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Malvani Fish Curry

A simple fish curry from Malvan.

This recipe is from the book Khazana of Indian Recipes.

Preparation Time : 11-15 minutes

Cooking time : 26-30 minutes

Servings :

Malvani Fish Curry

Main Ingredients

King fish (surmai) fillets, Cumin seeds




Main Course-Seafood

Level Of Cooking


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  • King fish (surmai) fillets cut into 1-inch cubes
    500 grams
  • Cumin seeds
    1 teaspoon
  • Coriander seeds
    2 teaspoon
  • Dried red chillies
  • Turmeric powder
    a pinch
  • Salt
    to taste
  • Onions
    2 medium
  • Coconut scraped
    3/4 cups
  • Black peppercorns
  • Oil
    3 tablespoons
  • Tomato finely chopped
    1 medium
  • Tamarind pulp
    1 tablespoon


Step 1

Lightly roast cumin seeds and coriander seeds and grind them into a powder with dry red chillies. Apply salt, turmeric powder and the ground powder to the fish cubes and keep aside. Chop one onion.

Step 2

Soak tamarind in two tablespoons of water and squeeze to get pulp. Grind the other onion with coconut and black peppercorns into a coarse paste.

Step 3

Heat oil in a pan, add chopped onion and sauté till lightly browned. Add tomato and sauté till oil leaves the sides.

Step 4

Add the coconut paste and cook on high heat for a minute. Add two cups of water and bring the gravy to a boil.

Step 5

Add fish pieces and cook on medium heat for five to six minutes. Add tamarind pulp, adjust salt, stir and simmer for five minutes.

Step 6

Serve hot with steamed rice.

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