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Fish Mappas

Fish/Meen Mappas

 Mappas is a popular recipe in Kerala and is made with fish or meat. This traditional dish has a rich creamy texture and is made with coconut milk. Here I am making with fish. This curry resembles a delicately flavored fish stew.  It goes well with appam or parotta.

Fish- 1 lb
Shallots- 1/2 cup
Tomatoes- 2 large
Green chilly- 2
Ginger- 2 inch
Garlic - 5
Chilly powder- 1tsp
Turmeric Powder - 1/2 tsp
Coriander powder- 2 tsp
Coconut milk- thin- 1 cup
Coconut milk thick-3/4 cup
Vinegar- 2 tsp
curry leaves

Clean fish and marinate with a little of turmeric, chilly powder and salt and fry it slightly and keep aside. (You can avoid this frying step  for large chunk fish like King fish)
Chop onions and tomatoes. Mince garlic, green chilly and ginger. 
In a separate bowl mix chilly powder, turmeric and coriander powder with little water and make a paste and set aside.
In a hot pan pour oil and splutter mustard seeds, and add the minced ginger and garlic and curry leaves and saute it for a minute. Add shallots and fry till it becomes golden brown and mix in the chilly coriander paste and fry it till oil separates and then add tomatoes. Allow tomatoes to get completely cooked and pour in thin coconut milk and allow it to boil. Slide in the fish pieces, cover and cook in medium heat.When fish is almost cooked add vinegar( adding vinegar is optional). Finally add the thick coconut milk and take off from the heat after a minute, just before it starts to boil. Quick and easy Mappas is ready.

Try this...

Hope you will all enjoy.


  1. Yummy fish mappas..Love it with appam..

  2. Looks great Suja, really delicious....

  3. Hey thats so tempting and looking great.... :)

  4. the pic says its so what to say more about it.looks so inviting,..nice of our favorite dish.i love to have it with chapathi.suja really yummy da..feeling to taste some..sure i am going to prepare it this week .
    Which fish u used here.pomfret

  5. Hm... looks great.. I add some garam masala to it but will have to try it without it like you have done.. thanks for sharing

  6. that looks so tempting and delicious...nice pics too...thanks for sharing this Suja!

  7. Vayi kappalodikam epol Suja..Love to have mappas with appams..Ayo kothi varunallo...

    Kairali sisters

  8. That looks so delicious and tempting... A combo with appam...

  9. new to blog....each and every dish of ur blog looks so tempting and gorgeous....glad to be in touch with u....

  10. wow..superyummy..spicy bful color, with cumin ric...

  11. Looks soo tempting! Making me drool.

  12. wow that looks gorgeous, very tempting suja...awesome one...

  13. Lipsmacking fish mappas, looks super delicious..

  14. Wooow fish mappas looking delicious dear makes me hungryyyyy..

  15. Nice name for the dish :) Keralite dishes are always yum...:)

  16. Thanks for sharing this tasty dish dear..looks so spicy and yum :)

  17. Creamy mappas, like to have it with Iddiappams. Nice picture as well.

    Thanks for visiting You have got good collections of recipes here.

  18. Thanks everyone for stopping by and for the sweet comments and for the encouragement.

  19. Lovely blog and lovely recipes. I am gonna try this fish for sure.

  20. Hi Suja
    thanks for visiting me you have nice space too..happy to follow you and lovely fish dish..

  21. I would love to try this:) Beautiful!

  22. Thanks Madhu, Jagruti and Magic of spices for stopping by..Welcome to my blog.
    Do visit often.


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