Neymeen Seer fish curry

Neymeen (നെയ്മീന്‍) / Seer fish / Vanjaram / Surmai fish curry

23 November,2013

Neymeen (നെയ്മീന്‍) fishes are a delicacy in several regions of South India and Sri Lanka. In Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh, this fish is called “Vanjaram” and is usually the costliest variety available. In Sri Lanka it is called “thora”. Also referred to as “king mackerels”.

These fishes are available online, one of the website from where I bought is www.seatohome.com. The fish and came around 11am. I was in a hurry to make this fish fry. I usually buy this as steaks, it is cleaned cut into round shape which is ready to fry. When we buy fish as whole it hard to clean and cut.

Neymeen curry is everyone’s favorite curry all time. Imagine a morning breakfast with puttu(steamed cake) with Neymeen fish curry, mm… I know your mouth filled with water right. Mine too he he… Yes lets have Neymeen fish curry today.

So Try this recipe and I am sure that every one will love this. Try it out and let me know what you think about.

Seer fish / Neymeen / Vanjaram / Surmai fish curry

Serves5-6
Prep time30 minutes
Cook time40 minutes
Total time1 hours, 10 minutes
Allergy Fish
Meal type Lunch, Side Dish
Occasion Christmas, Easter

Ingredients

  • 1 Medium Tomato
  • Salt (to taste)

Masala preparation

  • 8 pieces Seer fish/ Neymeen/ Surumai
  • 1/2 " Ginger
  • 12 cloves Garlic
  • 20 pieces Small onion
  • 3 Medium Green chillies
  • 1/2 teaspoon Red chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Coriander powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Turmeric powder
  • 1 1/2 Coconut (finely grated)

For seasoning

  • 1/8 teaspoon Mustard seeds
  • 1/8 teaspoon Fenugreek seeds
  • 1/8 teaspoon Cumin seeds
  • 1/4 cup Curry leaves

Directions

Masala preparation
Step 1
Add red chiili powder, turmeric powder and corriander powder into it and again pulse the blender.
Neymeen Seer fish curry - Step2 adding spices
Step 2
Then add coconut and add a little water into the blender and make them into a smooth paste.
Neymeen Seer fish curry - Step3 adding coconut
Step 3
Then add green chillies into it and again pulse the blender.
Neymeen Seer fish curry - Step4 add green chilli
Step 4
Heat oil in a pan add the ingredients under seasoning heading and fry till light brown.
Neymeen Seer fish curry - Step4 add green chilli
Step 5
Then add small onion to it and saute till it will turns transparent.
Neymeen Seer fish curry - Add small onions
Step 6
Now add the prepared masala into the pan and add tomato, salt into it.
Neymeen Seer fish curry - Add paste in pan
Step 7
When the masala boils add the fish into it. Do not over saute the fish, it will collapse.
Neymeen Seer fish curry - Add tomato
Step 8
When fish is cooked switch of the flame and place it into a serving bowl.
Neymeen Seer fish curry - final

Note

  1. Neymeen fish is very tender so handle carefully.
  2. Place the fish in a pan after the masala is fully boiled otherwise raw smell of masala will be absorbed by the fish.
  3. You can add Kodampuli(കൊടമ്പുളി ) or Malabar Tamarind instead of tomatoes it will give fine taste.
  4. To avoid tenderness, apply Lemon juice to Fish after cleaning till the fish gets added to curry. Pieces wont break
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Comments
  1. Ponni

    To avoid tenderness, apply Lemon juice to Fish after cleaning till the fish gets added to curry.. pieces wont break.. :)

    • Hello Ponni, Thank you for your suggestion. I have added your point to the recipe notes.

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