Pepper Fish Curry

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Pepper Fish Curry

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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian, Kerala, South Indian
Author: Maria Jose Martin


  • 1/2 kg Kingfish
  • 10 Small / Pearl onion
  • 4-5 pieces Garlic
  • 3 Green chilli
  • 2 tbsp Black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Coriander powder
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1 cup Thick coconut milk
  • 2 pieces Cocum (Kudampuli)
  • Salt


  • Wash & drain water from fish. Grind together small onion, garlic, green chilli,black pepper, coriander powder & turmeric powder.
  • Put the fish in a pan & add ground paste & mix well with hands. Add enough water & cocum.Cook on low fire until the gravy becomes thick.
  • When gravy becomes thick add coconut milk & curry leaves. Cook on low fire & when it starts boiling take it off from stove. Garnish with coriander leaves.
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19 thoughts on “Pepper Fish Curry”

    • Hi Shiran,

      No oil is added in this recipe, it’s kinda oil free :) However if you want to add oil, you can drizzle some oil right before taking it off the stove.


  1. hi maria..i’m new 2 d cooking world n  recently came across ur amazing blog…i’v tried few recipes vich came out real good!…thanx to you :)…i’v tried d above recipe but i’m finding it hard vit d curry consistency…no matter wat i add (coconut milk or coconut paste)i always end up vit watery ones…:(…pls suggest me a tip 2 overcome dis!….cheers!

    • Hi Avrilvids,

      Thanks a lot for trying the recipes :)

      Ok, you can try adding cornflour to thicken the gravy. Mix 1-2 tbsp of cornflour in 1/4 cup of water & add it to teh curry towards the end & cook for another 5 mins. Or you can try adding cashew paste. Soak around 7-10 cashews in 2 tbsp hot water for 10 mins or so. Grind it to a smooth paste.Adding cashew paste brings more taste & creaminess to the gravy.

      Hope this works…


  2. Hi Jolly,

    Welcome to MariasMenu! Thank you so much for your comment. I should say your family is lucky to have you :)

    Hope you will like the recipes posted here. Please do share your feedback, if you happen to try them. Happy cooking!


  3. Hello Maria:

    I came across your recipes recently.  I am trying one by one. I live in Florida  and recently sold my business and now have lots of time to cook kerala foods.  Your recipes  are wonderful. My wife and children are loving it.  I am looking for today’s menu. By the way my children are 21 and 20.

  4. Hi Maria, you have a new fan out here in me! I just accidentally landed on your blog and have been a loyal browser since then. I am getting your recipe by email once in a while. Whenever I am free, I browse through all the wonderful recipes and postings…very yummy, nice pics, interesting postings. I love to read all your are doing an amazing job. You make us feel at home away from home…we r in canada. continue ur gr8 work…

    • Hi Rosy,

      Thanks a ton for your comment. I’m glad that you landed here :) Its great to know that you like visiting this space.

      Please try the recipes when time permits. I do hope you like them.

      Wish you & your family Happy Easter in advance!


  5. hey Maria,
    I just loved the variety of fish curry recipes you’ve
    got there and sure that they all taste great
    best wishes
    Thushara eric

  6. I loved the look of this one in your pic and so tried it couple of days back. I messed up by putting chilli powder and regretted it the moment I tasted it. But I guess, we are too hard on ourselves when we make it- My hubby loved it. So thank you..:)

    And I made the prawns fry too and that was the best prawns we ever made…Looking forward to try your other recipes. Im sad I reached here late..But its okay..Better late than never right

    • Hi Jina,

      Thanks dear for taking time to write to me. Am really happy that you are trying out the recipes from here.

      And yes, its always better late than never :)

      Happy cooking :)


    • Hi Sulochana,

      I havent tried this recipe with tomato. Kudampuli (cocum) is the souring agent in this recipe. If you want you can try with tomato.

      I think its best to add tomato with ground paste.

      Hope you’ll like this dish.


    • Hi saranya

      You can try this with other fish also. I think it will be good with flesh fish. Hope you’ll like it.

      Please let me know your feedback if you try it.


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