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Malabar fish curry with coconut

Malabar fish curry with coconut
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Kerala cuisine
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Jinoo Jayakrishnan
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  • 4-5 small dried kokum
  • 6-7 medium sized fish pieces - sliced
  • 1 cup shallots
  • 5-6 cloves garlic
  • 1 inch ginger
  • 1/8 cup coriander seeds
  • 6-7 dry red chilli
  • 1/8 cup coocnut pieces
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/8 tsp fenugreek seeds
  • 1/2 cup chopped onions
  • 2 medium long green chilli - broken
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • salt to taste


  • Soak the kokum in 1 cup water for 15 min.
  • Heat oil, Put in Shallots, Ginger, Garlic, Coriander seeds, Red chilli and coconut. Fry everything until the shallots turn brown and grind them to a fine paste.
  • crackle mustard seeds and fenugreek seeds. Add in chopped onions and fry well. add broken green chilli and fry well.
  • Now to this, add the ground masala and mix well.
  • Soaked kokum added along with the water used for soaking.
  • Add turmeric powder, salt and mix well. close and cook for 5 min.
  • Open and put in fish pieces and cook in simmer while giving a gentle swirl in between.
  • close and cook for 5 more minutes or until the fish is cooked and let it sit in pot for at least an hour before you serve.