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Kerala Fish Curry

Kerala Fish Curry

This Kerala Fish curry is how my mom makes fish curry at home. While I realize that all homes will have varied recipes this is a very simple Kerala Fish curry recipe and I am sure you will love it as well once you make it.

Fish cooked in coconut gravy


  • Fish (1/2 kg)
  • Trumeric powder (1/2 tsp)
  • Salt (1 tsp)
  • Grated coconut(1/2 coconut)
  • Curry leaves(few)
  • Kodampully/Tamil tamarind/ tamarind (3 soaked in water)
  • Red chilly powder(1 tsp)
  • Coriander powder(2 tbsp)
  • Water as required
  • Curry leaves along with twigs (2)
  • Green chilly (1, split into half)


  1. In a small bowl, soak Kodampully and keep it aside.
  2. Marinate the fish in salt and turmeric and keep it aside.
  3. In a wok, add grated coconut, curry leaves and saute till it turns light golden in color in slow flame.
  4. Once the aroma of the coconut start to spread, switch off the flame and add chilly powder & coriander powder and saute well till the aroma of the spices spread.
  5. Add water in the mixture and make a smooth paste.
  6. Heat the same wok, add the paste and add water to make it a curry consistency.
  7. Add marinated fish, Kodampully/Tamil tamarind/ tamarind, curry leaves twigs, green chilly and bring it to boil.
  8. Once the curry comes to a boil, slow the flame and let the fish cook in the curry.
  9. After 5 to 7 minutes, the fish will be cooked and become tender. Switch off the flame.

Kerala fish curry is ready to be served with steamed rice. Enjoy!

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