Vegetarian fish curry

Vegetarian fish curry (Saiva meen Kuzhambu):

Chettinad traditional recipe vegetarian fish curry,fish made out of ground cow peas(legumes), followed by fish curry recipe gives you perfect taste of real fish curry, which you could not believe, is true.

Intake of  this way of recipe does not changes its nutritional value,because it is completely steam cooked and add in to the gravy.Most beans, black-eyed peas are loaded with vitamins and minerals such as potassium, calcium, magnesium, fol ate and iron.

Vegetarian fish curry
Vegetarian fish curry

Health benefits of black eyed peas:One of the main health benefits of black-eyed peas is their high fiber content.

Getting adequate potassium in your diet from black-eyed peas also supports the health of your muscles and bones.

Black-eyed peas are a low-fat and low-calorie food, making them a healthy addition to a weight-loss meal plan.

Black-eyed peas are a good alternative source of protein if you don’t eat meat.

A 1/2 cup of canned black-eyed peas has 1.2 mg of iron, while a 1/2 cup that has been cooked from dry black-eyed peas contains 2.2 mg. Getting adequate iron in your diet prevents anemia,

Ingredients to make saiva meen: vegetarian fish,

Cow peas(Thatta payaru)I have use black eyed peas-1/2 cup

Garlic-4 pods

Sombu,fennel seeds-1 tsp

Jeeraga-1 tsp,Cumin seeds

Pepper-1/4 tsp

Red chilli powder-1 tsp

Turmeric powder-1/4 tsp

Salt-3/4 tsp

DSC09102Soak peas for 3 to 4 hours or over night.

Grind all these Ingredients,mix a teaspoon of Red chilli powder,Turmeric powder and Salt.


Place it on  square cut,Banana leaf,fold it, and steam cook in Idly pot.(I have used Turmeric leaves)


Take it out remove and cut in to crosswise as the shape of fish.


Shallow fry these fish pieces in a tablespoon of oil and keep it ready

Ingredients to Grind:



Grind to form purée

To temper:

Oil-2 tbsp

Curry leaves

Fennel seeds-1/2 tsp

Cumin seeds-1/2 tsp

Methi seeds-1/4 tsp

Ingredients for curry:

Onion shallots-5 nos(cut lengthwise)

Garli-5 pods(cut lengthwise)

Tomato 2 nos(cut lengthwise)

Slit two green chillies

Sambar masala powder-3 tsp

Salt-1 tsp

Turmeric powder-1/4 tsp

Tamarind extract-1/4 cup(one lemon sized)DSC09113

Method to follow:

1.Heat oil in a Kadai,add “To temper ingredients”then follow with onion and garlic, fry until golden yellow.

2.Add slit green chillies and curry leaves saute for while.

3.Add tomato and Salt in it, saute until it becomes all together.Now add Sambar masala powder,Turmeric powder, Tamarind juice,and ground purée,stir for a while.

4.Add 3 cups of water, allow it to boil for 5 minutes, now add fried veg- fish and leave it to boil for 3 more minutes.

5.Oil floats on top, is the right time to remove from flame.

Serve with plain cooked rice.



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