Meen Peera Pattichathu

Meen Peera. How do I describe it? This definitely is one of my favourite fish preparation and as my mom says, just the smell of this fish cooking is enough for a perfectly satisfactory lunch. If there is Meen Peera for lunch, I dont want any other side dish. It will be just rice and fish. Wow, simple pleasures of life!!!

Cleaned Anchovies: 500 gms
Kodum Puli (Gambooge)- 3
Curry leaves: 3 sprigs
Mustard: 1 tsp
Coconut oil: 2 tbsp
Turmeric Powder: 1/2 tsp

To Grind
Shallots: 6
Ginger: 1 inch
Green Chillies: 6 (adjust to your tolerance level
(I use a lot of Kanthari for this preparation)
Coconut grated: 1.5 cups

Pulse the To Grind ingredients just once in your mixie. (Chatachhe edukkuka)
Clean the Gambooge/Kudam puli and keep aside.
In a Kadai or :Meen Chatti" heat the oil and splutter mustard and 1 sprig curry leaf.
Now on low flame, add the ground coconut paste, required salt and the rest of the curry leaves.
After a minute, add the cleaned fish and mix everything together.
You can add a little water  (1/4 cup)to it.
Close the lid and let it cook on low flame.
Stir in between.
Serve warm with rice.


  1. Omg,mouthwatering here, seriously super flavourful dish.

  2. when i was pregnant, i craved meen peera like anything; called up anupa chechy i think, to confirm the recipe :) but my cook spoiled the dish by making a puree out of the grated coconut. then hubby dear repeated the fiasco a week later. hah. so much for the craving :D finally i made it myself in the third trimester when the nausea was at bay :) awesome dish and so simple really!

  3. Yummy Fish curry Dear.Luks delicious.Happy and Delish NewYear 2012!.