Thursday, June 14, 2012


The monsoon is not in full swing yet and hence the kokum fruits have some time under the sun. 

The tree.

The fruit

The final seasoning or smoking


The kokum is the main ingredient for the famous red fish curry which is unique to central Kerala.

The recipe....

  1. Fish – 1/2 kg, cut into medium size pieces
  2. Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
    Fenugreek (uluva) – 1/4 tsp
    Ginger & garlic – 1 1/2 tbsp, crushed into a fine paste
    Small onion – 6-8
  3. Kashmiri chili powder – 1 1/2 – 2 tbsp
    Coriander powder – 1 1/2 – 2 tbsp
    Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp
  4. Cocum/kudampuli – 2,3 pieces
  5. Curry leaves
    Coconut oil
Soak cocum in 3 tbsp water for 10 minutes.Mix the powders (chili,coriander & turmeric) together with coconut oil/water & make a paste. Heat oil in a meenchatti (earthen ware) or a pan & splutter mustard & fenugreek. Add crushed ginger garlic paste & stir for 3,4 minutes. Add small onion & curry leaves & saute till it becomes soft. Add the masala paste & fry till oil starts appearing. Add cocum along with the water & fish pieces. Combine well. Make sure that fish pieces do not get broken in the process, it will be safer to rotate the pan to ensure that fish & masala is mixed well. Add required amount of water & cook till the fish is done & gravy becomes thick, it will take around 20 -25 minutes on low flame. Serve with rice or kappa , dosai or even your good old bread!


  1. I saw Kokum in maharashtra too but for drinks..

    1. Didnt know they can be used for drinks.. maybe a different variety?

  2. I did not understand the name for thge "kodam pulli", is it the English name you gave "Kokum"?

    Reading this in the morning, you make me crave for meen cuury.

  3. Anil: I assume it is the English name.... do try and have a little curry.. i had a good fill as soon as we landed..this kodum puli is very good and as per MIL, it gives special taste to the curry.. she cant stand another :)

  4. Yea it is great with neiymeen, choora,ayala, mathi, nethali . vala- mamamia this is driving me crazy.

    By the way have you noticed that usually the tree is by the bank of a pond or other water source. It takes in plenty of water.

  5. Anil: yes.. it needs lots of water and since our house is in front of the river, water is no problem.


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