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Meen Perattiyathu (Stir Fried Fish- Kerala Style)

Meen Perattiyathu is a dish close to my heart eversince I tasted this some years back. This dates back to 2005, when J was posted in Secunderabad. As luck would have it, a couple of J's classmates from Sainik Schook, Kazhakkoottam, were also here. We made it a point to meet up every weekend. It was


  • 500 gms Fish cut into chunks
  • 2 Onion Chopped
  • handful shallots Thinly sliced - a
  • 1 chopped ginger " Finely - piece
  • 5 - 6 cloves chopped garlic Finely
  • 3 - 4 green chillies Finely chopped
  • 2 sprigs Curry leaves
  • 1 - 1/2 teaspoons Kashmiri Chilli powder - (adjust to suit your taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Turmeric powder powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Pepper powder powder
  • 1 teaspoon Fennel seeds
  • 1 Cinnamon " - stick
  • to taste Salt


  • Powder the fennel seeds and cinnamon stick together and keep aside.
  • Heat oil in a non stick pan.
  • Saute the onions, shallots , ginger, garlic, green chillies aand curry leaves till almost brown.
  • Tip in the fish pieces along with salt and mix well.
  • Cover and cook on low heat till half done.
  • Do NOT add water.
  • When the fish is half cooked, add the chilli powder, turmeric powder and pepper powder and stir well.
  • Cover and cook further till the fish is done.
  • Add the powdered fennel and cinnamon and stir.
  • Cook till the water content is no more.
  • Serve hot with rice.