Friday 24 June 2016

Kola Meen Varuval Recipe/Kola Meen Varuval with Coconut Milk Recipe/Flying Fish Fry/Flying Fish Fry with Coconut Milk Recipe/Kola Meen Varuval Recipe with step by step photos

Kola Meen Varuval with coconut milk is one of my mom’s signature recipes. As my mom hails from Nagapattinam [where fish is a staple food], she makes different kinds of fish, each with different methods of preparation and unique taste. This kola meen varuval is one such recipe. I am really happy to share with you all my favourite fish fry. Do try it out friends and post your comments here. Meanwhile do check out other interesting Mutton RecipesFish Recipes and Chicken Recipes here.

Here’s how to make Kola Meen Varuval with step by step photos…


Kola Meen/Gar Fish
1 big fish [approx. 500 gms]
Red Chilli Powder
2 tbsp.
Coriander Powder
1 tsp
Turmeric Powder
½ tsp
Coconut Milk [Thick]
½ cup
As needed
For frying the fish
 Preparation Time: 10 -15 minutes [Extracting coconut milk & washing]
Cooking Time: 15 - 20 minutes
Serves: 4-5
Author: Priya Anandakumar
Recipe Category: Side Dish
Recipe Cuisine: Tamil Nadu, India


Kola Meen/Gar Fish

Cut the fish to pieces as shown in the photo. Wash the fish 3-4 times with clean water.
My mom washes the fish with rock salt, so I also follow the same. Here’s how to do it - To wash the fish with rock salt, add 1 tbsp of rock salt [kallu uppu] on the fish and rub it on the fish pieces with your finger.

Then wash the fish thoroughly with lots of water to get rid of all the dirt.

Drain the water the completely from the fish, because we are going to make the masala for the fish with coconut milk.

Now add red chilli powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder and salt to the fish.

Now slowly add the thick coconut milk to the fish and mix it along with the masala powder. Add only the required amount of coconut milk, here I have given the approximate amount that will be needed to make the masala. The masala must be coated on all the fish pieces completely. Cover and let it sit for 30-40 minutes.

The Gar Fish/Kola meen has thick skin, so when we add coconut milk and marinate, it will become a little softer. The coconut milk also adds extraordinary taste to the fish.

Now heat the kadai/pan to fry the fish pieces. Add 2-3 tsp of oil and add the fish pieces, cook them on medium flame on all the sides. Cook until they are done and transfer it to a plate. Similarly cook all the fish pieces in batches.

Yes, delicious, flavourful and mouthwatering Kola Meen Varuval is ready to be enjoyed. Try this fish fry with a simple rasam sadham and it will taste heavenly.

When adding masala make sure you do not add all the coconut milk at one go, add it slowly as needed and mix well.

Let the fish marinate in the masala, so that the flavour and taste of the coconut milk gets infused into the fish thoroughly.

One most important point is, this fish is very tasty, consume it immediately after you prepare. If you have it after very long time the skin of the fish will turn rubbery.

One more interesting thing about this fish is that, when you start removing the flesh of the fish the bone will look slightly blue in colour. This is quiet natural you need not get scared, if it is going to be your fist time trying this fish.

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  3. Hi Priya, i tried your recipe for the first time yesterday and i should tell you that it was very tasty and every one in my family liked it very much. thanks a lot dear for posting this recipe. keep posting

    1. Hi, Thank you very much for trying out the fish fry and letting me know, I am so happy all your family members loved it. Pls come back for more recipes, and support us. Also check out our Youtube channel Priyas virundhu-


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