Red Fish Curry

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Red Fish Curry

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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian, Kerala, South Indian
Servings: 5 -6
Author: Maria Jose Martin


  • 1 kg KingFish
  • 5 Small / Pearl onion
  • 1 tsp Mustard seeds
  • A pinch Fenugreek
  • 1.5 tbsp Crushed Garlic
  • 1.5 tbsp Crushed Ginger
  • 3 tbsp Chilli powder
  • 2 tbsp Coriander powder
  • 1 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1 cup Grated coconut
  • 4 pieces Cocum (kudampuli)
  • Salt
  • Coconut oil


  • Heat oil in a pan & splutter mustard seeds & fenugreek. Saute crushed ginger & garlic. Add curry leaves also.
  • Make a paste with chilli, coriander & turmeric powder & add it.Grind the coconut with 3-4 small onion & little water.Add ground coconut when oil starts appearing. Mix well & stir for 3-4 minutes.
  • Add cocum,salt& fish. Pour required water & cook. Once the fish is done add oil & take off from gas. Garnish with curry leaves.
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26 thoughts on “Red Fish Curry”

  1. Hello Maria,
    Your blog is a life saver for me… I have been using your recipes from the day I started cooking. I couldn’t express in words about how much your blog and recipes had rescued me while cooking. Today my husband and his friends and family love my cooking and they believe that I’m a good cook… All the credits belong to you, Maria.

    Thank you,

    • Hi Saranya,

      Thanks a ton dear for your comment :) I’m really happy to know that you find the site helpful. Btw, the cook can also take credit :)

      Happy cooking!


  2. Thanks Chechi…… Today I have tried my hand in preparing a major dish(fish curry) first time in my life…I have mixed your recipe with another recipe from another blog….though i got confused and screwed up the ingredients …it turned out to be good(certified by flat mates :)) …..thanks a lot to U again for making this much easier for me :)

  3. Hi Maria, I have started following your blog very recently. and I must say that you have a very good collection of recipes. I have enjoyed trying out many of them but never had a chance to write back and thank you. This particular recipe is really good. I have tried making the red fish curry using so many other recipes but it hasn’t come out as well as this one. The quantities that you advise in the recipes are spot on!! My husband and I really enjoyed this one. Thank you very much! I look forward to seeing many more recipes and trying them also. :)

    • Hi Gayatri,

      Thanks a lot dear! Great to know that you’ve tried many recipes from here.

      Thanks again for taking time to leave a comment here, appreciate it very much :)


  4. Hey, i got tuna with me..will try this today and let you know :) Looks damn yummy :)
    Thanking you for posting this recipe :)

  5. Hi Maria,

    I tried out your recipe today and it turned out really tasty. Really appreciate your effort for such a wonderful blog… truly amazing…


    • Hi Sunitha,

      Thanks a lot dear for the wonderful feedback :) Glad that you liked the curry.

      Please try other recipes also when you have time…


  6. Maria, i have been foloowing your blog on and off. But i could not stay away from thanking you for this wonderful recipe. I tried this for the first time yesterday and my husband loved it. Being a vegetarian i mostly cook veg dishes and not an expert in Non- veg cooking. But now i can proudly say i can cook fish curry. Also your kerala style chicken curry absolutely love it. It is spot on. It is always difficult to find recipes to follow exactly. Because most of them adjust the flavours according to their choice. And i cant do the same with non-veg dishes. Thank you again so much.

    • Hi Veena,

      Thank you so much for taking time to leave a comment here. Appreciate it so much :)

      Glad to know that you find the recipes here suiting to your taste.


  7. hi maria,

    its been quite some time i have been trying your receipies, fish wasn’t my cup of tea all this while, but i tried ur fish molly, mappas and today red fish curry . i have no words for these wonderful recipes specially red fish curry, its just yummy…… sorry for commenting so late….

    • Hi Rashmi,

      Thanks for such a lovely comment :). I’m really happy that you liked the fish recipes here.

      Btw, no need for sorry n all :)


  8. Hi,

    i tried this curry came out great..thanks fro the recipie..but the only thing is i made exactly the way you mentioned bt did not get the colour as in your picture..

    • Hi Reethi

      Happy to know that you liked the curry, thanks a lot for letting me know about it.

      Regarding the colour of the curry, I think its because of the chilli powder I use. My mom in law sends me home made chilli powder, which gives very good color to the curries.

      Please try making it with kashmiri chilli powder, I guess it will give more color to the fish curries.

      Take care

      • @Maria,
        Does the coconut paste get sort of fried in the oil? Does the raw taste go?
        Would it be a good idea to add a piece of beet root to give the red colour.

        • Hi Lata,

          The coconut has to be cooked for a few minutes for the raw taste to go, but it doesnt have to be fried well.

          I am not sure about adding beetroot to fish curry. beetroot has a sweet taste right? I havent tried it yet.


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