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Meen/Fish Thilappichathu

Meen Thilappichathu (Cochin style fish curry)

Meen Thilappichathu is a common fish preparation of Central Kerala especially Cochin. It is fish in a spicy and tangy sauce and is simple and easy to put together. You can use use any kind of fish like king fish, pearl spot, pom fret,mackerel or sardines. You can also use the same recipe to make eggs. This is a healthy and delicious recipe with very simple ingredients. Here I have used vinegar to make the sauce tangy which can be replaced with tomatoes.Try will surely love it.

Fish - 1 lb(I used pomfret)
Shallots 12-14
Ginger- 2 inch thick
Garlic- 4-5
Green chilly- 3
Curry leaves a few
Chilly powder- 2 tsp
Turmeric powder- 1/2 tsp
water- 1 1/2 cup
Vinegar-2 tsp
Salt to taste

Clean and cut fish and keep aside.
Using a mixer blend into a coarse mixture (not paste) the shallots, green chilly, ginger garlic and curry leaves.
Heat oil in a pan and saute this mixture till it is golden brown. Add chilly powder and turmeric powder and saute till raw flavor disappears. Pour 1 1/2 cup of water and bring to a boil. Add the fish and vinegar and cover and cook till done. Simmer and allow the gravy to thicken. Finally add a few fresh curry leaves. Serve with rice or appam.

Try this..
Hope you will all enjoy..


  1. Yummy tangy sauce with fish!!

  2. never knew about this recipe! It looks mouth-watering..

  3. I love this dish. My mom makes this sometimes. Now that I am drooling look at your pics I am either going to ask her to make it for me or try it myself. Thank you for sharing. Very simple and delish recipe :)

  4. I had this once from my friends house and totally loved it ..looks so so yumm SUja!! You moved from Nj?

  5. Lipsmacking, Mouthwatering, Stupendous... No such adjectives can be enough to compliment such a wonderful curry. You made my day today.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  6. Rich & spicy even with those simple ingredients.That's what I love in this.Healthy !

  7. wow adipoli aayitonda suja....looks very the gravy

  8. Love this tangy fish curry very much. Never tried with vinegar, as I have always used tamarind for this...waiting to buy fish for your recipe:) Thanks.

  9. mmmm....looks great:)
    yummy recipe:)
    thnx for positng:)
    Happy Blogging!!!!
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  10. looks so wonderful and very inviting fish curry !!

  11. Salivating here, i want that whole plate rite now,irresistible dish..

  12. Drool drool..My mouth is really watering and am craving very seriously rt now !!!

  13. ooh, yum, looks so inviting :)

  14. The fish curry looks delicious... Always a favorite...!!

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

  16. cccreally tasty fish curry...........reminds of my home.........

  17. As usual, kandittum kandittum madiyavunilla....actually eni kandal mathram pora, taste cheyanam...!

  18. superbb ayittundu ketto photo eppozhetheyum pole adipoli

  19. i am sure my husband will love this dish..don get tilapia that often though

  20. Yum..I agree with all above comments..looks so mouth watering..

  21. Looks wonderful...nalla color

  22. Absolute bliss for this recipe chechi, i love this curry a lot, yummy yummm

  23. kandittu nalla rasam.kappede kude adipoli

  24. love pomfret.. curry looks absolute yumm!

  25. Fish thilappichathu kollamallo..Great recipe and pics..

  26. ethu super ayittundu....nyan ee fish curry kazhichitte illa...bookmarked it , will try to make it with tilapia...:)

  27. Thanks all for the sweet comments:)

  28. Wow!!! your fish thilappichathu look so delicious dear... nice click too..

  29. Hello dear....I tried this recipe out and have posted it on my blog...with a little dedication to u..he he! Do check it out!


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