Kerala Traditional Fish Curry


Kerala Traditional Fish Curry

Kerala Traditional Fish Curry
Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Cuisine Kerala
Servings 5 people



  • Wash and soak the fish pieces in curd and keep aside.
  • In Kerala earthen pot or a heavy bottom vessel, add oil and heat.
  • Splutter mustard seeds.
  • Add ginger and button onions.
  • Soak chilly powder, turmeric, salt and saute them too until the oil separates.
  • Add 1 1/2 cups of hot water and let it boil.
  • Add pieces of washed fish and let it boil.
  • :- Till that time do not stir with any spoon or wooden spoon. If you need to rearrange the piece, take the vessel and rotate the entire dish.
  • Add the puli/tamarind pieces and cover the dish to cook on medium heat.
  • Until the pieces are cooked and the gravy is thick, add more curry leaves and leave the dish open until the curry is cold.
  • Tips/Suggestions:- Fish curry which is made in this manner will stay for 3 days at a stretch without keeping inside the fridge. Here you must notice there is no garlic in fish dishes, as garlic has meat taste.
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Response (8)
  1. d
    divya August 19, 2010

    It was great. I made it myself as i am single. So the recipe was really helpful and a simple easy fish curry. It came out well. Thanks..

  2. s
    sowmya January 4, 2009

    Nalla curry swapna.i made it with kudampuli as puli once made my fish curry brown..

  3. j
    jij September 4, 2012

    Soaking the fish in curd is to remove the smell from fish. And u dont add that into the curry..hope this will help somebody.

  4. a
    anju May 6, 2009

    Hi , New recipe. Please dont call it “traditional kerala fish curry”. The traditional Kerala fish curry does not have curd in it or soak the fish in curd.Garlic and fenugreek is a must in the traditional curry and the tamarind to be used in the fish curry is Cocum star .Adding curd to the fish curry is not good for health. Have read ur other recipes. and liked most of it.

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