How to make Kerala Fish Curry -

Kerala Fish Curry is an authentic south Indian dish which is deeply cherished in their culture. This fish curry has the perfect blend of spices, making it everyone's favourite

Sanjeev Kapoor

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Main Ingredients : Pomfret (पापलेट), Red chilli powder (लाल मिर्च पावडर )

Cuisine : Kerala

Course : Main Course Seafood

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Kerala Fish Curry

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The cuisine of Kerala is very hot and spicy and offers several gastronomic opportunities. The food is generally fresh, aromatic and flavoured. Keralites are mostly fish-and-rice eating people. The land and the food are rich with coconut, though one cannot imagine Kerala food without chillies, curry leaves, mustard seeds, tamarind and asafoetida. Just a little tamarind can substitute tomatoes, but there is no real substitute for curry leaves. 
The locals put to good use whatever the land offers and the result is a marvellous cuisine that is simple yet palate tickling. 
Kerala has an abundance of jackfruits, pineapples, mangoes, custard apples and an endless variety of bananas. The unusual cuisine of Kerala brings to the fore the culinary expertise of the people of Kerala. Producing some of the tastiest foods on earth, the people of Kerala are gourmets with a difference.

Prep Time : 11-15 minutes

Cook time : 16-20 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Spicy

Ingredients for Kerala Fish Curry Recipe

  • Pomfret , cut into darnes 450 grams

  • Red chilli powder 1 teaspoon

  • Turmeric powder 1/2 teaspoon

  • Salt to taste

  • Cumin seeds 1 teaspoon

  • Coriander seeds 1 teaspoon

  • Dried red chillies 2

  • Fresh coconut , scraped 3-4 tablespoons

  • Rice , soaked 1 tablespoon

  • Coconut oil 2-3 tablespoons

  • Ginger , chopped 1 teaspoon

  • Onion , finely chopped 1 medium

  • Tamarind pulp 1 teaspoon

  • Coconut milk 2 tablespoons


Step 1

Take pomfret darnes in a large bowl, add red chilli powder, turmeric powder and salt and mix well. Keep aside to marinate.

Step 2

Heat a non-stick pan, add cumin seeds and coriander seeds and dry roast till fragrant. Cool and transfer into a mixer jar.

Step 3

Add dried red chillies, coconut, soaked rice and some water and grind to a smooth paste.

Step 4

Heat coconut oil in a deep non-stick pan, add ginger and onions and sauté till onions turn light golden in colour.

Step 5

Add the ground paste, salt and 2 cups of water and mix well. Let the mixture come to a boil.

Step 6

Add the marinated fish pieces, a little salt and tamarind pulp, mix well and simmer for 4-5 minutes.

Step 7

Add coconut milk, mix and bring to a boil. Turn the heat off.

Step 8

Transfer into a serving bowl serve hot with steamed rice.

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