Vanchikaran Meen Curry (fish Curry Of The Boatman)
I love this curry for its name. It so happens that my mom's elder sister got married into a family who lives near the backwaters of Kerala. They have the backwater flowing right in front of their house. My aunt's style of cooking changed a lot after she got married into this family. To begin with this curry uses a lot of shallots, crushed chili flakes and garlic along with a special ingredient a coconut fermented vinegar. This curry is named so because it is considered to be a quick fix curry for boatmen and fishermen when they go for an early catch. They don't need to saute a thing because this curry is a simple dump it all and boil curry. It tastes awesome after a day and therefore it is ideal to prepare this curry a day ahead.