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Meen Puttu (Stir Fried Shredded Fish)

 

 

Being relatively new to Chennai, I am still in the process of learning the names of ingredients in Tamil. Sometimes, my maid gets me the freshest fish and our dicussions veers towards different Tamil dishes. One such dish that caught my fancy was Sura Puttu. Initially I thought that she was talking about Kerala’s popular breakfast Puttu. Only when she explained the process did I understand that it was totally different. Sura, in Tamil is Shark. Though ideally, this dish is to be prepared with Shark meat, I prepared it with Mackerel. This dish goes very well with rice.

 

 

Meen Puttu (Stir Fried Shredded Fish)

Meen Puttu (Stir Fried Shredded Fish)

Being relatively new to Chennai, I am still in the process of learning the names of ingredients in Tamil. Sometimes, my maid gets me the freshest fish and our dicussions veers towards different Tamil dishes. One such dish that caught my fancy was Sura Puttu. Initially I thought that she was talking

Ingredients
  

  • 500 gms Fish
  • 12 - 15 shallots sliced
  • 1 sprig Curry leaves
  • 2 green chillies Slit
  • 1/2 teaspoon Mustard seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cumin seeds
  • 2 teaspoons Ginger garlic paste paste
  • 1 - 1/2 teaspoons Chilli powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Fennel powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Pepper powder powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Turmeric powder powder
  • to taste Salt

Instructions
 

  • Clean and wash the fish.
  • Take some water in a vessel.
  • Add salt and a bit of turmeric powder and bring the water to a boil.
  • Drop the fish into it and allow to cook(you could steam the fish as well).
  • Once cooked, take the fish and discard the water.
  • Remove the flesh carefully and dicard the bones.
  • Crumble the fish and keep aside.
  • Heat oil in a pan.
  • Add the mustard and cumin seeds, When they start to splutter, add the curry leaves and shallots.
  • When the shallots turn slightly brown, add the green chillies and ginger-garlic paste.
  • Stir till the raw smell goes off.
  • Add the chilli powder, fennel powder, pepper powder and turmeric powder and fry for a few seconds.
  • Add the crumbled fish and mix well.
  • Cook for a couple of minutes.
  • Check and adjust the seasoning.
  • Switch off heat and serve hot.

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