Meen mulakittathu (Kerala red fish curry). Add an extra oomph to your everyday meal with this vibrant red fish curry. The bold and distinctive flavor of coccum makes it so unique and delicious. Best of all, it’s highly nutritious and can be made in a jiffy.
I have always been fascinated by the rich and diverse cuisines around the world. Honestly, there’s something about exploring and immersing yourself in a foodie dream of flavors and deliciousness.
However, every now and then, my heart yearns to go back to my roots, and enjoy the warmth of traditional homemade food. Growing up, fish was an absolute staple in my household. And obviously, this red fish curry also called meen mulakittathu was a favorite.
This fish curry is a delightful blend of robust Indian flavors – spicy, tangy, and of course, totally lip-smacking. The flavors develop overtime, so make this curry a day before to allow the fish pieces to soak in the vibrant sauce.
Obviously, the vibrant sauce gets its color from red chili powder. In this case, Kashmiri chili powder to reduce the heat. However, feel free to add in regular chili powder to level up the heat factor.
Another important ingredient in this meen mulakittathu recipe is coccum. It imparts the unique tangy flavor to the curry that’s very similar to tamarind. But, don’t substitute coccum with tamarind, that’s an absolute ‘no-no’ in this recipe.
Traditionally, this red fish curry is made in claypots. If you don’t own one, just use your regular frying pan.
Talking about the type of fish used in this recipe, I have opted for my favorite salmon. Other varieties like kingfish, barramundi, tilapia, mackerel, black bream and snapper taste delectable cooked in the red sauce.
Besides red chili powder, you’ll also need ground turmeric and fenugreek seeds to create the classic curry. Ginger, garlic and a few curry leaves add the much needed touch of flavor.
Serve this meen mulakittathu with rotis or over a bed of rice to soak up the lovely flavors of the sauce.
More fish curry recipes:
- Kerala Fish Curry
- Fish Coconut Curry
- Malabar Fish Roast
- Meen Pollichathu | Fish Cooked in Banana Leaf
- Fish Tikka Masala
- Brazilian Fish Stew | Moqueca
- Fish Molee | Kerala Fish Stew
- Goan Fish Curry
- Fish Masala