Chettinad Meen Kuzhambu

Written by Mullai

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  1. Preena

    Dear Ms. Mullai,
    I got attracted to your website bcos of this recipe. It came out so well for me. Now am trying all your other recipes. Thank u so much..

  2. kumar

    Mullai madam,

    We made this chettinad meen kulambu today.

    It is such a wonderful dish and i don’t know how to express the taste in words.

    Staying away from our country, i felt that sitting inside anjappar restaurant and having this dish today.

    The same anjappar restaurant taste 100% i felt and i was so happy for learning this mouthwatering dish.

    Thank you somuch for sharing this lovely recipe.

    Thanks for your guidance in making this.

  3. kumar

    Mullai madam,

    Thanks for your timely help and reply.
    We got the things to make it tomorrow.
    My roommate always like to cook with tomato puree get from fresh tomatoes.He does that.He doesn’t like to use canned ones.
    For home made tomato puree also i have to proceed with 4 tbsp(1/4 cup) or measurement with more or less to proceed for this recipe.We need approximate cup measurement from u and i don’t want to try by my guessing measurement.

    Please guide us as we love to make this yummy dish.

    By looking at the picture, it reminds me of Anjappar chettinad restaurant in chennai.I loved to have this kulambu always whenever we go there.

  4. kumar

    Mullai madam,

    All recipes are great.We found this website very useful.
    We would like to make this yummy fish curry on this weekend.Instead of 1 tomato, we like to use tomato puree for this recipe.can u guide us howmany cups (we are using usa standard cup sets of 240ml)of tomato puree we may need for this recipe.We are just beginners in cooking and confused about it.

    We are looking forward for your reply so eagerly.Please guide us to make this wonderful dish.


    1. Mullai

      Kumar, if using tomato puree add about 3-4 tbsp. Canned tomato puree is naturally sweet, tangy with salt added. Just add a couple of tbsp first and then see how it tastes then add extra. A cup of puree will be too much remember we are also adding tamarind, also check the can for salt content. Most of canned items are salted, so adjust accordingly. Hope this helps and good luck with your cooking. Thanks.

  5. Santhosh

    Mullai madam,
    Thanks for the reply. i follewed ur measurements nd tried this today and turned out great.It’s very very tasty and all liked verymuch.Thanks for sharing nice recipe.

  6. Santhosh

    i like this kulambu very much and i want to make it.In ingredients-2,
    can u give the gram measurement for onion(3nos),tomato(1no)?

    i am very new to cooking,it will be helpful for me to get the exact taste.


  7. leena

    thanks mullai,
    first time i tried to cook fish i tried your recipe
    iwas successful in first attempt itself
    im very happy
    im pleased you to give us a wonderful website

  8. saima.najeeb

    mullai, your recipes are all excellent !!!! i joined a few weeks back ,and i have tried some of the recipes ,they all came out well ,thanks mullai!!!

  9. prianca

    Hi Mullai, Its been 2 weeks since i joined ur website and tried few recipes. So far everthing has turned out wonderful. I simply love the way you explain and present your dishes!! Keep up the good work man!! So far this has been my Fav recipe. Thank you.

  10. thiya

    Thank you mam.
    My family members like your recipes a lot.
    This fish curry is very tasty.

    thanks a lot for posting the recipes.


  11. sugakar

    Hai Mullai, A very great recipe my husband is found of fish gravies and he loved this a lot. I have tried many of your reiepes all were very good and came out very well this fetched me a lots of appreciation. Thanks a lot.

  12. shan

    Ma’am done with chettinad puzhikuzhambu…Really superb taste and nice aroma. Thanx for ur excellent and fabulous receipe.

    Have a great day

  13. varshitha

    tanx for the recipe mullai..i did meen kuzhambu for the first time and it did came too gud…but some how my husband dint like the chettinad style fish fry that contained spices like whole garam masala …could u please suggest some other alternate recipe for fish fry ..b'coz i totally have no experience with fish..

  14. shan

    Ma'am what kind of veggies are perfect to make this chettinad pulikuzhambu…(without fish)b'coz my hubby is vegetarian. Going to make tomorrow…

     Have a great day

    1. abhimuthu


      It is like our normal puli kulambu, instead of fish add veggies like pavakkai/okra/poondu/brinjal-potato. Or if you have dry vathals you can just fry dry vathal in this kulambu. I use vathals like manathakkali, sundakkai, dry papad etc.. sometimes if I dont have any veggies I just use shallots and it will be tasty too.

      Hope this helps.

    2. Mullai


      Fry okra or brinjal in little oil and add while you simmer the gravy. This way they remain separate, non sticky and appealing. Drumsticks is another option and as Abhi suggested you can also try varthal or plain shallots.

      1. shan

        Mullai ma'am, onngaloda special spice blend nu sollirukeenga…Kandippa, i must try that one. Planning to make this evening and will let you know the outcome.

        Have a great day

  15. catysaty

    hai …..i tried th recipe it came out v welll……but i didnt get thz color and i added some chillies also………..i got my husbandz appreciation,…………..thanx a lot

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