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Fish Curry Kerala Style.

Updated on July 13, 2015

Fish Curry Indian

Indian fish curry
Indian fish curry

This fish curry is best made in earthen pot for the flavor but since it is not easy to find and cook in earthen pot in cities so I have used a heavy base pan. Of course if you can cook in earthen pot then the flavours of fish and spices come out superb. This dish comes from the Southern Indian state of Kerala. Even though I have used King fish, but you can use any kind of fish for this curry. Kashmiri red chili is used not for the chili but for the aroma and the colour it imparts to the curry.


  1. King Fish ( Surmai) : 1 Kg.
  2. Tamarind: 3 Pieces
  3. Ginger Garlic paste: 2 Tsp.
  4. Kashmiri Red Chili Powder: 2 to 3 Tsp.
  5. Turmeric Powder: 1 ½ Tsp.
  6. Curry leaves.
  7. Green Chilies: 2
  8. Salt to taste.
  9. Oil: 2 Tbsp.
  10. Curry leaves: 15
  11. Water: 2 cups.

For tempering:

  1. Mustard seeds: 1 Tsp.
  2. Fenugreek Seeds: ¼ Tsp.
  3. Curry Leaves: 5


  1. Cut the fish in to 1 inch pieces ,
  2. Wash and drain the fish pieces and keep aside.
  3. Mix Kashmiri red chili powder in 3 Tbsp of water and keep aside.
  4. Slit the green chilies vertically.
  5. Soak tamarind pieces in 1 cup of water and keep aside.
  6. Set aside.
  7. Take a heavy base pan and put oil in it.
  8. Heat it on high.
  9. Add all ingredients for tempering.
  10. When mustard seeds splutter, add onions.
  11. Sauté for a couple of minutes.
  12. Add turmeric and ginger garlic paste.
  13. Sauté till the onions turn soft.
  14. Add salt and mix well.
  15. Now add Kashmiri chili powder which is mixed in water.
  16. Sauté till the oil separates.
  17. Add 2 cups of water and bring to boil.
  18. Now add fish pieces. Do not stir once you add fish or it would break.
  19. Now add the soaked tamarind pieces to the fish,
  20. Cover the pan and cook on low till the fish is cooked and gravy thickens.
  21. Remove cover, add slit chilies and then cover again.
  22. Remove from heat and keep aside.
  23. After one hour, transfer to service dish and serve.
  24. Best serve with rice


  1. King Fish is very delicate fish and breaks easily. So once you have put fish in the dish you do not stir the mixture.


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    • peachpurple profile image

      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      Curry chicken is best cooked with claypot or deep ceramic pot, better than stainless steel pot

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      Indian Chef 4 years ago from New Delhi India

      Thanks Peggy. I have a small curry leaf plant in a flower pot so it is not difficult for me to get them any time i want .. Just few leaves are enough. It grows easily.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Another great sounding recipe from you. I have never seen fresh tamarind pieces but have some in bottled form. I also have curry powder but not the fresh curry leaves. Wish I could dine at your table! You sound like an excellent cook! Up and useful votes and will tweet.

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      Indian Chef 4 years ago from New Delhi India

      Thanks Vacation Trip.

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      Susan 4 years ago from India

      Simply mouth watering recipe. Thanks for sharing. Voted up.