Sura Meen Kuzhambu – Shark fish gravy
As soon as a baby is delivered the young mother is pamperd a lot with home made special food. Since my mom comes from a coastal area the main food will be fish (some specific varieties will be cooked for the young mother. most of the common ones will be avoided as that may have ill effects to the baby’s tender digestive system). Usual fish fries or hot kuzhambus will not be served. These diet kuzhambu are the only way to eat fish but these were delicious than the usual ones I should say. I was blessed twice for such pampering in my life time. I should really thank God for that! And now comes the recipe….
Sura meen cut into 4 inch peices – 6 pieces
Tamarind – a lemon size
Sambar podi – 2 table spoon
Coriander powder – 1 table spoon
Garlic – 12 pods
Black pepper and Jeeragam – 1 tea spoon each
Onion – One bug red onion chopped
Water – 6 cups
Vadagam – 1 spoon
Peanut oil – 3 table spoon
Turmeric powder – 1/4 tea spoon
Salt as required
Hot to make ?
Cleaning the shark pieces:
Once washing the fish pieces till the water runs clean boil it for 5 minutes in a wide skillet with 4 cups of water and a pinch of turmeric. Once its cool peel off the outer skin (the one that is transparent when coming off. not the thick white skin) of the fish pieces and keep aside.
Soak the tamarind in 6 cups of water along with the required amount of salt. (Adding salt with tamarind adds more taste to the kuzhambu than adding it later). Extract the pulp from it and strain the tamarind water and discard the remainings. To the tamarind water, add the sambar podi, coriander powder and turmeric powder. Dry roast the pepper and cumin seeds separately till you get the aroma. In a blender take the roasted pepper and cumin and grind it to a coarse powder. Add the garlic pods and grind it just for a second or two to make a coarse pounding of the garlic along with pepper and cumin. Mix it to the tamarind water. Note that till now we haven’t taken the mix to the stove top.
Now in a wide skillet heat the peanut oil and once hot add the vadagam. Once its fried add the chopped onion and saute till it turns pink. Add the tamarind water mix and let it boil till the raw smell goes off. Add the fish pieces and cook till oil separates.
Serve it with piping hot rice. For a change, inspired by all our mallu blogging friends myself and my mom had it with steamed kappa. It was simply delicious.
Note: This is a diet food for young and lactating mothers. Sura fish increases lactation very much. You ask me why we prepared this last weekend ? My sister has delivered recently and we get a chance to taste all these goodies bcos of her 😉