How to make Kerala Fish Curry -

An absolutely delicious yet simple fish curry made in the Kerala style.

Sanjeev Kapoor

This is a Sanjeev Kapoor exclusive recipe.

Main Ingredients : King Fish,

Cuisine : Kerala

Course : Main Course Seafood

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 : 21-25 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Moderate

Taste : Mild

Ingredients for Kerala Fish Curry Recipe

  • King Fish pieces 400 grams

  • Salt to taste

  • Turmeric powder ½ teaspoon

  • Red chilli powder 1 teaspoon

  • Cumin seeds 1 teaspoon

  • Coriander seeds 2 teaspoons

  • Dried red chillies 2

  • Rice soaked 1 tablespoons

  • Tamarind pulp diluted in water 2 tablespoons

  • Oil 2 tablespoons

  • Onions chopped ½ cup

  • Ginger chopped 1 teaspoon

  • Coconut milk ½ cup


Step 1

Apply salt, turmeric powder and red chilli powder to the fish pieces and set aside for 15 minutes.

Step 2

Lightly roast cumin and coriander seeds. Mix with red chillies, soaked rice and scraped coconut and grind to a smooth paste.

Step 3

Heat oil in a non-stick pan. Add onions and ginger and saute on high heat till the onions are golden. Add the ground paste and mix well. Add 2 cups of water and mix well. Bring it to a boil.

Step 4

Add fish pieces and mix well. Add tamarind pulp and mix well. Simmer for 8-10 minutes till fish is almost done. Add coconut milk and mix. Simmer till the mixture comes to a boil by which time the fish will be done.

Step 5

Serve hot with steamed rice.

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