Mangalorean Fish Curry | Meen Gassi |

Meen gassi

Mangalorean Fish Curry – a coconut based curry which is sure to tickle your taste buds.

“Meen” stands for fish and “Gassi” is a Mangalorean term for curry.  This is a popular dish served with rice in coastal Karnataka.  You will find quite a few restaurants in Mumbai serving this dish. So, fish lovers, give this dish a try. You will surely love this Mangalorean Fish Curry.


8 to 10 pieces of Pomfret
1 cup fresh coconut (scraped)
5 to 6 Dry Red chillies (a mix of Kashmiri and byadagi chillies)
3 tsp  Coriander seeds (Dhaniya)
1 tsp Cumin seeds (Jeera)
¼ tsp  Mustard seeds (Rai)
1 tsp Carom seeds (Ajwain)
4 to 5 fenugreek seeds (Methi)
1 tsp Turmeric powder
1 small Onion (chopped)
4 to 5 cloves of garlic
A lemon sized ball tamarind
Salt as per taste

Meen Gassi
Mangalorean Fish Curry


Wash the fish and marinate it with salt and keep it aside.

Dry roast dry red chillies, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, mustard seeds, carom seeds, fenugreek seeds one by one. Grind the above roasted ingredients alongwith  coconut, chopped onion, garlic, tamarind, turmeric powder to a fine paste.

Transfer this masala paste to a pan. Add water as per the required consistency and heat. When the masala is cooked and starts boiling, add the marinated fish. Cook on a medium flame for 8 to 10 minutes. Serve hot with steamed rice.


Do, have a look at the following fish recipes

Andhra style fish curry, Surmai Fry, Pomfret fry, Bombil Curry, Stuffed Pomfret, Fish Amritsari