9th July 2024

Lady Fish Jeerem Meerem

Lady Fish Jeerem Meerem (Curry)

In this recipe for the Lady Fish Jeerem Meerem, I’ve used homemade jeerem meerem powder (using powdered spices) to make a peppery tangy curry. The curry compliments the bland taste of the ladyfish and goes well with rice.

Serves: A Family of Four

Prep. Time: 20 Mins.

Cooking Time: 18 to 20 Mins.


  • Lady Fish (small, cleaned) – 10 to 12
  • Onion (finely chopped) – 1 medium
  • Tomato (finely chopped) – 1 medium
  • Garlic – 8 small cloves
  • Tamarind (soaked in 400 ml hot water) – 1 big lime sized ball
  • Green Chillies (deseeded & slit) – 2
  • Jeerem Meerem Powder (click here) – 1 to 1 ½ tbsp.
  • Oil – 1 ½ tbsp.
  • Salt – 1 tsp. or to taste
Preparation of Lady Fish Jeerem Meerem (Curry)

Step 1:     Apply ½ tsp. salt to the cleaned fish and leave aside for 20 minutes. Pound the garlic with a mortar and pestle just to crush them (you can use the garlic with skin too) and leave aside.

Step 2:     Heat the oil in a vessel and add the onions and sauté on medium heat till soft.

Step 3:     Next add the crushed garlic and sauté for a few seconds. Add the tomatoes and fry for a minute. Switch to low heat and add 3 tbsp. hot water. Cover and cook for 2 to 3 minutes (till the tomatoes turn mushy). Stir in between.

Step 4:     Take off the lid and add the jeerem meerem powder, 2 tbsp. hot water and sauté for 30 seconds. Pulp and strain the tamarind water into the vessel. Add ½ tsp. salt and taste for seasoning. Add salt if required.

Preparation of Lady Fish Jeerem Meerem (Curry)

Step 5:     Finally put in the lady fish and the green chillies and cook uncovered on medium heat for 3 to 4 minutes. Once the curry starts boiling, swirl it once or twice in between (do not use a spoon). Serve with hot rice.

Preparation of Lady Fish Jeerem Meerem (Curry)
Preparation of Lady Fish Jeerem Meerem (Curry)

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