Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Alleppey Fish curry

alleppey fish

This is a specialty dish from the district of Alleppey in Kerala.  I got this wonderful fish curry recipe from one of my good  friends . This recipe was narrated to her by chef Joby @ Ente Keralam restaurant, Poes Gardens, Chennai.

Preparation time : 25 minutes
Cooking time : 20 minutes
Serves : 4

Ingredients :
  • 1 lb. King Fish (You can also use Vanjiram or Neyymeen or Seer Fish) 
  • 5 Green Chillies , cut into slit
  • 1 " piece of Ginger, minced
  • 2 to 3 cloves Garlic , minced
  • 1 large Onion , finely chopped
  • 5 Shallots, finely chopped
  • 1 cup Raw Mango , cut into 1" cubes
  • 2 medium sized Tomatoes
  • 2 cups of Coconut Milk 
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 2 - 3 tbsp Kashmiri Chilli Powder ( you can adjust the spice level according to your taste)
  • 1 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 2 tbsp Coconut Oil ( Coconut oil is preferable )
  • a pinch of Fenugreek Powder
  • 4 -5 curry leaves
  • Salt, to taste
kerala fish

Preparation :

  • Wash and cut the fish into pieces.
  • In a non stick skillet, heat 2 tbsp coconut oil, add the mustard seeds, when it starts to sputter, add onions, shallots, curry leaves, chillies, garlic and ginger and sautee till the onions turn translucent. Mash the onions with a long spoon.
  • Next add turmeric powder, kashmiri chilli powder, salt, fenugreek powder and fry for a minute. Next add chopped tomatoes and cook for another minute.
  • Then add the raw mango pieces with 2 cups of water and bring to a boil until the gravy reaches a semi consistent texture.
  • Add the fish pieces and cook for another 5 minutes until the gravy becomes thick.
  • Add coconut milk and let simmer in low flame for another 5 minutes. Check salt and spice levels and adjust accordingly.
  • Serve with hot rice OR Kappa Vevichathu. Excellent for Dosa as well.

spicy kerala fish

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  1. Wow...superb fish curry...Innikki dosaude koode mathi...:)

  2. The curry is looking too good !

  3. I had similar one in alleppey.. it ws made with shark.. was soo yuuumm.. ended up buying 2 fish paltes.. this one reminds me of those times.. yummy

  4. being from alleppey, this is my Grandmom's speciality dish.. I love the tangy twist coz of raw mango.. Thnx for sharing!! U prepared it perfectly..

  5. Thanks dear for the compliment...this is the second time I tried this recipe !

  6. wow yummy and tempting curry..too gud !!

  7. What a wonderful fish curry! Thank you for your sweet comments!

  8. Awesome ... Lovely recipe and drooling over your pics.. Just yummy..

  9. Fish curry looks so yum...love it with kappa

  10. My mom makes this at times and I just love the addition of raw mangoes... It gives the whole curry a tanginess.. Yummy curry

  11. Sonali,

    The curry must be really tangy with the addition of raw mango. Love the way you try different cuisnies!


  12. i think id add a bit more spicy powder to this dish, since im a crazy fanatic of hot/spicy food!
    this sounds soo savory

  13. Looks and sounds so delicious...yummy!

  14. looks very deliciuos ...d color rocks..
    Tasty Appetite

  15. Such a nice and delicious fish curry.
    Love to eat it with plain boiled rice and fried appalams.

  16. Irresistible fish curry there, every time I stop by at ur blog' you make me very hungry,immediately hehe:)

  17. Ingredients r awesome so i guarantee that it would be grt. Shld give a try.

  18. OMG, truly droolworthy fish curry. I'm salivating right from the second I entered here...ooo lala!!!

    Thanks for stopping by at my blog. Glad to meet you! ;)

  19. I think a very much fav fish curry to all keralites!!!Looks great

  20. This looks like a very flavourful and delicious curry! Love the addition of mango!

  21. Wow...love that creamy and tickling gravy....

  22. Superb fish curry,makes me drool.

  23. Loved the color of the gravy very much. Nice authentic recipe!

    US Masala

  24. ho looks gorgeous and tempting :)

  25. The fish curry looks authentic seeing this my husband is after me to give this a try.Will let you know how it turns out.

  26. sure Vidhya...do give it a try and let me know...but I'm very sure u'll absolutely love it dear !

  27. wow....thanks a lot to all of you for your wonderful comments!

  28. 5 chillies and 2-3 tablespoons of chilli powder? You're kidding me.

  29. Hi Ray...this is a very very spicy dish , but the spiceness gets balanced with the tanginess of raw mangoes :-)

  30. Hi Sonali,wonderful curry,
    looks yummy!!!Good presentation.
    Hugs ;)

  31. aiyo, my saliva is dripping, my hubby's fav is fish curry. In fact, our diet is also much of the time fish.

    I have also made something similar with mangoes inside.

  32. What a beautiful curry...sounds delicious!

  33. As some one from kottayam, who used to travel around kuttanad I adore this tastes..I grew up with it..happy to have an fish blog in my fvrt blog list..I will knocking your blog doors more often from now on..see u again.

  34. love this !!!! drool!!! yummy yumm!!

  35. Wow, I've never cooked with raw mango before and am definitely intrigued! This curry looks delicious! :)

  36. wow Loved the colour, looks delicious sonali....perfect with rice:)

  37. Sonali,
    You did it again:)...this is the most yummy and mouth watering fish curry!!

  38. wow.....thanks a lot to all of you for your wonderful comments !

  39. oh a fish curry sounds incredible!

  40. Thanks so much for sending this yummy fish curry to Kerala Kitchen! I think you forgot to add the link to the event

    Please add the link and/or the logo of our event too, so that it is a validation that you sent it to our table, and also so that more people come to know about our event!

    Oh and older entries are accepted too, would love to see all your yummy fish curries! You just have to edit them to include a link to our event. No need to repost!

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  42. Looking at your blog for the first time....very nice...the fish looks something similar to waht we call Ayr mach (from West Bengal) will sure try this..thanks!!


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