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Thursday, March 17, 2016

CATFISH CURRY (KAARI/ MUSHI MEEN CURRY)





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In Kerala, Catfish is know as Kaari or Mushi meeen. When ever I see this fish in the market, I usually get scared because I had an incident with this fish when I was young. In my dads hometown (Kottayam) we had a property that was a rice field. During vacation me and my friends would play in the paddy field and since I loved the surroundings I would some days go by myself and just sit by the field. The place where my house is, it is filled with rubber trees which makes the area not fun. The paddy field was full of greenery and I always felt like I was in a different world there. One fine day as I was sitting, dangling my feet in the water and day dreaming, I felt something wiggle through my feet and all of a sudden something bit my foot and it stated to bleed. At first I thought it was a snake, but then my friend told me it was a catfish. It was long, slimy and had very long whiskers. This one incident made me cringe every time I saw a catfish and since then I have never go back to that field. There was one person who did not really care what or who bite me, as this person loved this fish curry more than she loved me (just kidding). That is my sweet loving mom.
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Since then I really think it was this one incident that made me not like catfish curry. After coming to the US, every time I went shopping I would see this fish and it reminded me of my mom and her love for this fish curry. Because I missed her so much I started preparing this dish and it came out very well. Since then till now, I have been buying catfish every now and then. I really love it and I feel like a cold war between Catfishs and Me has ended. I finally forgave catfishs. 

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This dish compared to other fish curries is a little more spicier. The taste is at its best when it is spicy. There are many who are not used to spicy food, but mark this down on your bucket list and give this a try.
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INGREDIENTS


Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time : 20 mins
Total Time: 30-35 mins
Serves: 5-6




  • Kaari meen/ Mushi (cat fish)       - 1.1 lb/ 1/2                                     kg
  • Mustard Seeds                     - 1/4 tsp
  • Shallots (sliced)                 - 6-8
  • Curry Leaves                      - 2 springs
  • Ginger (minced)                   - 1 inch
  • Garlic (minced)                   - 4-5 cloves
  • Kashmiri Chilly Powder            - 2 tbsp. or                                     as needed
  • Coriander Powder                  - 1 tsp
  • Turmeric Powder                   - 1/2 tsp
  • Fenugreek Powder                  - a pinch
  • Brindle Berry (kudam puli)        - 2 small                                       pieces soaked                                   in water
  • Boiling water                     - 1 cup or as                                     needed
  • Oil                               - 2 tbsp.
  • Salt to taste

METHOD OF PREPARATION STEP BY STEP


1.Peel the skin of the fish and cut into pieces. Clean well with salt water. Drain water completely. Set aside.
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2.Heat oil in a manchatti (clay pot) or in a thick bottomed pan, splutter mustard seeds. Add chopped shallots, ginger, garlic and curry leaves. Saute it until the onions turn light golden brown.
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3.Reduce the flame to low, add kashmiri chilly powder, coriander powder, fenugreek powder, turmeric powder. Stir constantly until the raw smell of the spices leave. Make sure not to burn the spice powders.
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4.Add boiling water salt and kudam puli. Add the fish, few more curry leaves and cook covered over medium heat until the fish pieces are done and the gravy thickens. Sprinkle little more coconut oil. Remove from heat. Keep covered for at least 1 hour before serving.
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SERVING WITH RICE, APPAM OR KAPPA (TAPIOCA) VEVICHATHU
ENJOY!!!

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Recipe Type: Meen Curry
Cuisine: Indian, Kerala
Location: Amma's Kitchen


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