummy and good to kow you had a wonderful break.

  • http://riascollection.blogspot.com/ Ria

    Nice to have you back Maria! And the mappas look lovely!

  • rashmi

    hey i was looking fwd to ving u bck so i cud try out new recipes… mappas was one thing i was looking for ..it looks awesome…. hey cn u post more biryani nd chicken recipes..wud love to try them out…ur cousin anita.. is not responding to her blog …. i actually got ur site link frm her blog….nyways keep up the excellent wrk.hope u had a good hol..

  • oycie Dsilva

    Hi Maria,

    Nice 2 c u back, was peeping to c if u r back, and lo here u r.

    Hope u had a winderful time.


  • Latha

    I tried your Karimeen Mappas on week end.
    Yummy…wast the comment from Monu(my son :-) ,when it comes from the young fan my cooking I feel so proud….

    Thanks for such a nice recipe

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Hi Latha

      Thanks a lot dear for trying out the recipes and am really excited to hear that your son too loved it. My special thanks and regards to him as well :)

      Take care

  • Archana

    I made this today…..it turned out to be yummy…..thanks a lottttt Maria.

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Hi Archana

      Very happy to know that it turned out well :)

      Please do try other recipes also when you’ve time.


  • Priya

    Hi Maria,

    I tried this one too, but with Salmon. It turned out to be really good. My husbadn who never eats fish had it :)….thnks for the wonderful recipe.


  • Kavitha Philip

    I tried this recipe with Nameen… It was awesome.. My family loved it…. FINGER LICKING GOOD!!!!

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thanks a bunch Kavitha for your comment! Good to know that this recipe came out well for you.


  • Priyankathomas

    instead of cashew paste can v use cornflour?

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Priyanka,

      Yes, you can use cornflour to thicken the gravy. But the taste will be better with cashew paste.


  • Cuckoo Philips

    Thanks Maria, for this wonderful recipe. My hubby’s one of the senior officers was behind me for something typical kerala. Being in J&K, its difficult to procure ingredients needed for kerala dishes. But made his mappas using fish from Jhelum river. And just got the call appreciating the recipe and special mention about prawns ularthiyath. Kudampuli was not available anywher in J&K. So substituted it with imli. I was worried about the taste. But it came out good; though not upto the taste of kudampuli. Thank u Maria…. 

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Cuckoo,

      It’s really nice to know that this recipe worked well for you :) Thanks a lot for trying this.

      Btw, J&K is one place, that I’d love to visit sometime :)


  • reba

    Excellent recipe… my hubby loves this dish. At what stage do we add the pepper powder (ingredient no: 6)?

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thank you Reba :) You can add it along with tomato. Thanks for letting me know about it, I’ve updated the recipe accordingly.


  • gayathri

    Hi Maria, planning to try the recipe but before that kindly let me know if the onion needs to be chopped fine or sliced likewise tomatoes need to be chopped fine or sliced.By the way I am new to your blog……….LOVE the recipes and even more love the touch of honesty and humor that your blog is laced with.Love to you

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Gayathri,

      Thank you so much for your kind words dear! I’ve updated the recipe with details you’ve asked. Hope you get to try this soon..


  • Jithin

    Hmmm… I have seen my mom make mappas and fish molee. I remember she only adds vingear and chilly powder to the fish molee, never to the mappas. But to all their own. Thanks for the post

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Jithin,

      I think each dish has it’s own variations in each place. For example, we never add chilli powder to fish molee…


  • Ramya Rajesh

    Hi Maria…can you please post Karimeen pollichathu recipe please…

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Ramya,

      I’m not promising, but I’ll try :)

  • Guest

    Hi Maria,
    Can u plz tell me whts the difference btw fish molly and mappas ?
    Is both r same?
    Also can u plz post chilly fish receipe .

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose


      Karimeen mappas is a spicier version of the fish molly, since we use masala powders in it.

      I’ve posted a chilli fish and chilli prawns recipe in the past. Please check it out in the recipe index. Hope you find it interesting.


  • Jeena

    Hi Maria,
    Can u plz tell me whts the difference btw fish molly and mappas ?
    r they same?
    Also can u plz post chilly fish receipe .

  • Moncy

    Dear Maria,
    Great recipe..and the presentation s so good…congrats…
    keep rocking…

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thanks Moncy for your encouraging words, appreciate it very much :)