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Fish Curry Malabar

A very popular seafood dish in Kerala. Well known for it's taste and name.


Serves 4 to 5


As necessary                        Cooking Oil


Ingredients (A)

1 teaspoon                            Mustard Seed

1 sprig                                   Curry Leaves


Ingredients (B)

1 piece                                  Green Chilli (sliced)

50 grams                              Onion (finely sliced)


Ingredients (C)

6 tablespoons                      Fish Curry Powder

1 cup                                    Water (mix with the powder above)

3 sprigs                                Pandan / Screw pine Leaves

1 teaspoon                          Ginger (paste)

1 teaspoon                          Garlic (paste)


Ingredients (D)

As necessary                      Salt

1 teaspoon                          Chicken Powder

1 tablespoon                       Tomato Sauce

30 grams                             Tamarind Paste

150 ml                                 Thick Coconut Milk

As necessary                      Water


Ingredients (E)

500 grams                           Fresh Fish Fillet


Ingredients (F)

2 pieces                              Tomatoes (cut into 4)



1. Cut the fish into pieces (2 inches each), then soak and wash the fish with salt to remove the fishy smell.

2. Mix the tamarind paste in the Ingredient (D), with water and remove the seeds, then leave aside.

3. Heat the oil in a cooking pot.

4. Add in the, Ingredients (A), and fry till fragrant.

5. Then add in the Ingredients (B), and fry till light brown.

6. Then add in the Ingredients (C), then reduce the flame and fry it till fragrant and oily.

7. Then add in the Ingredients (D), and simmer it well.

8. If preferred add in extra tamarind juice and coconut milk according to your own preference.

9. Add in the Ingredients (E), and simmer it for 6 to 8 minutes in normal flame.

10. Add in salt and water if its necessary.

11. Finish it off, with Ingredients (F). Cover the pot and leave it for 2 minutes or so.


* If preferred, you can fry the vegetable and add it in with Ingredients (F).

* Sprig: means a single stem of a plant with leaves on it.

* Beware of the flame, different stoves have different degree of control.

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Fish Curry Malabar.