Tuna n' Carrot Peera | Kukskitchen

Traditionally peera is made with small fish like natholi / anchovy. However, canned tuna is an easy fix. I came across this idea when my friend from school Remya asked me about indian style recipe to do with tuna. Combining tuna with carrots makes it a more rounded dish.

A few things before we start:

  • Use tuna chunks in water and not oil or brine for a cleaner taste.
  • Remember to use less salt if using tuna in brine.
  • If you cannot manage to get kudampuli , use 2 tsp regular tamarind paste or raw mango.
  • Although best made in a traditional earthern vessel, a thick bottomed pan would serve as good.

Tuna and carrot stir fried with coconut 
ചൂര കാരറ്റ് പീര 
Serves 4


1- Tuna chunks in water- 2 cans
     Grated carrots - 2 medium or 1 cup
2-  Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
3- Onion - 1 medium, chopped
     Garlic cloves - 5, finely chopped
     Fresh ginger - 1 tbsp,finely chopped
4-  Shredded fresh coconut - 1 cup
      Dried red chilli - 4
     Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
5- Fish tamarind / 'Kudam Puli' - 1
     Luke warm water - 1/4 cup
6- Roasted fenugreek powder - 1/4 tsp
7-Curry leaves - 2 sprigs
8- Coconut oil - 2 tsp
9- Salt to taste

  • Wash 1 piece of fish tamarind/kudam Puli and keep aside to soak in 1/4 cup of luke warm water. 
  • Heat 2 tsp of oil in a pan ('Meenchatti') and splutter 1/2 tsp of mustard seeds. Add dried red chili and let it warm up for 30 seconds. Remove chilli from the pan and keep aside. 
  • Add the(3) and salt and saute for 2 minutes over low flame. 
  • Meanwhile coarsely grind (4) and keep aside. 
  • Now add drained tuna and cook for 2 minutes. Add the fenugreek powder and mix well to combine. 
  • Add the chopped carrots, ground coconut mix, tamarind with its water and 1 sprig of curry leaves.
  • Add salt and cover and cook for 5 - 6 minutes on low flame or till the water is all dried up and the carrots are cooked.
  • Garnish with remaining curry leaves and serve with plain rice.
 Recipe adapted from: Shibi Thomas

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  1. Looks delicious and yummy dear ...drooling here :)

  2. looks super tempting...carrot gives very nice colour to this..

  3. Kalakki.. Peera looks perfectly made.


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