Malabar Fish Fry Masala


Malabar Fish Fry Masala is a spicy fish preparation very popular in Malabar region of Kerala. This is a Kerala styled fish delicacy made with a lot of spices, onion and tangy tomato. Love this dish? Follow this spicy fish delicacy with step by step illustrations. Flavors of Malabar are quite distinct and unique. This is one such fish preparation that you can’t resist. Quite similar to meat based curries, the dish is very flavorful and aromatic. The gravy is rich and tasty. Initially the fish is marinated in a lot of flavorful spices so that they penetrate deep inside and give the fish a very strong taste and flavor. The marinated fish is fried and then added to a spicy masala mixture and kept aside for some time so that the fish gets mingled up with it so as to give it a very smooth and rich texture. Malabar Fish Fry Masala tastes great when served with chappathi, ghee rice etc. I was first introduced to this dish by one cook who is a native of Malabar at my aunt’s place. I loved the dish at first sight itself.

The Cuisine of a particular place evolves slowly through time and is influenced by many factors like food practices, culinary aspects and foreign influences. Malabar Cuisine is one such distinct and unique cuisine, popular throughout the world. Right from ancient times, Malabar coast has always been a well known trading centre blessed with riches such as cinnamon, cardamom, turmeric, ginger and pepper. Kerala was the spice garden of ancient times. Malabar Fish Fry Masala is an easy to prepare spicy fish delicacy that requires minimum ingredients. Fish is nutritious, rich in protein and other vital nutrients required for body. You can discover a well detailed Malabar Fish Fry Masala recipe here.

Malabar Fish Fry Masala

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Kerala
Servings 6 People



  • Marinate fish with chilli powder, turmeric, salt & lemon juice.
  • Then shallow fry them on both sides. 
  • Keep aside.
  • Heat 2 tbsp oil in a pan and add ginger, garlic paste and chopped onion. Saute till the onion turns light brown in colour.
  • Then add garam masala powder, pepper powder and saute for 2 minutes. Add chopped tomato, crushed green chilly and curry leaves. Saute for 7-8 minutes in medium flame.
  • Add fish pieces. Cover with a lid & cook for 5 more mins in low flame and turn off the flame. Delicious Malabar Fish Fry Masala is ready now.


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