Tuesday, November 12, 2013


Kerala fish curry

Learn how to make spicy Kerala fish curry.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 20 - 30 minutes
Serves: 3 to 4 people
  1. Fish ,medium sized pieces-400 to 500 gms
  2. Kashmiri chili powder-2 to 2.5 tbsp(see notes)
  3. Turmeric powder-1/2 tsp
  4. Coriander powder-1/2 tbsp
  5. Fenugreek powder-1/8 tsp
  6. Mustard seeds-1/2 tsp
  7. Shallots,sliced-5 to 6 nos
  8. Ginger,crushed- 1.5 tbsp
  9. Garlic,crushed-1.5 tbsp
  10. Curry leaves-2 sprigs
  11. Kudampuli / Fish tamarind / kokum- 2 to 3 small pieces( soaked in water)
  12. Water-1 to 1.5 cups( or as required)
  13. Salt-to taste

  • Combine together kashmiri chili powder,turmeric powder,coriander powder , fenugreek powder and few tbsp of water to form a thick paste.Keep aside.
  • Heat oil in a pan/manchatti. Gently swirl the pan,to coat the sides of the pan with oil.

  • Add mustard seeds and let it splutter.Add shallots,ginger,garlic and curry leaves.
  • Saute until it turns golden .Reduce the flame to low,add the masala paste,saute for about a minute.
  • Add 1 to 1.5 cups of water( depending upon the amount of gravy you require) and mix well.
  • Add kudampuli / tamarind and salt to taste. 
  • Bring it to a boil,over medium heat.Now add the fish pieces and mix well.
  • Cover and cook until fish is done.Uncover and cook until the gravy turns thick.Add more curry leaves.
  • Remove from heat and keep covered for at least one hour for the flavors to blend in.
  • Serve with rice.

  • Notes:
    • If you feel that the curry is a bit too tangy,remove the kokum pieces.
    • Adjust the spice level according to your taste.Kashmiri chili powder gives a nice red colour to the curry without being too spicy.I used about 2.5 tbsp of kashmiri chili powder.If you are using regular chili powder,use according to your spice level.
    • If you want to keep the curry for more than one day,avoid using coriander powder.
    • Adjust the quantity of water according to amount and consistency of the gravy that you require.I used about 1 and 1/4 cups of water.

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