Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Meen Puttu

Meen Puttu, aka Fish Puttu. What is Meen Puttu? Meen Puttu is basically fish simmered alongside turmeric powder and salt, thereafter shredded/flaked and stir fry with the customary or must have Indian ingredients. Of course when we refer to Indian cooking (Indian Spiced Salmon & Indian Fish Curry), chillies, spices and curry leaves are part and parcel of our cooking, and for meen puttu, we add fresh grated coconut. Pretty much that is the food cooking lingo for Meen Puttu and if you are asking me, I must admit there are other varieties to this fish dish which, do I have repeat myself is a popularity amongst us Indians? Furthermore, sura or shark (Sura Meen Kuzhambu/Shark Curry) is usually the choice, but nothing should stop you from using any other firm fish and even for the Kerala (Tuna Thoran, Malabar Fish Curry & Kerala Fish Fry) or Sri Lankan style (Sri Lankan Coconut Gravy) Meen Puttu, the ingredients are more or less similar. For my version, I opted for tenggiri/Indian mackerel which by far you shouldn't discount against for the outcome of a crumbled and a role play of the favourite Indian tastes Meen Puttu (Tandoori Salmon, Fish Head Curry, Bengali Fish Curry & Meen Kulambu).  

2 pieces (about 250g) Indian mackerel/tenggiri
1 tsp turmeric/kunyit powder
1/2 tsp black mustard seeds
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1 green chilli - sliced thinly
1 red chilli/2 birds eye chilies - sliced thinly
5 shallots - sliced thinly
1/2 inch ginger - sliced into thin stripes
1/2 tbsp lime juice
3 tbsp grated coconut
2-3 sprigs curry leaves
2 tbsp oil
Salt for taste

Simmer fish with enough water and turmeric till soft and tender.
Remove from heat, drain off the water and flake up the fish after cooling down.
Keep aside. 
Heat oil and sauté chillies, shallots and ginger.
Add cumin seeds and mustard seeds.
Stir and fry for for a minute. 
Add the rest of the ingredients.
Stir and and fry to combine all the ingredients. 
Remove from heat. 


  1. colorful and tempting pics... this can be done with any type of fish akka? so simple recipe...

  2. Your food always look so tempting. Delicious.

  3. This is really tempting. Give me a rice & my meal is perfect

  4. Looks so awesome and delicious dear ...yummy !!

  5. Can this be done with any kind of fish? Thanks for explaining what puttu means, I've been seeing the recipe all over but never got it until now. Seems like a great new way to enjoy fish.

  6. Looks like a great dish for fish lovers
    Keep in touch

  7. Sambhar is my fav navi...evetything looks yum ...

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  8. My all time fav puttu and yours look very tempting and delicious....

  9. I have tried the shark puttu and I love it. Never tried on with Mackerel... looks delicious Nava

  10. We call it meen thoran other than that the recipe is same. So nice to see yet another Kerala recipe here.

  11. Your clicks look great!! The recipe seems to be very healthy!!

  12. Such a vibrant colour, it really emphasises the flavour of this stir fry :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  13. I am wondering why I have never heard of this delicious dish! Shredded fish stir fry would be excellent for my boys...without the spice though:-( They are still getting a hang of spices. But I am surely hungry looking at these pictures.

  14. My mom use to make it I just love it, It taste great with rasam.

  15. I love the idea of having flaked fish. I'd love to try this soon.:)

  16. wow, looks good! I never try this dish before.

  17. Yummy food & love the fish Puttu. I usually making minced mutton & chicken Puttu.

  18. Delicious stir-fry and lovely color, fantastic recipe!

  19. One of my favorite fish to eat and so versatile delicious recipe

  20. Fish Puttu is my comfort food with Rasam anytime..Lovely Share and looks so delicious!!

  21. Fish puttu is my all time favourite... luv this recipe


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