Friday 19 February 2010

Tuna Fish Stir-fry (Meen Puttu/ Podimas)



Here is a quick, easy, economical, modest and a tasty dish for fish lovers.

Economical in this case because I've used canned tuna fish. However, you may use any fresh or frozen fillets for this recipe as well.

It is usually on a day which has been preceded by rich meals, when our stomachs demand for something different while our palates persist for texture and subtlety, that this fish stir-fry comes to my attention. It blends perfectly well with watery and light curries like a Rasam (here & here) or More Kozhambu (Curd Curry) or Kattu sore Kozhambu / Spinach Sodhi Kozhambu.

In fact, this is such an easy and versatile dish that one can concoct the same as a filling in a sandwich or serve as a side dish or just try stirring in some of this copiously with some plain hot rice and tell me how it was!!

Ingredients: (for 4)

280g Tuna fish (I used unflavored canned salted tuna fish)
5 or 6 Shallots
3 green chillies (+/- according to your taste)
3 or 4 garlic pods (optional)
A sprig of curry leaves
½ a tsp of turmeric powder
5 spoons of Oil
1 tsp mustard seeds
1tsp black gram dhal
1 tbsp fennel seeds
A tbsp fennel seeds powder
Salt
A tbsp of Lime/ Lemon juice
Coriander leaves (optional)

Method:

Drain the water from the can and crumble the fish. Add some turmeric powder to it, stir well and keep it aside.

Chop the shallots, garlic and the green chilies finely.

Heat oil in a wok, splutter the fennel seeds, the mustard seeds and the black gram dhal.

Add the curry leaves, the shallots, chopped garlic and the green chilies and fry until the shallots are slightly colored.

Add some salt (the fish is already salted, so we need just enough to season the masala) and now add the fish and stir-fry well for a couple of minutes.
Add the fennel seeds powder and fry one more minute and switch off the gas.

Sprinkle some lemon juice and maybe some coriander leaves and enjoy!!

PS: Canned Tuna fish can be very well substituted by other fresh or frozen fish fillets like Cod/ Haddock/ Hake. In this case, you just have to pre-cook them in some water, salt and turmeric powder and use as indicated in the recipe. Happy cooking  and have a nice week end dearies !!!!

48 comments:

Ushnish Ghosh said...

Dear Akal
This is great, I have finshed my work here and was thinking of some bfast and here it is...I have the tuna and onion , but no seasoning..I wish I had this typical seasoning with me here. I am fade up of mashed tuna, onion, gren chili, english mustrad and tomato sandwich
have a nice weekend..I am enjoying/suffering from a no work situation in this apt room..ha ha

Priya said...

Just love this tuna fish puttu, i do the same one with canned tuna fish too, guess all the pondicherry peoples do this puttu once a while..awesome clicks..

nandini said...

I have done this with sura but not tried using tuna... interesting akal!.I like the idea even more bcoz its canned tuna.Honestly i find sura version bit dry .Yours looks still moist. I am sure it will taste great with a simple rasam!!

Sushma Mallya said...

looks so nice, i have not used fish this way,very interesting...

TREAT AND TRICK said...

Great recipe, never tried tuna in my cooking, shall try this one for sure....

Sharmilee! :) said...

Luv fish podimas urs make me long for it right now!

Tina said...

My all time fav...Mouthwatering dish...Pass that bowl to me...

Asha said...

Gorgeous pics Akal, I need a new camera now! :D

Looks tasty and love the Podimas recipe. Simple and delicious.

Latha said...

Lovely recipe Vinolia.....I make it a little different with coconut...will try ur version next time.

vineetha said...

fabulously yummy oneeeeeee...I cant resist dear:)

Cool Lassi(e) said...

Wow. What a delicious looking puttu it is. I think it will go well this boiled smashed Tapioca. I have seen this kinda combo in a keralite house once and I am hooked.

Vrinda said...

I am not a tuna fan,but my hubby's fav..looks really mouthwatering....

Nostalgia said...

I love these..and I agree sometime seven I just crave for some simple food post heavy party food.

Jagruti said...

Dish looks nice and colourful...!

Cham said...

I use to do this one more when I was in Paris, not only economical, is dam easy and satisfying side dish with rasam!
Here, I don't do it, because of the smell, my husb will run away if I do this puttu! Make me nostalgic :(

Gita said...

Wow meen puttu with tuna...super! I love the idea of using canned tuna also...very easy to make...I am bookmarking this one...thanks dear :) Looks super delicious!

Padma said...

Nice step by step pics. Looks yummy...

Sailaja Damodaran said...

Love to have it with rasam rice

Anu said...

Yummy recipe... never tried tuna in my cooking.. will try soon..

Trendsetters said...

we used to do this with sura(shark)..This is very clever

Preety said...

prefect one for my hubby

Bong Mom said...

You know we will make a stir fry like this, maybe a little diff spices, then make balls of this, dip in eggs, coat in bread crumbs and fry them to make fish chops or fish croquettes. They taste so yumm

Swathi said...

Vinola,

I will make same curry with potato some time, not always. As hubby is against to potato

Gulmohar said...

I would love to have this as a stuffing for my sandwich :-)Thanks for this idea ! You too have a great week end !!

Sashi said...

Wow Akal, looks colorful.. never tried tuna. will try this out soon.

Balakrishna Saraswathy said...

Can u send some over by UPS?? feeling very hungry...

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

Wow - you make me hungry!
Real good one...

Shama Nagarajan said...

yummy delicious recipe

kothiyavunu said...

Hi dear...hope u r doing fine :) I have gone out of gear and cant track on time my favorite blog..you have posted a lot of great recipes ..will try to catch up soon.
Love this tuna thoran very much..I use to make it with coconut..will try ur version next time.:)

Erica said...

I love tuna fish!!!! That looks absolutely delicious! Great flavors!

Uma S said...

that looks so inviting!i love podimas,am used to the same procedure with shrimp/shark..this is an innovative one, I have never tried tuna at home, and now am inspired to try the same with tuna!

AdukalaVishesham said...

looks very tasty.. we too make tuna fish thoran like this...

Malar Gandhi said...

Since I can never find our 'paal sura meen' here, I too adopted making puttu with tuna fish, see like minds work alike...sure we really do have common taste buds:):) Tuna puttu looks incredible perfect alternate for sura puttu:)

Mythreyi Dilip said...

Oh girly, don't tempt me with that yummy close up shot:) I'm big fan for fish puttu, addition of fennel seeds and fennel seed powder is new to me, will try your version next time da.

Sarah Naveen said...

Adipoli...looks superb delicious....my Fav..

Pavithra said...

Lovely click as usual and looks so superb. I always love ur photos ...

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

I love tuna and make it pretty much the same way but never used fennel should be very aromatic and flavorful... Shall make sure to add it next time!!!

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Padhu said...

Just dropped by to see your lovely pictures!

? said...

Just heard about a 'shark' puttu = Soora Puttu? done in Southern TN, from a friend and came across your recipe!
:-)

Saveurs et Gourmandises said...

Comme j'aime beaucoup la cuisine indienne, je suis toujours partante quand je vois tes recettes.
Penses-tu qu'il serait possible que tes recettes soient en version bilingue (français/anglais)?
Tu feras connaitre ta cuisine à la blogosphère francophone.
Bon weekend.

Dolly said...

Vinolia,this is such an easy and delicious recipe. LOve ur inviting Clicks. Will surely try this.LOve the addition of lime/lemon juice and fresh Cilantro leaves. It must taste divine.

Fimère said...

un plat très appétissant, bravo
bonne journée

Viki's Kitchen said...

Meen puttu supera irukku pa. Nice tips on using Tuna fish from tin. I have never bought this tuna in tin. Your post has encouraged me to do so. Mouthwatering dish , that too with paruppu kulambu or rasam...Saathame kooda veendam...appidiye saapiduven:)

Fimère said...

j'adore tes recettes elles sont délicieuses et appétissantes
bonne soirée

Yasmeen said...

Love the quick cooking canned tuna,stir-fry sounds perfectly appetizing :D

PranisKitchen said...

My peera recipe is different..
looks tempting...
actually in kerala puttu is the steamed rice cake one of the traditional breakfast...
wonderful blog ..like to floow..

Vyshali said...

Excellent and simple tuna dish. My husband absolutely loved it. My second dish from your site after the carrot-beans kootu

Akal's Saappadu said...

Dear Vyshali (..should I say my special visitor) :),

thank you so much for having tried out my recipes, and I'm so content that you liked them!!! thank you for the kind words you drop now & then, and happy cooking and happy eating!!! hahaha have a nice day dear !!

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