Varutharacha Meen Curry

Varutharacha Meen Curry


Slightly adapted from Sangeetha’s Kothiyavunu

  1. Fish – 1/2 kg (You can use salmon, tilapia, trout, halibut, king fish etc.)
  2. Drumsticks – 3 – 4, cut into 2.5” pieces and slit
  3. Tamarind – Lemon-sized or to taste (Tamarind can be replaced with raw mango pieces ( about 3-4 medium slices) or kudam puli (2-3 pieces).  If you are using kudampuli, soak them in warm water for 10 minutes and tear into small pieces)
  4. Green Chillies – 2-3 , slit
  5. Water – 1.5 – 2 cups
  6. Salt – To taste
  7. Coconut oil – 2 tsp
  8. Mustards – 1/4 – 1/2 tsp
  9. Dry red chillies – 2
  10. Curry leaves – 2 sprigs

For Roasted Coconut Paste

  1. Grated Coconut – 1.5 cup
  2. Pearl onions – 5 – 7
  3. Turmeric Powder – 1/4 tsp
  4. Red Chilly Powder – 2 tsp
  5. Coriander Powder – 2 tsp
  6. Fenugreek Powder – 1/4 tsp
  7. Curry Leaves – 1 sprig


1. Clean and wash the fish pieces. Set aside. Soak the tamarind in warm water. Squeeze out the extract, strain and keep aside.

2. Roast the grated coconut with a few curry leaves until lightly browned. Add chopped onions and keep on stirring until the coconut turns brown. Switch off. Add the spice powders. Keep stirring for a few more seconds and set aside to cool. The whole process takes about 15 – 20 minutes at medium heat. Take care not to burn the coconut and spices. Grind into a fine paste adding about 1/4 cup water, in a mixer.

Ground paste

3. Pour the ground coconut mixture into a meen chatti/ kal chatti or any deep pan. Add drumstick pieces, green chillies, curry leaves, tamarind extract, salt along with 1.5 – 2 cups of water and mix well. Switch on the stove and allow to to boil.

4. Once the curry starts boiling, add the fish pieces. After adding the fish pieces swirl the clay pot to mix everything well. Cover with a lid and simmer it for about 15 minutes or until the gravy thickens and the fish is done. Remember to rotate the meen chatti or pan in between. Add a few curry leaves and remove from fire.

5. In a small pan, heat 2 tsp coconut oil. Splutter mustards and fry dry red chillies and a few curry leaves. Pour over the fish curry. Keep it covered for at least 15 minutes. Serve with rice / kappa puzhukku. It tastes better the next day. Enjoy!!

Trivandrum Style Fish Curry


  1. The serving bowl looks so cute…and the meen curry looks traditional n flavourful

  2. Fish curry looks tempting. Loved your wooden serving bowl and spatula.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  3. Lovely curry.. Th ground masala adds so mush flavour to the dish:) beautiful presentation:)

  4. OH lovely. I could have some with rice right now :)

  5. Luv the color of the gravy. Simply irresistible !!

  6. Adipoli colour.. I am a fan of varutharacha gravys… Never tried the combo of fish n drumsticks.. veettil prawns nte koode edaarunde..Should give this a try soon..

  7. Wow adipoli..perfect color,so tempting dear..I too make fish drum stick combo,but never tried varutharachatu..will surely try this recipe.

  8. Delicious curry with that great colour….my mom makes fish, drumstick,mango combo and that is awesome…so i know that coconut paste in any form adds extra zing to it…Beautiful presentation..

  9. Fish and drumstick wow!! unusual combo… looks absolutely tempting…

    Sunanda’s Kitchen

  10. Yumm, fingerlicking meen curry,mouthwatering here..

  11. now thats a meal i would def love 2 have

  12. wonderful and yummy curry !!

  13. Mouthwatering here, super delicious curry,yumm!

  14. That setup looks so yum ..just delicious

  15. Yes, some rice and please pass the curry now:):) Looks so delicious…

  16. delicious meen curry….adipoli da!!

  17. Adipoli meen curry.

  18. I love this recipe..we also prepare this fish and drumstick combo in our home with a lil variation…urs look delicious.will try this soon..:)

  19. Tried this recipe without drumstick and it was awesome! Thanks for sharing!

  20. OMG..Slurp,finger licking meen curry..makes me hungry..Here we all love it..Thanks for linking me and I too have so many great recipes from your blog to experiment with..

  21. Anonymous says:

    just made it and it took me to my aunts house and nostalgia. made it with prawns!!!

  22. Varutharacha color kandittu kodiyavunnu…! I usually make it with prawns.

  23. This looks mouth watering… have a lovely blog…I am having a giveaway in my blog..Y dont you check and join that

  24. Thank You all for your sweet words.

    @ Sathya and Anonymous,

    Thanks a lot for trying out this recipe. Please keep visiting..

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