Meen Vevichathu (Fish Curry, Kottayam Style)

This fish curry is one of the most sought after items at my house in Kerala. I missed making it for such a long time and the reason: my husband wants “charu” (gravy) for everything, so I sticked to the fish curry recipes with coconut milk.

Since am still recovering from the hangover of my India trip, I decided to make this & once again relish the joyful memories of my holiday :)

Whenever I see the color of this fish curry, the tagline of a fish masala powder (Eastern Fish Masala) comes to my mind “edivettu (which literally translates to thundering) meencurry” . HHmmmm looks like am watching too much TV these days ;)

Here is the recipe…

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Meen Vevichathu (Fish Curry,Kottayam Style)

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Servings: 3 -4
Author: Maria Jose


  • 1/2 kg Fish (cut into medium size pieces)
  • 1 tsp Mustard seeds
  • 1/4 tsp Fenugreek (uluva)
  • 1.5 tbsp Crushed Ginger & garlic (each)
  • 6-8 Small onion / Pearl onion
  • 1.5 – 2 tbsp Kashmiri chili powder
  • 1.5 – 2 tbsp Coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 2 – 3 pieces Cocum/kudampuli
  • Curry leaves
  • Salt
  • Coconut oil


  • Soak cocum in 3 tbsp water for 10 minutes.   
  • Mix the powders (chili,coriander & turmeric) together with coconut oil/water & make a paste. Check out Fish Curry With Coconut Milk
  • Heat oil in a meenchatti (earthen ware) or a pan & splutter mustard & fenugreek. Add crushed ginger garlic paste & stir for 3,4 minutes. Add small onion & curry leaves & saute till it becomes soft.
  • Add the masala paste, salt & fry till oil starts appearing. Add cocum along with the water & fish pieces. Combine well. 
  • Make sure that fish pieces do not get broken in the process, it will be safer to rotate the pan to ensure that fish & masala is mixed well. Check out Meen Manga Curry
  • Add required amount of water & cook till the fish is done & gravy becomes thick, it will take around 20 -25 minutes on low flame. 
  • Serve with rice or kappa (tapioca)


It tastes better the next day.
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