Red snapper fish is one of my and my hubby’s favorite fish, it name it differs by area. In my hometown – Tuticorin they use to call this is as “Navara Meen”, later when we shifted to chennai, I came to know it was “Sankara Meen”. My mom prepares it at home, but I never ask for the name of the fish, just like that I eat and move during my childhood days. When I tasted this Sankara Fish (Red snapper) the curry and fry was awesome, from that day I and my hubby were the great fan of this Red Snapper fish. I have prepared this Fish curry / Meen Kulambu purely in Tamil Nadu style without coconut.
This Red snapper curry tastes tangy and mild spicy. Goes out well with steamed rice for lunch. I have accompanied it with Boiled egg and Red Snapper Fry.
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Let us move on to the recipe…
- Red snapper – 5 nos
- Big onion – 2 nos
- Tomato – 1 ½ nos
- Garlic – 5 cloves
- Tamarind – a gooseberry size
- Chilli powder – 1 tsp
- Coriander powder – 1 tsp
- Turmeric powder – ½ tsp
- Cumin powder – 2 tsp
- Mustard seeds – ¼ tsp
- Split blackgram – ¼ tsp
- Methi seeds – ¼ tsp
- Curry leaves – a strand
- Clean and cut the fish into desired size.
- Marinate the fish with chilli powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder and salt.
- Soak tamarind in water for 15 mins, squeeze it in the water and take out the flesh from the water.
- Finely chop onions, tomatoes and garlic.
- Heat oil in kadai, add mustard, blackgram, methi seeds and curry leaves. Wait until they crackle.
- Add onions and fry till they become golden brown.
- Add tomatoes and fry till they become mushy.
- Add all the spice powders and fry till the raw smell goes out.
- Pour a cup of water and wait till it boil.
- Add the fish and cover with the lid. Wait till it gets cooked.
- Remove the lid and wait till the oil gets separates and the curry thickens.
- Garnish with coriander leaves.
Serve hot with steamed rice and Boiled egg. It goes out well with oiled egg and Arakeerai Masiyal/Mashed spinach.