Fish Thilapichathu – Fish with spices, onion and tomato mixture – Kerala meen curry

Meen Thilapichathu  Kerala fish curryMeen Thilapichathu Matthi Thilapichathu Kerala fish curryMeen Thilapichathu Matthi Thilapichathu Kerala fish curry
  • Yield : 350 gm
  • Servings : 5
  • Prep Time : 30m
  • Cook Time : 15m
  • Ready In : 45m

Matthi/Chala/Sardine is one of the best and cheapest fish available in Kerala. It is always said to be the poor man’s fish. Sardines are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Meen/fish Thilapichathu is a popular fish curry in Kerala. I got this recipe from my mother. You can use any fish to make this curry where as I used Sardine/Matthi/Chala  as it is my father’s favorite.


  • Sardines/Matthi- 350 gm ( around 8 pieces)
  • Onion - 2 big thinly sliced
  • Green chilly - 3 or 4 thinly sliced
  • Ginger - 1 small piece thinly sliced
  • Curry leaves - 10 nos thinly sliced
  • Tomato thinly sliced - 1 Medium size
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tspn
  • Chilly Powder - 1 tspn
  • Corrander powder - 1 tspn
  • Pepper powder - 1/4 tspn
  • Mustard - 1/2 tspn
  • Coconut Oil - 1 tbspn
  • Water - 1 cup
  • Salt


Step 1

Heat oil in a pan, add mustard and allow it to splutter.

Step 2

Add thinly sliced onion,green chilly,ginger and curry leaves. Saute for 5-6 minutes till the onion mixture blend well (no need to wait till it turns brown).

Step 3

Now add sliced tomato and saute for a while.

Step 4

Then add turmeric,chilly,corriander and pepper powders to onion tomato mixture. Saute and mix well.

Step 5

Then add the fish pieces and the required water and salt. Tilt the pan/pot so that everything is mixed well with the fish. Cover and cook.

Step 6

After 10 minutes open the lid and check whether the fish is cooked. Naadan Chala curry is ready to serve. Goes well with plain rice or puttu.

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