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Shredded Fish curry – Fish Puttu Kuzhambhu

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We usually see fish made as a curry and meen (fish in English) kuzhambu is a favorite of many south Indians. I learnt this unique seafood recipe from my mom’s Kitchen and she tells me it’s a Chettinad specialty.
It is made with shredded fish instead of whole fish and it tastes excellent. It is well known that fish kuzhumbu usually tastes the best next day with all the spices and gravy soaking in. With the fish in shredded form, the spices soak in faster and it tastes great right from day 1. Do I need to say it is one of my favorites?

Preparation Time: 40 minutes
No of servings: 4-5
Spice Level: 3 out of 5


  • Fish : 2 lb(King Fish or Tilapia)
  • Coconut oil : 2 tbsp
  • Pearl onions : 1/2 cup
  • Tomato : 2
  • Curry leaves : 6 to 7
  • Green Chili : 1 tsp(chopped)
  • Salt : According to your taste
  • Garlic : 3(Whole)
  • Coconut Milk : 1/4 cup
  • Turmeric Powder : 1/4 tsp
  • water : 1 cup

For Masala :

  • Urad dal : 1tsp
  • Channa dal : 1 tsp
  • Whole Red chilies : 4
  • Fenugreek Seeds : 1/4tsp
  • Whole Black Pepper : 1 tsp
  • Raw rice : 1 tsp

Method Of Preparation :

  1. Fry all the above masala ingredients without adding oil and grind them in to fine powder . Keep it aside.
  2. Heat a pan with a coconut oil in it.
  3. Add pearl onions and fry them until it turns into golden brown.
  4. And add the chopped green chilies fry them for few minutes and add garlic , curry leaves in it . Fry it for 3 to 4 minutes.
  5. Now add the Ground masala ( 2tbsp) fry that masala in that oil for 3 minutes in low flame.
  6. Add the fish (chopped) and salt fry them for few minutes.(I used King fish which gives very good taste to this curry but if you don’t get king fish you can use any kind of fish).
  7. Now when the fish color changed increase the flame , add the chopped tomatoes , turmeric powder and a cup of water.
  8. Boil them for 5 minutes. when oil separates in top add the coconut milk , just boil it for 2 minutes and remove from heat.

Serve hot with rice. 🙂


  1. super..i want that tomato on the top.

  2. Drroool :)…Yummmmy yumm!!

  3. Wow i love fish.. Tilapia always sounds great..looks yummy,,Thanks for sharing…

  4. Great fish curry.. looks mouth watering!

  5. That looks good..shriya..

  6. Sounds interesting and looks tasty…how do I get to taste this ? 🙂

  7. thats a lovely fish curry shriya

  8. Oh, I love Tilapia! I want to try this now! I’m going to write it down.

  9. Yum, love to get some..:)

  10. Thanks ranga, bharathy, dhivya and srivali.

    Thanks for your comments sagari, seema and seena.

    Thanks for your sweet comments Mishmash. You made my day.

    Meeso glad you liked it. I am going to add a way to print recipes easily so you don’t have to write it down anymore. Let me know how it comes out when you try it.

  11. My favorite, and I love tilapia…….tahnks for sharing this

  12. Neeru thanks for stopping by here and taking your time to comment. 🙂

  13. Simply Superb…..Grt sharing….

  14. How do you chop the fish? Is it cooked or raw?


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