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Kerala fish curry

Learn how to make spicy Kerala fish curry.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 20 – 30 minutes
Serves: 3 to 4 people

  1. Fish ,medium sized pieces-400 to 500 gms
  2. Kashmiri chili powder-2 to 2.5 tbsp(see notes)
  3. Turmeric powder-1/2 tsp
  4. Coriander powder- 1/2 to 1 tbsp
  5. Fenugreek powder-1/8 tsp
  6. Black pepper powder-1/8 tsp
  7. Mustard seeds-1/2 tsp
  8. Shallots,sliced-5 to 6 nos
  9. Ginger,crushed- 1.5 tbsp
  10. Garlic,crushed-1.5 tbsp
  11. Curry leaves-2 sprigs
  12. Kudampuli / Fish tamarind / kokum- 2 to 3 small pieces( soaked in water)
  13. Water-1 to 1.5 cups( or as required)
  14. Salt-to taste


  • Combine together kashmiri chili powder,turmeric powder,coriander powder , fenugreek powder ,black pepper powder and few tbsp of water to form a thick paste.Keep aside.


  • Heat oil in a pan/manchatti. Gently swirl the pan,to coat the sides of the pan with oil.


  • Add mustard seeds and let it splutter.Add shallots,ginger,garlic and curry leaves.




  • Saute until it turns golden .Reduce the flame to low,add the masala paste,saute for few minutes or until the masala leaves the sides of the pan.


  • Add 1 to 1.5 cups of water( depending upon the amount of gravy you require) and mix well.


  • Add kudampuli / tamarind and salt to taste. 


  • Bring it to a boil,over medium heat.Now add the fish pieces and mix well.


  • Cover and cook until fish is done.Uncover and cook until the gravy turns thick.Add more curry leaves.




  • Remove from heat and keep covered for at least one hour for the flavors to blend in.
  • Serve with rice.


  • If you feel that the curry is a bit too tangy,remove the kokum pieces.
  • Adjust the spice level according to your taste.Kashmiri chili powder gives a nice red colour to the curry without being too spicy.I used about 2.5 tbsp of kashmiri chili powder.If you are using regular chili powder,use according to your spice level.
  • If you want to keep the curry for more than one day,avoid using coriander powder.
  • Adjust the quantity of water according to amount and consistency of the gravy that you require.I used about 1 and 1/4 cups of water.
  • You may also add 1 or 2 green chilies along with ginger and garlic,if desired.
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Here is the video recipe for Kerala Fish Curry:

PS:This is my FIRST EVER video recipe,so please bear with me.Your comments and suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!!

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    Vineetha Sush
    November 13, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    wow curry looks mouthwatering the colour..drooling drooling. Nice chatti 🙂

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    November 14, 2013 at 6:10 am

    That is one good curry everyone would carve for, looks stunning with bright colour 🙂

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    November 16, 2013 at 3:32 am

    this is the only way I like king fish lovely colour

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    January 22, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    Thank you for this…Looks soo yummmm !!

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    February 25, 2014 at 10:36 am

    Followed your recipe and made shark fish curry! Was Yum Yum! Here are pics of my fish curry.

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    November 12, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    wat brand chilli powder is this looks so good…

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    February 4, 2015 at 11:55 am

    I tried the fish curry today and it was delicious ! Everyone at home loved it. In Sri Lanka we also use kokum in our fish curries , it is called Goraka. Thank you for posting the recipe. By the way pics are beautiful 🙂

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      November 18, 2016 at 9:42 am

      Thank You Ruwani

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    Benita Karthic
    August 15, 2015 at 9:00 pm

    The curry came out well.thank you for the recipe

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      August 16, 2015 at 7:05 am

      Thank You @Ruwani Kumar and @Benita Karthic for the happy it worked well for you..
      Happy cooking

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    February 26, 2016 at 5:19 am

    Thank you

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    May 8, 2016 at 1:07 pm

    I tried it many times… it came out well..

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    May 8, 2016 at 1:07 pm

    Tried it… came out well.. thank u v much

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    June 11, 2016 at 6:48 pm

    Hey thanks a lot. i was preparing fish curry for the first time and it was delicious. I followed xact the same.

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      July 10, 2016 at 2:36 pm

      Thank You Bijosh..

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    September 5, 2016 at 10:20 am

    I tried this and it was super..the best meen curry i ever made!!! Thank you so much.

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      November 18, 2016 at 9:44 am

      Thank You for the feedback Feba.Happy to know that you liked it.

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    June 24, 2017 at 12:00 am

    Why do you avoid coriander powder if you wish to keep the curry for more than one day?

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    Ayesha's Kitchen
    November 29, 2017 at 2:17 pm

    Really nice… i like the color of it very much. Also it was new tip for me to avoid coriander if to keep more than a day.. thanks.. i will surely try this

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