Saturday, 15 December 2012

Fish curry Trivandrum style featuring drumsticks | Kukskitchen

Being born and brought up in the capital city, I have a few favourites from trivandrum. This particular recipe became close to my heart during my pre-degree days when my dear friend S used to bring in this fish curry made by her umma. I didn't know the recipe then, but made sure I knew it later on.
fish curry with drumsticks trivandrum style
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Inaugurating my new meen chatty ( earthen pot) :-)

fish curry with drumsticks trivandrum style


1 - Fish – 1/2 kg, cut into medium pieces

2 -  Grated coconut – 1 1/2 cup
Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp
Chilly powder – 1 tbsp
Coriander powder – 2 tsp
Shallots – 5
Tamarind paste - 1 tsp

3 -  Fenugreek powder – 1/4 tsp

4 -  Green chilies – 2, slit
Drumstick – 1, cut into 2.5 inch long pieces and slit in half
Curry leaves – 1 sprig

5 - Coconut oil – 2 tsp

7 - Salt – To taste

8 - water - 2 cups
fish curry with drumsticks trivandrum style


-  Grind (2) adding enough water.

-  In a pan, add the fish pieces, ground coconut mixture, (3), (4), salt and water. Mix well and cover with a lid.

- Bring to a boil and let it boil for a few minutes.

- Now simmer and cook until done. This would take as long as 10 minutes, but would depend on the type of fish.

- During the cooking process  make sure not to mix the fish pieces too much to avoid mushing them. To mix gentle swirl ur pan from side to side every 2-3 minutes.

- Add 2 tsp coconut oil and a few curry leaves as garnish.

- Serve hot with plain rice and yogurt.


Sherin Deepu

fish curry with drumsticks trivandrum style


  1. jyummy.nice grandma use chatti for cooking fish.authentic dish.

  2. mouthwatering curry,nice combo of drumsticks & meen:)
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  3. Yummy...curry Sherin....looks awesome...

  4. The aroma reaches here Sherin...I love this kind of curry..Love to taste yours.

  5. Loved the fish and love your earthen pot:)

  6. looks awesome n tempting curry..

  7. Using earthern pot makes he curry taste really awesome. And good way to start using it. btw delicious curry dear, I prepare dry fish gravy almost the same way :)
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  8. curry looks tempting..

  9. Heard about this fish curry,but never tasted them,now i dont have any excuse to make some.

  10. hmmm very very tempting fish curry.

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  11. You don't know how much I love and miss this fish curry. Can I ask you which fish you have used in this recipe?

  12. I used Netholi nisha, it would taste great with ayala, neymeen or any other big fish too

  13. Such an interesting recipes and I want to try it soon! I heard that this is one of the best healthy stuff!

    Thank you for sharing this recipe with us!

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  14. Thanks for recipe sherin. The meencurry turned out to be awesome. One doubt. I didn't have uluva as powder. So I directly out a few in the curry while it ok.


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An excited mum, a  responsible doctor , a friend's friend , a thankful daughter, a thankful sister and a passionate singer,  an enthusiastic cook, food writer and food photographer . That's me in a nut shell.

A doctor in my day job and a food writer and food photographer by night. I came in to cooking because of the people around me, be it the women in family who are amazing cooks or the men who luv to eat. My son is my best critic. :) Started cooking while I was at school, my first attempt being a sweetie, no surprise there for people who know me. I got interested in cooking more after marriage, as most girls do. My experiments with food blossomed after coming to the UK, where the grocery stores opened up a variety of foodie opportunities for my hungry tum.

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