Feb 4, 2011

Kerala Fish Curry

Kerala Fish Curry (without coconut paste and with Kudampuli)

Note: You can use this recipe for any fish variety . Allow the curry to stand for at least 2 hours before serving so that the gravy absorbs all the flavors.

Serves: 4

You will need

350 g ( 12 pieces, medium size fish pieces ( seer fish / pomfret )
1 tablespoon oil
5 shallot / chuvannulli / piyyavu or 1 onion, very finely sliced
1 green chilli, slit lengthwise
1 - inch piece ginger, finely sliced
8 cloves garlic, finely sliced
1 spring fresh curry leaves ( dark green color )
3 big size kudampuli or 4 medium size ( soak in 1/4 cup water for 1 hour and mix with 1/4 teaspoon salt )
3 teaspoon Kashmiri red chilli powder
1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
1 teaspoon salt ( or to taste )
125 ml ( 1 1/4 cup ) water
50 ml thick coconut milk ( optional )


Wash and clean fish pieces. Finally, wash with rocksalt ( kallup ) until you get a clear water. Drain out water completely and keep aside.

Dilute red chilli powder and turmeric powder in 2 tablespoon water.

Heat oil in a pan or meen chatty. Add finely sliced shallot / chuvannulli / piyyavu or onion. Fry till golden brown in color on a medium heat.

Add sliced ginger, garlic, curry leaves and slit green chilli. Saute for 3 - 4 minutes.

Add diluted red chilli powder and turmeric powder. Mix all the ingredients well for 5 minutes or until the water dries up from red chilli powder - turmeric solution and the mixture thickens.

Add and arrange fish pieces and kudampuli carefully.

Add 125 ml water and salt to taste. Cover with a lid and cook on a medium heat for 10 - 12 minutes or until done and gravy thickens / bright red color. Serve with Rice / Kappa ( tapioca ) / Palappam.

You can add 50 ml thick coconut milk ( optional ) and it reduces the spicy taste and also make a creamy gravy.


Priya said...

Slurp both curry and fish fry makes me hungry..

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