Meen Palu Curry / Mild Fish Curry With Coconut Milk

Wish You All A Very Happy Easter!

‘Meen Palu Curry’ is a delicacy among the Christians of Kochi in Kerala.  It is a mild yet very tasty fish curry which can be served with rice, appam, puttu, idiyappam, chapathi or bread.  Pomfret, King Fish, Mullet and Pearl Spot are the best for preparing ‘Meen Palu Curry’.  Using coconut oil will bring out the authentic flavor of the curry.


Fish – 1/2 kg sliced

Oil – 2 tbsp

Ginger – 1 tbsp crushed

Garlic – 1 tbsp crushed

Onion – 1 big sliced

Green chillies – 6 slit

Curry leaves – 2 sprigs

Coriander powder – 2 tsp

Pepper powder – 1/2 tsp

Turmeric powder – 1 tsp

Garam masala – 1/4 tsp

Thin coconut milk – 1 1/2 cup

Water – /4 cup

Vinegar – 1 1/2 tbsp

Salt – to taste

Tomatoes – 2 medium diced

Thick coconut milk – 1/2 cup


Heat oil in a ‘man chatti’ or a non-stick pan and add crushed ginger and garlic.  When it turns light brown, add onions, green chillies and curry leaves.  Fry till the onions turn light brown in color.  Add the spice powders and sprinkle some water.  Fry till the aroma comes out.  Now add the thin coconut milk, water, vinegar and salt.  When it starts to boil, add the fish pieces.  Cook covered for 15 minutes.  Gently shake the pan in between.  Add the tomatoes and cook covered for another 5 minutes more.  Finally add the thick coconut milk and mix by gently shaking the pan.  Switch off the flame before it starts to boil. Enjoy with your loved ones!



  1. Slurp, makes me hungry, wat a droolworthy meen palu curry..

  2. meen palu curry looks so yummy! drooling here 🙂

  3. Hello Lissie Auntie,

    I prepared this last night, I used milk fish 🙂 This came out nice. My little one liked it too! This as you mentioned was not that spicy.. If I want to make this a little more spicy, what do I do? Just add 1 more chilli?


  4. meen curry looks beeeeeeaaaaautiful , good colour and its mouth watering .

  5. Hello aunty,

    Lovely curry..!! i’ve made something similar with tilaapia. Pls do chk it out when u get a chance.