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Saturday, 9 January 2010

Fish Kuzhambu ( Chennai style)

Hi friends, I am back after a long break. Had a very long break for christmas/ new year . It was real fun having friends around and having great lunch and Dinner together. Now things are back to routine and i prepare myself to come out of that holiday mood. Gosh.....i shoud not forget to talk about the climate here in UK. It started to snow and its really horribly Cold.........Haaaaaaa.......they say the temperature is going to be the same for another week........Its almost -3 during the day and -10 at night. .......Haaaaaaaaa Can't help myself sitting on the heater, and making my hubby to worry about the current bill.....Hahaha....Well, to make everything better i cook all fresh and have hot and spicy. So here comes the recipe for fish kuzhambu. Fish kuzhambu are made in many ways. I already have posted one, which my grandmother use to prepare , but today i am going to post the one that we usually prepare in chennai. So its Chennai syle fish kuzhambu. Well here is the recipe just for you.

Ingredients :

Fish - 1 kg ( Cleaned and sliced into small pieces)
Small Onion - 20 ( Preferably small onion, because it adds taste, but i often dont get in Uk, so in that case i use the big green onions) ( Chopped finely)
Garlic - 1 full ( peeled)
Curry leaves - 1 stem
Fenugreek seeds - 1 tsp
Tomato - 2 ( Chopped )
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
Ginger and Garlic paste - 3 tsp
Tamarind juice - 3 cups ( Take a orange size tamaride and soak it in 3 cups of warm water and after little while squeece and extract the juice)
Chilly powder - 1 tsp
Corinader powder - 1 tsp
Kashmire Chilly powder - 1/2 tsp
turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
Salt - To taste
Oil - To fry

Preparation :

* Take a pan, heat oil and add the mustard, fenugreek seeds and fry. Then add the chopped garlic and onion and fry till golden brown.

* Then add the curry leaves and fry for few mins.
* Add the ginger and garlic paste and fry till the raw smells disappears.
* Then add the chopped tomatoes and fry.
* Now add the tamarind juice , and then add the kashmire chilly, chilly powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder and salt.

* Allow it to cook for 20 - 30 mins ( Till the oil starts to come out)

* Check for the taste. Finally add the cleaned fish and cook for another 5 mins closing the lid.
Hmmmmm......finally serve hot with plain rice........It would usually be much more taster on next day.....Just enjoy your plate.........


  1. Welcome back my dear..that fish curry looks so Delicious,,even the climate here is very bad -10 water pipe got frozen tis morning,,i hate winter:(

  2. This would be a great meal for a chilly day like this! It doesn't snow in CA but it's been gloomy and rainy everyday for the past month. This soup would make me happy. :)

  3. How delicious! Perfect for this snowy day!

  4. Yummy recipe, But In chennai we do not generally add ginger garlic paste, just garlic and we also add some coriander powder.

  5. Servethis delcious curry for me with plain rice please

  6. Thanks Sook. You are rite, its a great meal for this chilly weather.

  7. Hi Balakrishna Saraswathy. Ya i too hate this climate...:(

  8. Hi sumi. Welcome to Nice to read your post. They do add ginger and garlic paste in fish kuzhambu in chennai, because few fish are very smelly, and without adding few people feel odd to eat. ( Just because of the smell). But few others its ok , if you dont add it also. But remember ginger and garlic paste always adds taste and great smell. Hope all non veg loves except and go with me.

  9. Hey happy cook. You are most welcome to my house at any time. Its an open invitation from me to you. And never expires. Hahahaha....Come home i will serve you will all food that you like....Its my pleasure...

  10. The spicier a fish cury is, it gets my vote.

  11. Welcome back, hope you had a great vacation:) Wish you a very Happy New Year:)

    Oh yeah, its awfully cold this went upto -20 y'day night.:(

    Fish curry looks incredibly grand...Just want to jump into the gravy:)

  12. it's good to see you back!!! happy new year !!!

    fish curry looks absolutely delicious; lovely colour!!! nice hot and yummy curry to resist this weather!!!!!!

  13. Welcome back deary...Fish curry looks superb....Yummy yumm.
    About the climate..Same here...its torrible...

  14. Chetana Suvarna Ganatra13 January 2010 at 07:50

    Hey Lavanya,
    New to ur space...but got glued to the appetizing fish curry...reminds me of my amma (grandma)..who cooked the curry wit de same spices but diff method.
    Will be back for more. Till then happy cooking.

  15. Hi Rachel, thanks for visiting spice-india. Ya i too get along with you.

  16. Thanks Akal.........Nice to read your post.

  17. Thanks malar gandhi. Hoooooo that really bad yaar. I think this climate is checking our patience......

  18. Welcome Chetana. Thanks for your wonderful comments. Hope you will stay and come back again and again.

  19. Thanks sarah naveen............Ho no its the same climate every where.....!!!.......Really horrible.

  20. Your fish kuzhambu looks so tempting and delicious, great presentation too.

  21. What a lovely recipe. Thanks for sharing your beautiful information.
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