So, what do you think of my new bootylicious sexy acquisition from India? I can’t describe what joy it has been to cook in it. I have 4 of these meen chettis. One specially reserved for the meen curries, another for the thorans and mezuhuveratis and the remaining two will act as stand bys. That’s the only way I can keep my chettis from harms way. Oh, don’t sneer. That’s how things work in this cosmic world of providence! If you have a back up, nothing can/will go wrong. If you DON’T, things can go spiraling out of control. In this case, I can be sure to wake up, and find my chettis victims of a bizarre earthquake, with the epicenter right under their butts. Leer and snicker all you want people, but I’m telling you, when it comes to fate, no-siree, uh-uh, I’m not taking my chances.
I shall reserve my findings of Karma and the workings of the mystical world for another day or may be another site. What do you suggest? Do you think people coming here would be interested in more than food and care two hoots about where their rear ends would eventually rest? And, I digress (again!).
So, the Meen Molee is Kerala’s answer for a sea food dish that goes well with Indian flat breads. While I’m a huge fan of the traditional fish curry with the kudam pulli in it, I’m really not much into this dish. But, Roy and Nish could lick bowls of this clean! And since we’ve made the transition from (slurp slurp) rice to rotis for dinner, they’ve been lucky, as I’ve had to make more of this kind.
My suggestion while making this would be to use less fishy fishes or, to use fillets where you don’t need to deal with the skin. Again, IMO only. I’ve used halibut here. But you could use anything like salmon, cod, tilapia fillets etc.
1 lb skinless fillets of Halibut cut into one serving size pieces
1 medium red onion finely sliced
2 –3 green chilies slit into two
1 tbsp ginger-garlic paste
1 large tomato cut into large chunks
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp coriander powder
1/2 tsp black pepper powder
1/2 tsp kerala garam masala
1 tsp red chili powder
1 cup thick coconut milk from a can (if you are using fresh coconut milk, use all the milk extracted from 1 small coconut, keep the thick and the thin milk separate)
3 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp coconut oil
1/2 tsp black mustard seeds
1/2 tsp powdered roasted fenugreek seeds
1-2 sprigs of curry leaves
2- 3 shallots finely sliced
Salt – to taste