Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Fish Curry

Red Snapper in tangy tamarind gravy ! This is a south Indian Style gravy , it is spicy, thick and tangy. We serve /eat fish curry with steamed rice. In my Husband's family, it is served with appam or dosa.


  • 500 Grams Red Snapper (or any fish of your choice) cut into 1 inch lengthwise pieces ( I used red snapper head)
  • 2 Tablespoon Sesame Seed Oil
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Mustard Seeds
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Fenugreek seeds
  • 1 Sprig of curry leaves
  • 5 Garlic cloves crushed and then chopped finely
  • 2 Tablespoon Coriander poweder
  • 1 Teaspoon Red Chilli powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Turmeric Powder
  • 1/2 Cup Tamarind Extract
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 Tablespoon Chopped cilantro leaves for garnish

For Roasting and Grinding

  • 1 Teaspoon Vegetable Oil
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Cumin Seeds
  • 1 Teaspoon Black Pepper corns
  • 10 Shallots peel remove skin and wash
  • 1 Large ripe tomato chopped roughly
  • 1 Green chilli


1. In a pan, heat oil for roasting. When the oil is hot, add cumin seeds, black pepper corns and Green Chilli. When they splutter add onions and fry on medium flame for 2 minutes. Then add chopped tomatoes and fry until tomatoes are soft. Remove from the pan and add it to a food processor. Let the ingredients cool completely. Then grind it to a smooth puree and set aside



2. In the same pan. add sesame seed oil. When the oil is hot , add mustard seeds. When they splutter, add fenugreek seeds and curry leaves
3. When the curry leaves turn crispy, add crushed garlic and fry on low flame just until garlic starts changing color. Do not brown / burn garlic
4. Add the puree we prepared at step number 1 to the pan and fry well for 5 minutes
5. Add coriander powder, chill powder, turmeric powder along with 1/4 cup water and sautee the masala well for 5 to 7 minutes until the raw smell goes
6. Then add tamarind extract and salt and simmer for 10 minutes
7. Check seasoning. If the gravy is too sour, add little water and salt
8. Now add fish pieces and using a spoon immerse the fish pieces inside the gravy. Cook the fish in the gravy for 3 minutes



9. Switch off the flame and garnish with chopped cilantro leaves



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