Fish Puli Mulaku – A Kerala fish preparation


Fish Puli Mulaku – A Kerala fish preparation


Whenever I decide to visit home, the first thing I am required to do is- give Amma a heads up (at least 2 weeks prior to my visit), because then she would decide- based on my likes what would be the menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner and send a WhatsApp text message to me.  Once I confirm she will start preparing for it; as in arrange the produce- she will ensure to get the best produce from the market and frankly, every day at home is like a 5-star Thattu Kadai. One such lunch-combo has to do with Boiled Rice, Dal and this dish with some Papadum– I can never get bored of it.


  • Fish, preferably King Fish, Mackerel or Sardines. 5-6 pieces
  • Red Onion julienne using 1-medium sized Onion
  • Tomato 1-medium sized, diced
  • ½ tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1 tsp Chilli Powder (increase the quantity if you want it spicy)
  • ¼ tsp Methi seeds
  • 1 inch-sized ball of Malabar Tamarind or Kudampuli ***
  • 2 sticks of curry leaves
  • Coconut Oil
  • Salt to taste
  • ½ tsp of sugar


  • Pour the coconut oil into a shallow frying pan (preferable)
  • Once the oil is hot, throw in the Methi seeds and sauté for a while.
  • Add the Red Onion julienne and sauté for a few mins.
  • Add the tomatoes and sauté until cooked soft.
  • Add turmeric powder, chilli powder (in this recipe the level of heat is 1/5) and put the tamarind pulp, let it cook for a while.
  • Add the salt and the sugar.
  • After 5-10 mins add the fish, along with it add the two sticks of curry leaves.
  • Cook till the fish is done.

*** Place the tamarind in water and squash until you get a pulp.