Monday, February 21, 2011

Traditional Kerala Style Fish curry

traditional kerala fish curry

This is an authentic dish from God's own country Kerala. If you love garlic you are sure to love this dish as there are lot of garlic flavors going in.

Preparation time : 25 minutes
Cooking time :20 minutes
Serves : 5 to 6

Ingredients :
  • 2 lbs. cat fish, cut into 2" pieces lengthwise
  • 2 tsp red chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 cup Shallot , chopped lengthwise
  • 1/4 cup onion, chopped
  • 2 tsp ginger , minced
  • 24 garlic cloves (small), Use less in no. if using larger cloves
  • 4 green chilies, slit lengthwise
  • 2 tsp vinegar / lemon juice
  • Salt, to taste

Ingredients for seasoning (tadka in Indian terms)
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tbsp shallot , chopped
  • 6 garlic cloves (small) , minced ; Use less in no.if using larger cloves
  • 4 whole red chilies, chopped into small pieces
  • 5-6 curry leaves
  • 2 tbsp Oil

 Preparation :
  • Wash the fish thoroughly and cut into 2" pieces , lengthwise.
  • In a deep skillet, add all the above ingredients with 2 cups of water, except the ones for seasoning .
  • Add fish to it and cook for 10 to 15 minutes until the gravy comes to a thicker consistency.
  • For seasoning (tadka), heat 2 tbsp of oil in a non stick skillet , add mustard seeds, when it starts to sputter, add garlic , shallot , chopped red chilies and curry leaves, fry well.
  • Now add the seasoning on top of the curry and cook for another 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Serve hot with Rice.

I' m sending this to The Kerala Kitchen  this month being hosted by Magpies Recipes


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  1. Mmmmm love all your curries! So glad to have met your blog! will be visiting often! Really wish I was your neighbor so I could drop in and taste your fantastic dishes for real!
    Thanks so much for sending it over to The Kerala Kitchen!

  2. This dish is making me drool....sounds so yummy!

  3. Hi hi
    Am very crazy about fish..Fish is my favorite as we are from Kerala..Your blog has many varieties of fish..Wowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww unbelievable..So lovely...will do all ur recipes of fish..So happy to follow you and its my favorite of your blog... So tempting :) Greattttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttt so many words to express u :)

  4. Wow, Kerala fish curry looks simple and yummy! Am really craving for some fish curry right now! I will this for sure :)

  5. My mom's signature dish, havent prepared since a long, yours makes me drool and pulling me to try soon..
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