Fish Curry – Kerala Style


Fish Curry - Kerala Style

Simple fish curry of my late grandfather that I inherited - by sujee
Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Cuisine Kerala
Servings 4 people


  • 1/2 Kg Fish cleaned and washed, any kind that you like
  • 2 nos Cocum soaked in 1 cup of hot water for 15 minutes with some salt
  • 1 big Tomato diced
  • 1 cup Shallots peeled and crushed, Kunjulli
  • 1/4 cup Shallots finely chopped into roundels, Kunjulli
  • 4 nos Green chilies slit
  • 2 sprigs Curry leaves
  • Coriander leaves roughly chopped
  • 4 tbsp Chilly powder
  • 2 tbsp Coriander powder
  • 1 tsp Turmeric powder
  • Salt As reqd
  • 3 tbsp Cooking oil

Grind together to a fine paste:


  • Add some salt and turmeric power to the cleaned fish and keep aside.
  • To the soaked cocum add tomatoes and crush the tomatoes well.
  • To this add crushed onion, green chilies, curry leaves, chili power, coriander powder, turmeric powder, enough water and salt to taste.
  • Keep the prepared mixture on stove top and cook covered for 5 minutes.
  • Add the coconut paste and mix well.
  • Cook covered till the curry reduces a bit.
  • Add the fish pieces and cook covered till they are well cooked.
  • Heat 2 tbsp oil in a small kadai.
  • Add the finely chopped onion and fry till they are browned and nice aroma arises.
  • Pour this on to the curry and keep it closed. Serve hot with rice, idli or dosa.
  • Variations: 1)If you do not have cocum, then use a lemon sized ball of tamarind.
  • Omit the coconut-ginger paste.
  • Happy cooking 🙂
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Response (1)
  1. S
    Sunitha January 27, 2011

    Nalla meen curry..

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