Meen Peera/ Fish and Coconut Stir-fry



Small variety Fish – 1/2 kg cut into pieces

Shallots – 12 sliced

Ginger – 1/2″ piece chopped

Curry leaves – 2 sprigs

Kudampuli/Gambooge – 2 pieces

Water – 1/4 cup

Salt – to taste

Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp

Coconut oil – 1 1/2 tbsp

For Grinding

Grated coconut – 1 cup

Green chillies – 3

Garlic – 1 chopped

Cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp

Turmeric powder – 1 tsp

Chilly powder – 1/2 tsp



Wash and soak  kudampuli in 1/4 cup of water.  Coarsely grind all the ingredients mentioned above.  Heat oil in a non-stick pan and splutter mustard seeds.  Add shallots, ginger and curry leaves.  Fry till shallots turn light brown.  Add coarsely ground coconut mixture.  Also add the kudampuli along with water.  Add the fish pieces and salt.  Mix gently and close with a lid.  Cook on medium flame till done.  Stir gently, in-between.  Open the lid and allow excess water to evaporate.  Serve tasty ‘Meen Peera’ with hot rice.  Cheers!

I used Sardines to prepare this dish.  Anchovies, small Mackerels and Prawns can be used to make yummy ‘Meen Peera’.

  1. Wow this fish stir fry looks tempting,mouthwatering dish..

  2. Looks really delicious Lissie, might try with Shrimps.

  3. This is one of my all time fav..i have one waiting in my draft folder..
    this looks abslty yummy..:)

  4. One of the dishes from my childhood. I can taste them just by looking into the pic.

  5. aio lissie! ennodithu veno? craving it now 🙂

  6. Lissie, you know I am going to bookmark this.

    I have a question, what is: Kudampuli/Gambooge?

  7. Thank you girls for your lovely comments!

  8. Thank you so much, Cynthia! I am sure you will like Fish Peera very much 🙂

    Kudampuli is fish tamarind and is available in Kerala Supermarkets in the US. You can Google to see the picture of Gambooge. This tree should surely be there in the Carribean!

    If it is not available, you can use regular tamarind. But the taste might be a little different.

  9. This is so very tasty Lissie, your recipes are also so delicious!

  10. Am drooling!!!! I guess my Kudampuli pack needs to be opened now..

  11. that was yummy yummm!!!!