Monday, March 12, 2012

Meen Muringakka Kulambu

Who said you can't? Not me. Did I say that you can't add muringakka into fish curry, aka drumstick fish curry (Shark Curry, Assam Fish Curry & Bengali Yogurt Fish Curry). Please. Go ahead. I can vouch. I can assure that you will not regret. I know what I am saying. After all, evidently this Meen Muringakkai Kulambu speaks for itself in terms of mouthwatering and mouth packing deliciousness. Curries of course, as you know, must pack spiciness, tanginess and curry leaves aroma and not necessarily drumstick/muringakka must be swimming in sambar only (Fish Sambar).  So, lets now get to the business of cooking. Actually, I don't think I need to speak further because recipe is already attached. Grab it and make this Meen Muringakka Kulambu (Chilli Lime Fish, Ikan Pari Sambal, Steamed White Pompret & Chilli Soy Fish). 

8 pieces of kembung/mackerel fish - de-gut and leave the head on if you prefer
6 murungakka/drumstick - cut into 1 inch length while removing the strings around the beans.
1 (about 100g) tomato - sliced
1 (about 80g) onion - chopped
1 inch ginger - chopped
10 garlic - remove skin and crushed
3 sprigs curry leaves
2 tbsp fish curry powder - mix with some water for a thick paste
1 1/2 tbsp yoghurt
1 tsp fenugreek/halba seeds
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp black mustard seeds
4 tbsp oil
1/2 litre water
Salt for taste

When oil is heated, sauté onion, garlic, ginger and spices.
Add curry paste. Stir and cook till aromatic and oil splits. 
Add tomato, drumstick, curry leaves and salt. 
Stir and pour water.
Season with salt. 
Simmer to cook and soften the beans.
Gently add fish and cook.
Lastly, add yoghurt and again gently stir in as not to break the fish.
Remove from heat.


  1. I didn't know about this drumstick vegetable, I never see it or have it,but looks YUmmy with fish,and the spices on this dish is wonderful :)

  2. My b-friend loves fish curry! I'll have to make this version for him!!!

  3. I learned about a new vegetables today! I have nv come across this dish... thank you for sharing! Love learning new things everyday! =)

  4. We had a tree drumstick tree when we lived in Gwalior. My mum would add it to the sambar or any thin soup all the time and we would love to chew on it.
    Seems wonderful with fish.

  5. That's completely new to me! Not sure whether I had it before in Malaysia or not. Definitely not here in the U.S. don't think I have seen this here too.

  6. What an exotic curry - my dad will be most thankful :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  7. Interesting! I've never had murungakka - very intriguing! I am always eager to try new things, so I would definitely love to attempt this, if I can ever find the ingredients.

  8. I have never seen these long beans before, so I am glad to come here and learn about them. There is a vast array of veggies out there, I am sure I will never know them all. Interesting that these are considered an aphrodisiac in India-there has to be some story beyond that thought! Anyhow, looks like you made good use of this in a wonderful fish curry. I am sure it did not take your creative brain to come up with something different than most! Well done.

  9. Haha this post is pretty hilarious! That definitely looks like a bean to me too! This fish curry looks incredible! I wonder if I'd be able to find this drumstick you use? Yum!

  10. I have never heard of this vegetable. The flavors sound nice I am sure it's tasty. :)

  11. I'm also new to this bean...sounds like it has some interesting side effects...LOL. As always, you've created something unique and delicious.

  12. Delicious looking Fish curry....I never heard of this combination before, but this one looks yummy...

  13. Thanks for the comments everyone but you know what, my friend in Florida, US has this tree in her garden and gets the beans from the same tree.

  14. Hi Nava!:) Here in our country Philippines that tree is popular and I also have one infront of my house. And I love that fruit and the leaves of it, or we call it here 'malunggay'. This is very nutritious and always recommended to eat.:) Muaaaaahhhhhhh.. I love to try your recipe here..:) Thanks a lot Nava!:) Passing by..:)

  15. I really love curry but I rarely have time to make it, I will find time to make this fish curry, looks great

  16. i wanna try thisss 0.0 ask mum cook for me <3

  17. Hot stuff! That looks just like that delicious curry we got in Thailand :)


  18. Ah what a lovely curry recipe. I quite love freshly crushed mustard seeds to add a robust quality and powerful fragrance. Beautiful photos to follow along the recipe too!

  19. the drumstick look like okra on first glance, then i was puzzled by with your title of drumstick in fish curry.. don't think i've seen this in malaysia before.. interesting veggie

  20. Yummy version of fish curry..Never tried this way...Awesome click...

  21. I would definitely consider murungakka as a veggie. That looks so delicious. Never tried it in fish curry before :)

  22. wow this is new to me (the part on effects of drumsticks haha

  23. based on the ingredients...should be very yummy

  24. Wow this curry looks really interesting! I've never had this before. I really want to try it.

    You've been to so many places. Do you have any recommendations for me? I'm trying to plan a trip to exotic locations.

  25. I have never added drumstick to fish curry, you make so many different dishes.

  26. I love drumsticks, not fish though :P Lovely spicy curry :)


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