Fish pickle / Meen achar

Fish, cleaned and cut into small chunks – 1 kg

Pepper powder – 1 tsp
Kashmiri chilli powder – 2 tsp
Turmeric powder – 2 tsp
Salt as required

dry roasting
Fenugreek seeds – 1 tsp
Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
Asafoetida – 1 small piece

making masala
Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
Curry leaves – 2 stalks
Garlic, chopped – ½ cup
Ginger, chopped – ¼ cup
Ginger paste – 2 tbsp
Garlic paste – 2 tbsp
Kashmiri chili powder – 3 tbsp
Turmeric powder – ½ tsp
Salt as required

Vinegar – ½ cup
Marinate fish with pepper powder, kashmiri chilli powder,
turmeric powder, and salt. Keep this aside for 1-2 hours.

Heat oil in a pan. Fry fish on both sides. Set this

Heat a pan. Add fenugreek seeds, cumin seeds, and asafoetida.
Dry roast these ingredients on a low flame. When done, switch off the flame.
Let it cool down. Now grind this to a powder.

Heat gingelly oil. Add mustard seeds. Let it splutter.
Now add curry leaves. To this, add chopped ginger and garlic. Saute well. When
ginger and garlic starts to change color, add ginger paste and garlic paste. Saute
well on low flame. Add Kashmiri chili powder and turmeric powder. Saute on low
flame. Add salt. Mix well. Now switch off the flame. Add fried fish and
vinegar. Mix well. Add roasted powder and mix well. Check for salt and vinegar.

If you are living in a hot climate, keep the pickle

25 thoughts on “Fish pickle / Meen achar”

  1. Aha, during my college days I used to eat NV, back then my roommate from Kerala used to bring fish acchar, nostalgic!!
    Love the look of it, very rich and authentic!
    Nice clicks too, Beena!

  2. One of my college friend used to get it from her home town.. Missing it very much…. Btw how long we can store it?

  3. Hi Beena, this is really interesting and yummy. I think I want to give this a try. Have a nice weekend 🙂

  4. Such a nice recipe:) Yummy and tempting:) Loved the clicks 🙂
    Come and participate in my event and giveaway and awards:)

  5. our all time favourite. 2 yrs back, my in-laws had come over to kuwait for a visit, and we made it together here….


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