How to make Meen Kari -

Fish in coconut masala flavoured with vinegar

Sanjeev Kapoor

This is a Sanjeev Kapoor exclusive recipe.

Main Ingredients : King Fish, Curry Leaves (कड़ी पत्ते )

Cuisine : Kerala

Course : Main Course Seafood

Meen Kari

Meen Kari Recipe Card


The cuisine of Kerala is very hot and spicy and offers several gastronomic opportunities. The food is generally fresh, aromatic and flavoured. Keralites are mostly fish-and-rice eating people. The land and the food are rich with coconut, though one cannot imagine Kerala food without chillies, curry leaves, mustard seeds, tamarind and asafoetida. Just a little tamarind can substitute tomatoes, but there is no real substitute for curry leaves. 
The locals put to good use whatever the land offers and the result is a marvellous cuisine that is simple yet palate tickling. 
Kerala has an abundance of jackfruits, pineapples, mangoes, custard apples and an endless variety of bananas. The unusual cuisine of Kerala brings to the fore the culinary expertise of the people of Kerala. Producing some of the tastiest foods on earth, the people of Kerala are gourmets with a difference.

Prep Time : 11-15 minutes

Cook time : 16-20 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Moderate

Taste : Mild

Ingredients for Meen Kari Recipe

  • King Fish cut into 1 inch pieces 2

  • Curry Leaves 2 tablespoons

  • Cumin seeds 1 teaspoon

  • Garlic crushed 2-3 cloves

  • Onion chopped 1

  • Curry leaves 8-10

  • Turmeric powder 1/2 teaspoon

  • Red chilli powder 1 teaspoon

  • Coriander powder 1 teaspoon

  • Salt to taste

  • Malt vinegar 2 teaspoon

  • For masala

  • Coconut scraped 1/2

  • Onion 1

  • Ginger 1 inch piece

  • Green chillies 1-2

  • Fresh coriander leaves 1 small bunch


Step 1

Grind all the masala ingredients to a smooth paste and set aside.

Step 2

Heat oil in a pan and add cumin seeds.

Step 3

When they begin to change colour, add garlic and sauté for a couple of minutes.

Step 4

Add onion and sauté until golden brown.

Step 5

Add curry leaves, turmeric powder, red chilli powder, coriander powder and salt.

Step 6

Sauté for a minute and add the ground paste.

Step 7

Stir in one and half cups of water and bring it to a boil.

Step 8

Add fish pieces and cook on medium heat for five to seven minutes or until the fish pieces are cooked.

Step 9

Gently stir in malt vinegar and serve hot.

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