Jul 13, 2014

Malabar Fish Curry Recipe

 Saturday means it should be fish in my house, i usually make this and this curry. Because my hubby like a coconut based fish curry than a curry without it..But i wanted to try a malabar fish curry for a long time. So when i googled for the recipe, i found this one. It was quite a easy one to prepare. This curry has coconut as a base one, so i thought that my hubby wont miss his normal curry. 

This one has ginger in it, so it has a mild ginger flavour which was pleasant in this curry. I used a white firm fleshed fish in this and it didn't have much bone at all, so this curry was really good.

For a tasty fish curry, there should be a perfect amount of salt, spice and tart in it. So taste the curry and adjust the spicyness, tangyness and seasoning to your taste. My hubby always tells me that fish curry should have a little extra tangyness and spiciness, Because it is mixed with rice so it can take a extra of those ingredients. So hope you find this tip useful and let me know if you try this recipe.

Preparation Time : 5 mins
Cooking Time : 15 to 20 mins
Serves : 4 to 5
Recipe Source: Marias Menu


Fish - 300 grams (any firm fleshed fish, i used therachi fish)
Coconut - 1.5 cup grated
Turmeric Powder / Manjal Podi - 1/2 tsp
Chilli Powder - 1 tblspn or to taste
Ginger - 1 tsp finely grated or chopped
Green Chilli - 1
Tamarind - a small lemon size or 3 tblspn of tamarind pulp
Shallots / Sambar Onion - 3 peeled and sliced thinly
Mustard Seeds / Kaduku - 1/2 tsp
Curry Leaves a sprig
Coconut Oil - 1 tblspn
Salt to taste


Take coconut and turmeric powder in a blender and puree till it is smooth. 

Add the pureed coconut to a earthernware kadai or any kadai.

Add in ginger, chilli powder, salt, tamarind pulp, green chilli and some water. Mix well. 

Bring this to a boil, add in fish piece and simmer for 8 to 10 mins till the fish is cooked.

Now make seasoning, heat oil and crackle in mustard, shallots and curry leaves. Pour this over the curry and mix well. Cover the pan with a lid till serving.

Serve with rice.

Take all your ingredients

First step, take coconut in a blender

Add in turmeric powder

Puree them

Add it to a kadai

Wash the blender with some more water and pour it into the kadai

Mix well

Add chilli powder

Add grated or finely chopped ginger

Add in a green chilli

Season with some salt

Add tamarind pulp

mix well

Bring it to boil

Add in fish pieces

Cook till the fish is tender

Curry done

Heat some coconut oil

Add in mustard seeds

sliced shallots

and some curry leaves

pour this over the curry

Mix well



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  2. Awesome recipe.. Thanks for sharing

  3. @Anonymous We can add 1- 1 and 1/2 tsp of coriander powder while adding chilli powder.

    1. No...coriander definitely not a ingredient here...it won't taste perfect as malabar fish curry

  4. My wife wondered how you prepared such a nice recipe. simply super dish. thakxX

  5. Hi,I like ur reccipe.
    Wl try to make it today

  6. Tried malabar fish curry today. This recipe is quite simple to follow and tasted really Great!. Keep up your good work!

  7. I have seen many wrong recipes of malabar fish curry on net...this is exactly close to my grandma's recipe...we are from malabar region (Thalaserry northern kerala)...you are amaking:)

  8. Can I use seer fish for this curry??


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