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Meen Achar/Fish Pickle



Meen achar is spicy  and delicious fish pickle which is easy to make and can be preserved in refrigerator for more than a month. This recipe is for all those spicy pickle fans like me and this truly is my favorite pickle. You can also use the same recipe to make prawns pickle. This is my mothers treasured recipe. You can use any fish without bones, but king fish is the best for this recipe


Ingredients
Boneless fish - 1 1/2 lb
Ginger- 3-4 inch thick
Garlic- 2 whole( 25-30 pods)
Green chilly- 10-15
Chilly powder- 3- 4 tsp( adjust as per taste)
Turmeric powder-3/4 tsp
Mustard powder- 1 1/2
Mustard seeds- 1 tsp
Fenu greek powder- 1 tsp
Clove- 5-6
Vinegar- 1/2cup
Curry leaves
Salt to taste
Oil




Cut fish into small cubes and drain out all excess moister( use paper towel if necessary). Marinate for 10 minutes with turmeric powder, one tsp of chilly powder and salt. Fry this in oil till cooked evenly.Drain and set aside.
Using a mixer crush ginger, garlic, cloves, green chilly and curry leaves. Do not make a paste,just a coarse mixture. Heat oil in a pan (preferably sesame oil) and add one tsp of mustard seeds. When the splutter add the gridded mixture and saute till the raw flavor disappears and browned up. Add salt, chilly powder and fry for a minute. Add mustard powder, fenu greek powder and saute and add fish and vinegar. Let the masalas get well incorporated and simmer for a minute.Allow to cool and then store in air tight container.

Try this...
Hope you will all enjoy..


Comments

  1. Wow ...... I am so tempted to try this recipe. Droolzz

    Cheers n Happy Cooking,
    Satrupa

    http://satrupa-foodforthought.blogspot.com

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  2. Hostel days orma varanu enike, amma 2-3 bottle undakki thannu vidum, athu hostel ethunathinu munne thanne trainil erunne njgal thinnu theerkum :-), Adipoli pickle i will make this soon.

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  3. I can't help sweet water oozing out from my mouth simply at the sight of the photo..then what it would be if I could taste it.

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  4. Spicy and yummy fish pickle Suja.

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  5. that looks abs yum..what fish did u use?

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  6. looks lovely, attractive colour, yummy

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  7. What an interesting dish! I've never had anything quite like it.
    But unfortunately, king fish isn't available here (in California).

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  8. Droolworthy pickles ya! Something new to me! :D

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  9. edivettu pickle! drooling here...

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  10. Tat sounds totally new to me....interesting delicious pickle

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  11. Very tempting...have not tried fish in this form before but would love to have it..

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  12. What a drool worthy pic !! I can have this with plain dosa or even with bread

    Deepa
    Hamaree Rasoi

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  13. Oh! Jolly me :D I was looking for a gud Fish pickle recipe..dankoo

    Cheers
    Reshmi

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  14. Thanks Suja, I would love to prepare fish pickles...looks very tempting..

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  15. What a coincidence. I made fish pickle day b4 yest.
    this looks so tasty and colourful
    Beena

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  16. I was planning to make some fish pickle since a long, thanks for sharing,bookmarked..

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  17. wow...brings good old memories of hostel days..a friend of mine used to bring this and it won't even last for a day...

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  18. iyyo enikku ithu ippo venam..oru rakshayum illa kto...

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  19. Beautiful color..looks very authentic!

    US Masala

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  20. Adipoli!! ente amma undakarundu..kandittu kothi varunnu..yummyy

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  21. Fish pickle looks hot, spicy, yummy and tempting. I cannot resist myself seeing the delicious pickle. Thanks for your lovely recipe.

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  22. Dear friend, I have an award for U! Pls collect it from my blog when U have the time...cheers! :D

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  23. wow kurachu chorum acharum tharumo.....

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  24. looks yum...never tried but my hubby always vouch for this.

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  25. looks so yummy yummy dear.... really a mouthwatering picture........

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  26. fish pickle its my favorite.... this looks very tempting...:)

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  27. vaayil kappalodikkanulla vellamundu Suja.. i remember my coimbatore hostel days nw..

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  28. Awesome.. a nice meen achar can save any lunch or dinner. This recipe is a keeper.

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  29. Thanks all for stopping by and for the sweet comments:)

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  30. Entte Amme !!! Entha Katha!!!Enikku veetil pokanam, Choru kazhichhe pattu? but where is fish Achar? Can i fly to US?

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  31. Hi I am new to this blog. One of my friends madhu from New delhi referred me this blog to learn about all non veg recipes. i was really impressed for these many recipes using using non veg. I am very exited to make my first dish on non veg pickles with your blog inspiration. Thanks alot.

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