Unakka meen mulaku akari -Sun dried fish curry

Unakka meen kari – Sun dried fish curry

Unaakka meen mulku curry Ayala Vattichathu

Dry fish mulaku curry is a traditional christian dish. Sund dried fish is  heavily coated with salt before drying.  to re-hydrate it and to remove excess salt it is washed and soaked in water before cooking.  Open mouthed earthenware pots were usually used for the preparation of this dry fish curry.Kappa and dry fish curry is the one of the main recipes of Kerala. Let’s have a look at the ingredients required for making this recipe.

Cooking Ingredients


  • Sun dried fish – 250gms
  • Oil -2 tbsp
  • Garlic chopped – 4 cloves
  • Curry leaves – 3 stalks
  • Salt – 1/2 tbsp
  • kodampuli – 1-2 pieces or Raw mango – 3-4 pieces


Ground to a fine paste

  • Shallots,chopped – 3 nos
  • Ginger,chopped – 3cm piece
  • Dry red chillies,torn into pieces – 8 nos
  • Turmeric powder – 1 tbsp
  • Water – 4 tbsp

Wash fish and soak in water for an hour.  Drain,dry and cut into 5cm pieces

Rub spice paste into fish and marinate for an hour

Heat oil in a pan,add garlic and curry leaves,and fry till the aroma of cooked garlic is released

Pour in scant 1/2 cup water and stir in fish .  Cook over low heat for 10 minutes

Variation : Sund dried prawns can be cooked in the same way.  Soak in water for 30 minutes only

Kerala style fish curry cooking recipes