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Fish Puttu – Shredded Fish Stir Fry

Fish puttu is a traditional kerala dish. It’s usually cooked with shark or king fish. In south India we call it as “sura puttu” and it is most popular in all non-vegeterian cooking. It goes well with fish kuzhambhu and sambar.

It can also be a great side-dish for biryani. It’s hard to find shark meat where we live, so I substitute it with Tilapia, which actually taste almost as good as shark puttu. If you are lucky to get shark meat use that instead. It’s very easy to make and tastes awesome.

Preparation Time: 30 minutes
No of servings: 4-5

Spice Level: 3 out of 5

Ingredients :

  • Fish : 800gms (You can use any fish, I’ve used Tilapia)
  • Onion : 1 (large) (finely chopped)
  • Garlic pods : 8-9 (finely chopped)
  • Green chilies : 6-7 (Finely chopped) (Adjust chilies according to your spice level)
  • Curry Leaves : 8-9
  • Coriander Leaves : few for garnishing.
  • Oil : 3tbsp
  • Turemric Powder : 2 tsp
  • Salt : according to your taste
  • Mustard seeds : 1 tsp
  • Urad dal : 1 tsp

Method Of Preparation :

  1. Steam the fish until it gets cooked, usually Tilapia gets cooked very fast ( like in around 5 minutes). But when you using shark it will take some time to get cooked. So you have to adjust your timing according to the type of fish you are using.
  2. Once the above process is done remove from heat and just shred it into small pieces by using your hand.
  3. Heat oil in a wide pan add mustard seeds and urad dal once it sputters add the chopped onion.
  4. Fry them till it becomes golden brown and add the chopped garlic and green chilies. Fry them all together for about 3-5 minutes.
  5. Now add the turmeric powder, salt, curry leaves and finally the shredded fish.
  6. Mix it all together and let it cook in simmer heat for about 8-10 minutes.
  7. Remove from heat and garnish it with coriander leaves.


  1. Fish puttu looks so delicious.
    in our place puttu is a breakfast item..very different one.. we have the same dish is called fish peera.. really nice pics

  2. Shriya,

    Fish puttu looks like our thoran. Nice dish.

  3. thats an interesting fish recipe.. very different from the way i know..

  4. Shriya, this looks delicious! I’m starting to add more seafood in my list of recipes, so this will be great!

  5. Beautiful clicks shriya, have never used fish this way but seems really good and very easy to make as well…

  6. Looks great…tempting n yummy…love its color.

  7. a simple, but super delicious fish puttu…looks great

  8. I really love tilapia. This is a delicious way to prepare it! Your presentation is mouth-watering!

  9. I love fish! This is a new recipe for me! Thanks!

  10. The meen puttu’s my favorite and love it! Beautiful Photos!

  11. Meen puttu makes me hungry..looks awesome..

  12. That is a wonderful dish! It looks so appetizing and flavorful!



  13. wow..that looks delicious…very tempting pics..

  14. Looks so delicious!

  15. nice click..looks so delicious..

  16. Hey Shriya, nice looking fish puttu, looks yummy

    Kairali sisters

  17. Thanks dear one’s for your lovely comments.

  18. This is a new recipe for me. It looks absolutely delicious.

  19. Sounds delicious with the chiles and spices. I’d love this with biryani too.

  20. Yummy recipe,looks tempting.

  21. This is one of my favorite ways of making tilapia fish..excellent photos !!

  22. very interesting recipe.. i am always looking for new ways to use tilapia and this recipe sounds like a great addition!

  23. This makes me think of fried salt fish. I’d enjoy this with dhal and rice.

  24. Beautiful click! Never tried it with biryani.Thatz agrt idea..

  25. Hi Shriya,I tried your fish puttu,This was the first time I did it,It really came very well. For the first time I have used tilapia fish…I really like this site it really helps me very well….thank you so much