Fish mappas

How to make Fish mappas /Fish curry with coconut milk?

Fish mappas, also known as meen mappas is a traditional dish of Kerala. It is made with pomfret fish, coconut milk, onion, tomato, curry leaves, and several whole spices. This recipe can be easily made at home in less time. This authentic south Indian dish can be served at any occasion and party. Fish mappas is a mouth-watering recipe that has the goodness of soo many nutrients in it.

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Ingredients for Fish mappas:

Fish – 1 kg

Coconut milk – 3 cups

Dry red chili- 2-3

Cinnamon – 1 inch

Coriander powder – 1tsp

Turmeric powder – ½ tsp

Fennel seeds – 1 tsp

Salt – 1 tsp

Onions sliced – 2 cups

Ginger garlic paste – 2 tsp

Curry leaves – 7-8

Coconut oil – 2 tbsp

Tomato sliced – 1cup

Black pepper – 5-6

Cardamom – 2-3

Clove – 3-4


  • Firstly, take a grinder, put dry red chili, cinnamon, coriander powder, turmeric powder, fennel seeds, and salt in it, and grind well.
  • Then, marinate your fish with half of the masala prepared. Put 2 tsp coconut milk into the remaining masala and keep it aside.
  • After that, heat oil in a pan, add cardamom, black pepper, cinnamon, and clove, and fry for a minute.
  • Then, add curry leaves, ginger garlic paste, green chili, and onions and saute them.
  • Now add tomato and cook until tomato gets mushy.  
  • Then, add your masala mixture to it. Boil for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add marinated fish in it and cover the pan with the lid and cook until the fish became soft.
  • Then, add coconut milk and salt and cook for 5-7 minutes.
  • Your delicious fish mappas are ready.
  • Enjoy it with rice, appam, or chapatti.

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