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Fish Thoran | Meen Varuval | Fish Fry with Coconut Masala | Fish Stir fry | Thengai Meen Poriyal

Fish Thoran
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Fish Thoran, or stir-fry, boasts a delightful flavor profile that sets it apart from other fried dishes. This delectable creation is a frequent feature in my Amma's home-cooked meals. Fish holds a prominent place in our lunch menu, serving as a staple dish. However, post-marriage, I found it somewhat challenging to incorporate vegetables throughout the day. Hailing from the southern region of Tamil Nadu, coconut features prominently in our daily cuisine. Most of our side dishes take the form of thoran, although I remained unaware of this term until after I got married. In our region, we refer to it as "Poriyal." While poriyal and thoran are closely related, there exists a subtle distinction between the two.

Fish Fry

This recipe pairs wonderfully with rasam and rice. I strongly encourage you to give it a try, as I am confident that you will find yourself wanting to make it again. Without further ado, here is the recipe for your enjoyment...

Fish Thoran

Fish(vanchuram/sheela) - 1/2 kg
Shallots / Small onions - 15
Grated Coconut - 2 cups(half shell)
Red Chilli - 12
Cumin - 1/2 tsp
Turmeric - 1/4 tsp
Salt - to taste
Oil - 2 tblspn


Clean the fish and place it in a bowl.

Grind coconut, red chilli, cumin and onion into a coarse paste without adding water. If you add more coconut masala, fry will be more tasty.
Now combine together fish, ground coconut masala, turmeric and salt. Mix well to even coat the masala.

Heat oil in a pan, add the marinated fish and cook over low flame.

Stir for every 30 seconds until the fish is cooked well. Do not keep stirring very often. The fish will be broken into small pieces.

When the fish turns golden brown and cooked, remove from flame.

Serve with rasam, rice. Enjoy!


fishthoran ingredients
Keep all your ingredients ready
clean fish
Clean the fish and keep aside
grind onion red chilli
Grind onion, cumin and red chilli to a coarse paste
add coconut
Add coconut to this and grind them coarsely
mix the masala
Add salt and turmeric amd ground coconut masala(missed the picture) to the fish and mix it well.
heat oil
Heat oil in a pan
add fish
Add the fish and stir well
stir often
Stir for every 30 seconds until the fish is cooked.
Meen varuval
Its ready. Enjoy!

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