May 23, 2012

Shredded Fish Stir-Fry / Meen Puttu!!!!

Hi guys!!!

This is one of my favorite dishes prepared with fish. In most South Indian non-veg restaurants this dish is prepared with Shark fish. Actually the dish is called Sura (Tamil name for Shark fish) Puttu!!! I love the Sura puttu from Ponnusamy hotel :-) My mom used to prepare this with Vaalameen (I dont know the English name). That fish has awful lot of bones and it takes forever to finish eating it. The fish kuzhambu prepared with Vaalameen is awesome. But I do not have the patience to sit and pick out the bones. So, my mom prepares this yummy puttu with it and makes my job (I mean eating!!) easier..

My husband loves fish. So, I had to prepare this dish to impress him right??!!! The first time I used Salmon. It did taste good but did not match the taste of my mom's preparation. So I started playing around with the type of fish I used to cook. Finally I landed on Cod fillets. They were amazing!!! The recipe is super simple and the dish is super delicious.

Now lets see the recipe.


Cod fillets - 300 gms
Onion - 1 big
Green chillies - 2
Garlic - 3 cloves
Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp + 1/2 tsp (for boiling the fish)
Chilli powder - 1 tsp
Corriander powder - 1/2 tsp
Fennel powder - 1/2 tsp
Salt - as per taste
Oil - 2 tbsp
Curry leaves - a bunch


1. Clean the fish fillets and cut them into a few pieces. Boil this in enough water along with 1/2 tsp turmeric powder and a pinch of salt. Let it boil till the fish is completely cooked.
2. Drain the water and shred the cooked fish and keep aside.
3. Now heat the oil in a kadai and add the mustard and cumin seeds. When they sizzle add the curry leaves. Give it a quick toss and add chopped onions, garlic and chillies.
4. Add all the masala powders, salt and the shredded fish and keep mixing till the masala is well absorbed by the fish bits. Cook for about 5 minutes and switch off heat.

Serve hot with rice and curry. This dish tastes best with fish kuzhambu!!!


  1. Wow~! I was searching for MEEN PUTTU and am I not glad to have found you? Living in the USA, I crave for alot of food and I am glad that you are posting yummy stuff

  2. Gr8 recipe... i just love the name of your blog.. happy to follow u.. Do visit my blog @

  3. I'm looking for a recipe that I can cook for my kids because my wife is not at home. I think this one is perfect for them because they love eating stir fry. I will cook this for them.

    Beef Stir Fry


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