Lady Fish is ever popular in Kerala for many reasons, learn about them here!

Lady Fish is ever popular in Kerala for many reasons, learn about them here!

Fish, a significant source of nutrients, particularly protein, is popular around the world. Interestingly, there are around 34,000 fish species in the world, making it nearly impossible to try them all. However, you must try a few that stand out for their flavour and distinct textures, such as mackerel, lady fish, and trevally. This article discusses the lady fish, lists its nutritional benefits, and provides a traditional kalan fish recipe to make on special occasions.

Where is Lady fish Found

The lady fish is found in the western North Atlantic Ocean (from Cape Cod to the Gulf of Mexico), Caribbean Sea, and southern Brazil. It is particularly abundant in Florida and the Caribbean Sea. In India, it is found in the tropical backwaters and on Karnataka’s western coast and is locally known as kalan fish

The ladyfish has a mild flavour and can be used in a variety of preparations. It is eaten extensively in Karnataka, cooked as fish fry and curries.

Kalan Fish: Nutritional Benefits

The ladyfish has high levels of omega-3 fatty acids, proteins, iodine, and vitamin D. It makes for a nutritious addition to one’s diet and eating it at least twice a week can be highly beneficial.

  • The fish is low in fat, making it the ideal fish for a low-fat diet.
  • High levels of omega-3 fatty acids contribute to heart health.
  • High levels of protein are key to muscle-building and bone health.

Ladyfish on Licious

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Print Recipe
Kalan Meen Kulambu
Kalan meen kulambu is a traditional South Indian curry. The fish is cooked in a tangy onion-coconut mixture and spiced with red chilli powder. The result is a mouthwatering curry that can be served as the main dish alongside rice for lunches and dinners.
Instructions
  1. Heat some oil in a pan. Add onions and cook until they turn golden brown. Toss in the freshly grated coconut and stir well. Give it a few minutes and add a little water to make a paste.
  2. Add red chilli powder, coriander powder, turmeric, fenugreek seeds, mustard seeds and chopped tomatoes to the pan and cook for 15 minutes. Add water to the pan and stir the mixture well.
  3. Add the ladyfish and tamarind paste to the pan.
  4. Keep an eye on the fish and flip the pieces halfway through the cooking time so that the fish skin does not stick to the pan or overcook.
  5. Cook the fish covered for another 20-30 minutes on low heat.
  6. Garnish Kalan Meen Kulambu with curry leaves. Add some freshly grated coconut for crunch. Serve with steamed or jeera rice.
Recipe Notes

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