Malabar Fish Curry

Malabar Fish Curry

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Pic Courtesy: Shruthi Prajosh

A recipe that gives you the taste of northern Kerala. A perfect side dish with brown rice.

This above picture of Malabar Fish Curry, was sent by Shruthi, one of the reader’s of MariasMenu. I thought it was so good, that I decided to stick with this. She also added kudampuli (gamboge) for an extra kick :), Thank you so much Shruthi dear :)

  1. Fish – 1/4 kg
  2. Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon
    Scraped coconut – 1 1/2 cups
  3. Green chilli – 3
    Ginger – 1 piece
    Chilli powder – 1 1/2 teaspoon
    Tamarind – size of 1 lemon
  4. Small Onion – 4
  5. Mustard seeds – 1/2 teaspoon
  6. Salt
    Coconut oil
    Curry leaves

Grind together coconut & turmeric powder with enough water into a fine paste. Make a tamarind paste by adding water to it. Add green chilli, chilli powder, ginger & salt to tamarind paste & mix well.Add coconut paste to this. Mix well. Cook this paste & when it starts boiling add fish pieces. Cook till the fish pieces are done & gravy becomes thick. Heat oil in a pan & splutter mustard seeds. Add small onion & curry leaves. Stir till the onion becomes brown & pour this over the fish curry.

Other malabar recipes in this blog:

Malabar mutton curry 1 unnakkai

Source:Vanitha

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  • nirmala

    ithe dish is simply great
    i being a kannadiga is not familarized with malabar food
    but my husband is a malabar muslim and he enjoys this curry very much,thank u maria

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Hi Nirmala

      Thank you for trying this recipe and letting me know about it.

      Happy to hear that your husband enjoyed it :)

      Cheers
      Maria

      • Akshata Shenoy

        Hi Maria,
           I am trying this recipe right now.
        I hope it turns out good.
        Will post again, once its done.

        Cheers!!,Akshata

        • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

          Hi Akshata,

          I hope your fish curry came out well. Thanks for trying the recipe :)

          Cheers
          Maria

          • Akshata Shenoy

            Hi Maria,
              Last time the curry was awesome :)
            My hubby loved it …
            I am doing this again today …
            Thanks for sharing such lovely recipes …

            Cheers,
            Akshata

          • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

            Hi Akshata,

            You are welcome dear! Nice to know that your husband also liked it.

            Happy cooking :)

            Cheers
            Maria

        • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

          Hi Akshata,

          I hope your fish curry came out well. Thanks for trying the recipe :)

          Cheers
          Maria

  • Bali

    good recipe..enjoyed it very much.
    Thanks

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Thanks Bali :)

  • Bali

    Thanks!
    Just wanted to add a few more comments. The fish available here (the UK) is not very salty – I havent tried many varieties though)Coming from Kannur I am used to sea fish the taste of which I would not get even if I add salt and marinate I suppose. Just wondered if there any suggestions on this..
    I did try a curry the way my wife makes it but the coconut cream I used made it taste a bit sweet. Any suggestions?
    Thanks and regards

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Hi Bali,

      I dont have much idea about the salty part of it :(

      Regarding the sweet taste (though am not very sure) some suggestions:

      you can try reducing the amount of coconut cream you add. Try adding coconut milk instead of cream, it has a milder taste.

      Hope this helps..

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Choudhary

    Hey Maria,

    I would be trying this on the weekend. Wish me luck. Hope it all comes right.

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Hi Choudhary,

      Thanks for visiting.

      All the best and hope you will like it.

      Happy cooking !

      Cheers
      Maria

  • noushad

    wow… its a good.. one….i made with avoli.. really..taste good…im a bachelor staying..in uae.. always..try ur.. menus… thanks..alot again and waiting more from u….

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Hi Noushad

      Thank you :) It’s really good to know that you try recipes from here. Keep trying and keep commenting :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Conred

    Just made this one out… and its divine…yumm!

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Thanks Conred, glad you liked it :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Kimaya

    Hi again!

    I made this for lunch today to accompany a fish fry and it was delish! I didn’t have any coconut oil though so i used regular vegetable oil, i guess missed out on the ‘authentic’ taste.
    Thanks for the recipe!

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Hi Kimaya,

      Thanks for trying this. Please try it with coconut oil next time, it will enhance the flavor of the curry.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Sanoj

    Maria you are a legend love your recepie.s I live in Australia and miss kerala food a lot due to the scarcity of kerala restaurants. So we have taken things in our own hands and started cooking kerala dishes and your recepies are a boon indeed.
    keep up the good work

    Cheers
    Sanoj

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Hi Sanoj,

      Its great to know that you find this space helpful. Thanks for the comment :)

      Happy cooking :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Sandhya Nair

    Maria, though a novice I could manage this recipe and it turned out really great. My husband remarked that it reminded him of his grandmother’s
    cooking which was a great compliment for me. Its superb with palappam!!

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

       Hi Sandhya,

      Thanks dear :)wow!  its indeed a great compliment that your cooking reminded your husband about his grandmom’s cooking. Thanks for the comment too..

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Ida

    Hi Maria — tried this out recently and came out well.I used kudampuli in place of tamarind.
    Thanks a bunch!

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Ida,

      You are welcome! I’m glad that you liked this recipe. Thanks for posting the comment here :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Ida

    Hi Maria — tried this out recently and came out well.I used kudampuli in place of tamarind.
    Thanks a bunch!

  • priya

    hi maria,
                tried this out …. i added a little fenugreek powder also… tasted great with both rice and rotis…my kids and husband loved it….I’m a doctor but cooking is my favourite hobby… and i love ur recipes                                          thanx a lot maria !

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Priya,

      You are welcome. Its a pleasure to know that the curry was liked by your family.

      So now I can contact you for some free consultation :)

      Thank you so much for taking time to share your feedback here.

      Cheers
      Maria

      • Priyakurian

        hi maria,
                    hope u r fine …u r welcome for free consultations in dermatology…..:-)
                   i tried ur carrot cake…. it was yummy…!!!!!
         
                                          thx….byeeeeeeee
                                                                    priya (doha)

  • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

    Hi Reena,

    I do hope that your chicken stew came out well.

    Cheers
    Maria

  • Jenny

    I made this right now–am nt very good at clicking the snaps thoh :) :)…it has turned out awesome..thank u..and am sharing the link wid a couple of friends who cn so try the same :) :)

  • jiah oberoi

    wat is chicken cothy??cn i get the recipe plz..

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Jiah,

      I’m hearing it for the first time… Sorry I dont have any idea what it is :(

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Jiah,

      I’m hearing it for the first time… Sorry I dont have any idea what it is :(

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Jiah,

      I’m hearing it for the first time… Sorry I dont have any idea what it is :(

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Jiah,

      I’m hearing it for the first time… Sorry I dont have any idea what it is :(

  • shahana

    ur dishes are so good……love it…

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thank you very much dear Shahana :)

  • sumi

    hiii mariaaa.. thanks a loooooot dear..i made it today and it was a super duper hit.. my hubby dear who rarely gives good opinion said this is the best fish curry he ever had… That was HUGE coming from him. my BIG thanks to Shruthi too….

  • sumi

    hiii mariaaa.. thanks a loooooot dear..i made it today and it was a super duper hit.. my hubby dear who rarely gives good opinion said this is the best fish curry he ever had… That was HUGE coming from him. my BIG thanks to Shruthi too….

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Sumi,

      You are welcome dear :) great to know it was very much appreciated by your husband.

      Wish you a happy new year!

      Cheers
      Maria

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Sumi,

      You are welcome dear :) great to know it was very much appreciated by your husband.

      Wish you a happy new year!

      Cheers
      Maria

  • http://www.facebook.com/melisha.noronha Melisha Noronha

    I found this recipe during one of my random searches on the net. I quickly jotted it in my notebook. The curry was the best i ever had and i was feeling so bad that i forgot the source of the recipe, until after a year i found your website and recognized the recipe. Thank you for this wonderful recipe, I am now a die-hard fan of Kerala Cuisine. Please read my blog too. It is http://www.melsfoodcourt.blogspot.com where i review restaurants in Bangalore.

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Melisha,

      Thank you so much dear :) great to know that you are a fan of Kerala cuisines.

      Checked out your website too, great effort! Best wishes for your blog!

      Cheers
      Maria

  • athulya sreeshan

    My mom s not home..so i dcd to make d fish curry…it went out well…n dis s d first time am trying…thaaank u so much….:)

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thanks Athulya for trying recipe from here for your first experiment :) I’m glad it came out well for you…

      Cheers
      Maria