Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Meen Kuzhambu with Ground Onion (Fish Gravy with Ground Onion)

I had the worst craving for fish the other day. It's funny that when I was a kid, I never used to care for fish very much. I'd much rather eat shrimp or crabs and used to get quite irritated when Amma would buy fish. Funny how times have changed! I've become a self-professed fish addict as well! I found myself dying for fish and drove to the fish market, cooked the fish right away and ate it. Man, was that ever satisfying!!

When I was thinking about how to make the gravy, it occurred to me that I could add a bit of coarsely ground onion with the masala. I found it to help balance the sourness of the tamarind a bit as well as give the gravy a bit of richness that was really divine! Just be sure to compensate with enough extra spice or the gravy will be dull, since the onions will make it feel less spicy than usual!



Ingredients:

Fish - 1 1/2 lb, cleaned and cut into small steaks
Shallot - 3 medium, sliced finely (you could use 1 medium onion instead)
Tomato - 2 medium, chopped
Tamarind - small lime size, soaked in water, juice extracted

Dry roast for a few seconds and coarsely grind with 1 shallot (or 1/4 onion):

Coriander powder - 2 tsp
Fennel powder - 1 1/2 tsp
Chilly powder - 3-4 tsp, or to taste
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp

For seasoning:

Oil (recommended: sesame oil)
Fenugreek (methi) seeds - 1 tsp
Curry leaves - 1 sprig

Method:

1. Wash the fish well with turmeric powder and lime juice. Keep aside.

2. Heat oil in a pan. When hot, add the fenugreek seeds and toss for a few seconds until lightly brown.

3. Add the curry leaves and shallots. Fry until the shallots brown.

4. Then, add tomatoes and saute until they soften a bit.

5. Now, add the tamarind juice, masala paste, 1 cup of water, and required salt. Bring to a boil and simmer until the gravy becomes thick (to your desired consistency).

6. Now, lower the heat and add the fish pieces. Cover the pan and cook for about 3-5 minutes on medium low until the fish is cooked. Re-check for seasoning and turn off.

Serve with a platter of steaming hot white rice and enjoy with some fish fry!! :)

a serving for you!

22 comments:

Asha said...

Whenever I make shahi dishes, I always use coarsely ground onions for the gravy. Fish curry looks yum. I made one for the first time, usually I don't even buy fish!:D

Seema said...

Great fish curry.. colour & gravy looks so perfect.. I love fish currys, but my hubby does not eat fish! So hardly make it. My mouths watering....

vimmi said...

Oh what a llovely color. I started eating fish only after marriage, but love it. DOnt get good fish here though.

Kalai said...

Ashakka, thanks! Was really awesome! :)

Seema, you poor thing!! I'll make it for you anytime! :)

Vimmi, thanks so much! Keep looking. Sometimes Chinese stores have good fish! Else I'll send you some... :)

Cham said...

Aaah kalai. I was fond of seafood which become once upon a time now:) I just stop bcause my hus hate the smell.But My son loves now fish , I just cook on his own way . whenever i visit my place , everyday my mom does it. Ungal vittuku nallaiku varrein. Goes well the next day morn with idlis :)

Revathi said...

Fish is my all time favourite. The fish curry looks awesome

Kalai said...

Cham, funny how things change after marriage, right? You're right! Perfect with idlis next morning! Dhaaraalamaa vaangal! :)

Thanks, Revathi! I love fish, too! :)

Dhivya said...

Wow!kalai..meen kozhambu..i love to eat..once i made kuzhambu with salmon fish..it didnt come out well...which fish u used?want to try...

Kalai said...

Dhivya, I used whiting here, but there are many varieties you can use. I've had good results with tilapia, sea bass, porgy, croaker, butterfish, trout, to name a few. The fresher the fish, the better the kuzhambu! :)

Sig said...

You are my kinda gal... fish curry with rice and fish fry... :) I was born a fish addict...

Homecooked said...

Wow...this looks great.Something different to try out as my fish curries are mostly coconut based.It looks delicious :)

Kalai said...

Sig, fish feasts are so awesome, aren't they?? :)

Homecooked, thanks! Yes, it was different and tasted great even without coconut! :)

indosungod said...

WOW that's the best way to overcome them cravings. Fish curry looks absolutely delicious and drool worthy. Now guess who's got the cravings :)

Shankari said...

I dont eat fish Kalai, but that gravy is very tempting

sra said...

How nice, you crave for fish, drive to the market, come home, cook it and eat it up. I crave for fish, I call the shop and they deliver just as I'm all nice and bathed and clean and ready to go to work!

Sagari said...

love the gravy a lot kalai yummmmmmm

Mansi Desai said...

wow Kalai! that gravy looks yummy indeed, and I would ahve grabbed a bite were I not a vegetarian:)

Rama said...

Love the gravy...

Kalai said...

Sorry for my late response, girls! My husband was keeping the computer hostage!

Indosungod, welcome to my blog!! I'll send you some anytime you want!

Thanks, Shankari!

Sra, you are so lucky, girl!! Wish I had that kind of service!

Kalai said...

Thank you, Sagari! Hope you try it! :)

Mansi, that is a true compliment!! Thanks, girl! :)

Rama, thank you and welcome to my blog! Have a great weekend! :)

Rina said...

Love meen kozlambu, any kind, anytime...

Kalai said...

My kind of girl, Rina!! :)