Fish kuzhambu

Andhra style fish kuzhambu recipe, Meen kuzhambu, Chepala pulusu recipe (with video)

Fish kuzhambu/ chepala pulusu/ meen kuzhambu is a spicy, tangy and mouthwatering recipe usually accompanied with rice. This particular recipe is a traditional kuzhambu recipe hailing from Andhra Pradesh, cooked in different style unlike the regular ones. This recipe was given to me by my friend years ago, after which I started making this recipe often at home over other recipes due to its taste. This fish kuzhambu/ chepala pulusu is prepared in such an easy and simple way making it very easy for beginners also to make. This kuzhambu/ gravy requires no tomato but still is an yummy recipe. So below is the making video of this kuzhambu along with detailed pictorial description. So lets get to the making!


  • Fish – 2 slices
  • Small onion – 1
  • Tamarind – big gooseberry size
  • Dried Red chilli – 1
  • Turmeric powder – ¼ tsp
  • Red chilli powder – 1 tbsp
  • Coriander powder – 1 tsp
  • Salt – to taste
  • Mustard seeds – ½ tsp
  • Fenugreek seeds – ¼ tsp
  • Oil – 1 tbsp
  • Curry leaves – a spring

Ingredients To roast and grind

  • Peppercorn – ½ tsp
  • Coriander seeds – ½ tsp
  • Cumin seeds – ½ tsp
  • Garlic – 1
  • Ginger – small chunk
  • Oil – ½ tsp

How to make andhra style fish kuzhambu with step by step images

Fish kuzhambu

  1. Heat oil in a pan add peppercorn, cumin seeds, coriander seeds, garlic and ginger. Saute well until aromatic and put off the flame. Allow it cool down and grind it in a blender without adding any water. Clean fish, Chop onions and keep it aside. Soak tamarind in water and extract tamarind juice.
    Fish kuzhambu
  2. In a bowl add chopped onion, red chilli powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, salt, fish slices and tamarind juice. Mix well and marinate for 10 minutes.
    Fish kuzhambu
  3. Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seed, after it crackles add fenugreek seeds, dried red chilli and curry leaves. When aromatic add the ground mixture to it and saute for few seconds.Fish kuzhambu
  4. Now add the marinated fish pieces along with tamarind juice. Mix well and cover it with a lid and cook for 10 – 12 minutes. Make sure not to use any spoon or spatula as it could break the fish. When the fish looks cooked and it reaches kuzhambu consistency put off the flame and serve it hot with rice.
    Fish kuzhambu




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