How to make Kerala Style Fish Thoran -

Layer of marinated fish topped with coconut-shallot and other masalas and cooked in coconut oil.

Sanjeev Kapoor

This recipe is contributed by Member Renjini Selvan.

Main Ingredients : Fish (मछली), Coconut (नारियल)

Cuisine : Kerala

Course : Main Course Seafood

Kerala Style Fish Thoran

Kerala Style Fish Thoran Recipe Card


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 : Mild

Ingredients for Kerala Style Fish Thoran Recipe

  • Fish wash and pat dry 1 kilogram

  • Coconut to taste

  • Lemon juice 1 tablespoon

  • Coconut grated 2 cups

  • Shallot, thickly sliced 1/2 kilogram

  • Turmeric powder 1/4 teaspoon

  • Ginger chopped 2 tablespoons

  • Green chillies crushed 5-6

  • Curry leaves chopped 2 sprigs

  • Kokum petals 3

  • Coconut oil 2 tablespoons


Step 1

Combine the fish with salt and lemon juice in bowl. Mix well.

Step 2

Combine coconut, shallots, turmeric powder, ginger, green chillies and curry leaves in another bowl. Mix well.

Step 3

Spread the fishes on a flat non-stick pan.

Step 4

Add salt, kokum and coconut mixture on them. Sprinkle a little water, cover and cook on medium heat till water dries up.

Step 5

Pour coconut oil before serving. Serve hot with steamed rice.

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