Sunday, March 4, 2012

Kerala Unakka Meen Curry - Dry fish curry with Raw Mango

Ingredients Used:-
  1. Dry Fish/Unaka Meen ~ 200 gms(I used Shark)
  2. Turmeric powder - 3/4 tsp
  3. Chilly powder - 1 1/2 tsp
  4. Salt to taste(if required only as the dry fish already have salt in it)
  5. Shallots/Kunjully finely sliced ~ 1 cup(can use finely sliced onions instead)
  6. Green Chilies - 4
  7. Finely chopped ginger ~ 1 1/2 tsp
  8. Tomato finely sliced - 1
  9. Pacha Manga/Raw Mango - 1/2 from the raw mango(according to the sourness of the mango add/reduce mango pieces)
  10. Curry leaves a sprig or more
  11. Water a cup or more as needed 
To Grind:-
  1. Grated Coconut - 1 1/2 cups
  2. Jeera/Cumin - 1 tsp
  3. Turmeric powder - 3/4 tsp
  4. Dry Red chilies - 3
  5. Water just enough to grind 

Preparation Method:- 
  • Soak the dry fish in warm water for 30 minutes to wash off excess salt.
  • Marinate with turmeric powder and chilly powder and set aside for 30 minutes or more if possible
  • Grind the to grind ingredients and set aside.
  • Add the marinated dry fish to the Manchatti/Earthen ware or any pan/vessel. Add the sliced shallots, tomatoes, ginger, green chilies, few curry leaves and chopped mango pieces. 
  • Add enough water to cover the dry fish and veggies. Cover and cook till tomatoes and mango pieces are just soft.
  • Add the ground coconut paste and stir gently to mix well. Add/adjust water according to the consistency you need for your gravy.
  • Let it cook again, when the gravy starts to boil simmer the heat to medium and cook it for few more minutes say five-seven minutes till the raw flavor of coconut mix is fully gone. 
  • Put more curry leaves and switch off the stove. Serve with boiled rice.

  1. Normally back in Kerala most house holds do this trick to remove excess salt from dry fish. Normally they soak news paper pieces along with dry fish and water as they absorb the salt. But my Achan(dad) never let us do this as he says carbon is injurious to health. I'm not sure about it, use ur logic and understanding before doing it :-)
  2. You can used Tamarind extract or Gambooge Kudam Puli if you don't have raw mango .


  1. O wow.... beautiful... love unakkameen...

  2. Tangy looking yummy curry. Drooling here

  3. Oh raw mango and fish. Never put the two together, but why not. Will be a delicious replacement for tamarind this summer

  4. this gravy looks just hot n spicy dear..colourful pics as always....loved it.....

  5. wow curry looks great. I am vegetarian but after seeing your non veg food pictures I always think that why I don't eat meat. these dishes are so tempting. but hey its religion. so I don't.

  6. nice curry..have u settled down in ur new home?

    1. Almost settled Ramya, but all are down with Viral fever now. Thanks for checking dear, hopefully everything will get better in some time.:-)

  7. Tangy and delicious curry..makes me hungry :)

  8. very tangy and mouthwatering...unnakkameen my all time i am searching here...can't find out...

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  10. Delicious fish curry,nice flavors.

  11. I just recently discovered the taste of dry fish curries. Maa makes dry fish often but until now I resisted it. this looks lovely. love your earthen pot.

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  13. Delicious n looking dry fish curry.

  14. Luks fabulous.Luv it with Raw Mango.Thanks for the sign-in

  15. Gosh!!! This looks absolutely fabulous!! What a mouth watering recipe!!!

  16. very delicious recipes.
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