Tomato Fish Masala

A quick and simple Kerala style fish curry made with tomatoes.

Here is the recipe…

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Tomato Fish Masala

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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian, Kerala, South Indian
Servings: 4
Author: Maria Jose Martin


  • 1/2 kg King fish

For Marination

  • 1 tsp Chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper powder
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
  • Salt

For Masala

  • 2 medium Onion (chopped)
  • 2 chopped Tomato
  • 3 Green chili
  • 1.5 tbsp Ginger (chopped)
  • 1.5 tbsp Garlic (chopped)
  • 1 tbsp Coriander powder
  • 1.5 tbsp Kashmiri chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp Garam masala
  • 2 cups Water
  • 4-5 tbsp Coconut oil
  • Curry leaves
  • Salt


  • Marinate the cleaned fish pieces with ingredients listed under “for marination” and keep aside for half an hour. Heat 4 tbsp oil in a pan and fry the marinated fish pieces.
  • Add chopped onion, ginger & garlic,curry leaves and green chili to the remaining oil and saute till it is done. Add all masala powders and stir for a minute. Once the masala powders are fried well, add tomato pieces and saute till the oil starts appearing.
  • Add 2 cups of water & salt. Let it boil. Once it starts boiling add fried fish pieces and cook in low flame for about 7 – 10 minutes or until the fish pieces are covered in the gravy. Serve hot with rice.
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21 thoughts on “Tomato Fish Masala”

  1. Hi Maria,
    I started with the doubt in my mind “How will a fish curry with garam masala, tomato etc be good”, but it turned out to be awesome….really yummy…everyone liked it…Thanks a lot for this recipe.

    • Hi Neha,

      Nice to know that the fish curry came out well for you.. yeah it’s a bit unsusual to add garam masala in fish curry :)

      Thanks for leaving a comment here.


  2. Hi Maria,

    Thks for another great recipe.
    Its bachelor cooking time for me here since my wife is staying back in India for an extra month.
    And your site has been of great help.
    This one turned out just Superb nd Yummy.
    Wish you well!!

  3. hi maria.your fishmasala is wat we call fishmoalgulittathu.only difference here the fish is fried.and i must confess marias fried taste somuch better.but how u get the yellow color (i luv yellow color)wen u add so much chilly powder.i aasume it a camera trick for the site.r u publishing any book of receipes?

    • Hi Jameela

      I’ve heard about meen mulakittathu, but never knew its recipe…btw, thanks for trying this. Happy to hear that you liked it :)

      Regarding the color, there is no camera trick :) I think this is more of reddish colour and may be the light gives it a yellowish tint.

      Presently I dont have any plans to publish a book. Am just doing this as a hobby :)


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