Ayala Meen Curry/Mackerel Fish Curry

Ayala Meen Curry/Mackerel Fish Curry

Ayala Meen Curry/Mackerel Fish Curry

Ayala Meen Curry/Mackerel Fish Curry is a traditional fish curry from Kerala with bold flavors of typical local fish curry spices and kokum(cocum). I tell you what, I have seen this style of cooking fish curries mostly in the Kollam, Alapuzha districts of Kerala. But, without any doubt, now it’s been embraced by every Keralites .

Ayala Meen Curry/Mackerel Fish Curry

Ayala Meen Curry/Mackerel Fish Curry

The thick and bold gravy, the spiciness from green chilly and the sourness from kokum make this dish everyone’s favorite. You need to be very mindful about the amount of you use in dish. Make sure to use the right quantity to avoid it being too sour in taste.

Kokum is used widely in cooking in Kerala. In most of the   fish and seafood recipes malabar tamarind (cocum) plays a very important role. To read more about cocum, click here.

Ayala Meen Curry/Mackerel Fish Curry

Ayala Meen Curry/Mackerel Fish Curry

Okay, without any further adieu, let jump right into the recipe..do try out this wonderful Ayala Meen Curry/Mackerel Fish Curry and do let me know your feedback please..

Ayala Meen Curry/Mackerel Fish Curry Recipe..


  • Ayala or Mackerel – 500 gms
  • Coconut oil – 3 Tbsp
  • Curry leaves – 1 sprig
  • Shallots – 250 gms, sliced
  • Green chilly – 4 each
  • Ginger – one inch piece
  • Garlic – 5 cloves
  • Cocum or kudam puli -3 each
  • Turmeric powder -1 Tsp
  • Chilly powder – 1 Tsp
  • Corinader powder – 1 Tsp
  • Fenugreek -1/2 Tsp
  • freshly ground black peeper corns
  • Water
  • Salt to taste


  1. Clean the mackerel fish, cut into cubes.
  2. Soak the kudam puli, cocum, in warm water and keep aside.
  3. Heat 2 Tbsp of coconut oil in an earthen ware pot, fry curry leaves.
  4. Add shallots and stir fry over medium high flame.
  5. Stir in green chilly, ginger and garlic and cook until the onions turn golden brown in color.
  6. At this point, add the powdered spices and cook.
  7. Cook the spices on a slow fire until the raw flavor goes off.
  8. Remove the pot from the fire, let it cool down.
  9. When cooled down,take the mixture in a jar blender and process it to coarse texture.
  10. Return the mixture to the fire, add water, cocum with the soaked water and boil.
  11. Once it has come to a boil, add salt and let it simmer.
  12. Add cut fish and cook until done on a simmering fire.
  13. Remove from the fire and gently mix in one Tbsp of coconut oil.
  14. Now your Ayala Meen Curry/Mackerel Fish Curry  is ready and enjoy it with rice.

Note: I have used earthen ware pot, if you can’t get hold of it use any vessel of your choice. Soak the cocoum in warm water for 15 minutes at least prior to adding it to the curry to get the beat flavor profile.

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  1. Jason James says:

    Awesome recipe. Ayala has always been favourite. When ever I am home I always make it a point to buy Ayala for my lunch. Good luck with your blog. bless

  2. Benoy George says:

    Good recipe. I am from Aleppy and I live in Canada. Style at home is bit different than yours..still this recipe worth try.

  3. Maria maria says:

    Brilliant recipe. Very well explained. Looking forward to more step by step picture..if you can.

  4. Delicious. I hope you I can substitute the fish. Here in Caribbean , we are never short of fish you know

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