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Fish Curry

Fish Curry –  a tangy & pungent curry perfect with simple plain rice. I was not a very big fan of Fish Curry until sometime. I would always prefer the fried/roasted variety rather than curry in Seafood dishes. I just started loving Fish Curry when I first tasted it which my Mom prepared. It was such a yummy and delicious curry. When I tried it in my kitchen for the first time, it was just okay and I wasn't much satisfied with the outcome. But this time the curry was just perfect and it was a super success dish at home.

So, this is my Mom’s version.

  1. Fish – 5 Pieces (Vanjram/King Fish/Surmai)
  2. Oil - 2 tbsp
  3. Tamarind – Lemon Size
  4. Ginger Garlic Paste – 1.5 tbsp
  5. Turmeric – 1/4 tsp
  6. Coriander Powder – 1 tsp
  7. Red Chilli Powder- 1 tbsp
  8. Methi/Fenugreek Seeds – 1/4 tsp
  9. Mustard Seeds – 1/2 tsp
  10. Curry Leaves – Few
  11. Coconut Paste – 4 tbsp
  12. Tomatoes – 2 Nos (pureed)
  13. Onion – 1 (thinly sliced)
  14. Water – 1.5 Cups
  15. Coriander Leaves
  16. Salt to Taste
Fish Curry
How to Prepare:
  • Wash and soak tamarind in warm water for few minutes. Remove the pulp and set aside.
  • Clean and wash the fish pieces.
  • Heat oil in a pan and splutter mustard seeds, methi seeds & curry leaves. Add the sliced onions and sauté till golden brown.
  • Now, add ginger garlic paste and fry for 2 – 3 mins. Add coriander powder, turmeric powder, chilli powder and fry for 30 secs.
  • Then, add the pureed tomato, coconut paste and mix well. Cook covered till raw smell leaves.
  • Now, add water, tamarind pulp and cook covered until the fat separates.
  • Add the fish pieces and bring it to a boil or until the fish is cooked. Ensure that the fish is not overcooked.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with plain rice.
Fish Curry
  • You can use any variety of fish. I prefer vanjram as this is my favorite variety either for the curry or fry.
  • You can also use Kokam instead of tamarind pulp. Wash just 3 - 4 pieces and add them in place of tamarind pulp. This is available in stores.
This goes for '60 Days Christmas Event' hosted by Divya & Priya


  1. bhavna bagri

    i have been looking for this kind fish curry….i gonna try this…looks so delicious…

  2. Very spicy, rich and yummy fish curry….

  3. Very taste and my child liked it very much.

    We like to get some kind of fried rice recipes

  4. This is the favorite fish curry dish from the eastern part of India. I learned this recipe from my mother-in-law, who is a master in cooking this recipe. I have to practice it 3-4 times to achieve perfection. Try this curry with plain steamed rice–you’ll love it.

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