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kottayam fish curry recipe

Kerala style fish curry recipe without coconut
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Kerala cuisine
Keyword: fish recipes, non veg recipes
Servings: 4 people
Author: Jinoo Jayakrishnan
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for spice mix paste

  • 1/8 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 4 tsp coriander powder
  • 2 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 pinch food color
  • 1 tsp pepper powder
  • 1/2 tsp coconut oil
  • 2-3 tbsp water

for curry

  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp fenugreek seeds
  • 1/4 tsp asafoetida
  • 1/2 cup small onion - sliced
  • 4-5 no birds eye chilli - or 1-2 slit green chillies
  • 2 tsp crushed ginger garlic
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • 5-6 no fish tamarind/kudampuli
  • salt to taste
  • 6-7 medium sized fish pieces - any variety


  • Mix everything given under "for spice mix paste" to a thick paste. Keep the bowl aside until use.
  • wash and soak the fish tamarind in water for 15 minutes.
  • Heat coconut oil in a mud pot and crackle mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds and asafoetida.
  • further, add sliced small onions, chilies, curry leaves, crushed ginger garlic and fry till slightly brown.
  • Add the prepared paste into the pot and fry for a couple of minutes.
  • pour in the soaked tamarind along with the water used for soaking.
  • add more water if needed along with salt. mix well.
  • let it boil for 5-10 minutes.
  • gently drop the clean fish pieces. mix once. close cook for 5-10 minutes or until fish is soft.
  • discard few tamarind rinds based on tanginess of the curry.
  • serve after few hours.