A spicy and tasty fish curry made in the Chettinad style. The spices taste delicious in this proper chettinad fish curry.
Every community in Southern India has their unique style and take on flavours of the curries they cook. Food in Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu are distinctly different to one another and yet similar in certain ways.
There are signature dishes that set them apart and Chettinad cooking is one such cuisine. It is hugely popular from the south of India. Chettinad is a region in the southern part of Tamil Nadu and is synonymous with spices, meats and robust flavours in the curries.
Fennel, red chillies and peppercorns are the main ingredients that make up the list of spices adding aroma and heat to the dishes. Chettinad Meen Kuzhumbu as its known is a Fish Curry made with whole spices, and often the fish used is shark!
When I make the recipe I tend to use monkfish; which is meaty, firm and holds its own in the curry. It has just one central bone which makes it easier to cut into steaks and easy for the family to eat too.