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Chettinad style karapodi meen kuzhambu

Chettinad style Karapodi meen kuzhambu - Pony fish

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Indian
Servings 5 people


For making masala paste

  • 2-3 tsp oil
  • 1 tsp cumin and 1 tsp fennel
  • 1 tsp pepper corns
  • shallots and onion 200 gms
  • 3 tsp coriander seeds
  • 1 inch ginger chopped and garlic 5-6 cloves
  • 5-6 red chilly
  • 1/2 shell grated coconut

For making fish kuzhambu

  • 3 tsp sesame oil
  • 1/4 tsp of fenugreek
  • Curry Leaves / கறிவேப்பிலை
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • tomato paste - ground 5 tomatoes
  • 2-3 tsp chilly powder
  • Tamarind juice Soaked a lemon sized tamarind
  • Chopped coriander leaves
  • 1 kg Pony fish


  • In a kadai add 2-3 tsp oil for roasting the masala.
  • Add 1 tsp cumin and 1 tsp fennel and saute well
  • Add 1 tsp pepper corns and mix
  • Add shallots and onion together around 200 gms. You can also use only shallots if you have.
  • Add 3 tsp coriander seeds or you can user coriander powder in the kuzhambu directly.
  • Add 1 inch ginger chopped and garlic 5-6 cloves peeled
  • Add 5-6 red chilly or as required.
  • Add 1/2 shell grated coconut, coconuts is completely optional. It gives nice taste, you can also add thick coconut milk directly in the kuzhambu.
  • Once the masalas turn nice color switch off and cool down completely by transfering it to a plate.
  • Add to a mixie jar and grind to smooth paste add little water if required.
  • Kara podi fish / Pony fish cleaned and washed 1 kg.
  • I used a earthern clay pot for preparing fish kuzhambu. Add 3 tsp sesame oil. sesame oil also give nice taste to the fish kuzhambu.
  • Add 1/4 tsp of fenugreek and curry leaves.
  • Now add the ground masala paste and mix well
  • Add 1 tsp turmeric powder and mix well
  • Add tomato paste - ground 5 tomatoes in mixie jar, Stir well till the raw smell goes off
  • After the tomatoes sauted well, Add 2-3 tsp chilly powder. Add required salt and mix well
  • Add enough water, Soaked a lemon sized tamarind in hot water. Add tamarind juice now to the kuzhambu.
  • After adding tamarind juice check for salt and spiciness. Adjust accordingly am adding a tsp of coriander powder and a tsp of chilly powder.
  • Check for salt and allow to boil well. Now after boiling, oil started to ooze outside
  • Pony fish is nice and fresh it gives nice taste to the kuzhambu
  • Now add cleaned fish one by one. After adding all the fish make sure the fish have enough space to cook.
  • Add chopped coriander leaves and switch off immediately. Let it gets cooked in the heat of the pot.
  • Cover and keep the fish gets cooked in the heat of the pot
  • The fish itself is very tasty, when you prepare in chettinad style it will be very very tasty.
  • Serve with idly, dosa or steamed rice. Tastes heavenly the next day. Try the recipe and comment.