Fish Curry

"This is the favorite fish curry dish from the eastern part of India. I learned this recipe from my mother-in-law, who is a master in cooking this recipe. I have to practice it 3-4 times to achieve perfection. Try this curry with plain steamed rice--you'll love it."
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  • In a grinder grind the onions, ginger, 2 bay leaves, red chili, mustard seeds, cumin seed all together.
  • Preserve some cut pieces 1 cup) of onion.
  • Cut small pieces of tomatoes.
  • Make small pieces of fish fillets, about 3 inches in length.
  • Clean them properly if you are using the whole fish and make it into small pieces.
  • Take a big plate, put the fish in it and sprinkle 2 teaspoon of salt, two teaspoon of turmeric powder and the garlic paste.
  • Mix all of them properly.
  • Allow to marinate for 1/2 hour.
  • Take a pan or a wok (preferable), heat it and put oil to deep fry the fish.
  • Once the oil is much hotter, fry the fish, 3-4 pieces at a time, 3-4 minutes on each side.
  • Keep all of them in a separate plate.
  • When all the pieces are fried, clean all the black residues from the oil in the wok with the spatula and put 2 tablespoon of fresh oil in the it.
  • Then put a pinch of cumin seed, a pinch of mustard seed, 2 red chili, 2 bay leaves, a pinch of aniseed (all together is called panch-phoran) and allow them to splutter.
  • Then put the cut onion pieces and allow it to just a little brown.
  • Then put all the ground paste,tomatoes,left over turmeric powder and salt to taste.
  • Keep stirring it until the paste becomes a little brown (it takes around 10 minutes).
  • You can also identify it by looking at the wok, that the paste will start leaving the oil and paste will now no more stick on the wok.
  • The paste is now perfectly fried.
  • Now pour 3 cups of water to it, or as much thick gravy you want.
  • Once the gravy comes to boil, start dropping the fried fish pieces and allow to boil for 15 minutes.
  • Switch off the gas.
  • Use coriander leaf for garnishing.
  • This dish should be served with fresh steamed rice and squeeze some lime some juice on top.

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  1. Happy Little Vegemi
    The ingredients in this recipe were fine... its just the quanities that I had problems with. If I were to make it again I would have to halve the mustard seeds, tumeric and salt. As it was so potent from this that I couldnt eat it. I also added a can of diced tomatoes.
  2. sophy
    great recipe, thanks for posting. i did my fish curry in a pure-clay pot and didn't have to marinate the fish because of the unique form of heat in these pots, no need for marination. Food cooks very well even without. After searching high and low i found Miriams earthen cookware pots on line . Food cooks great in these pots very healthy too.
  3. vin and fromage
    This is an excellent fish curry full of delicious spicy flavours. My only criticism is the quantity of salt used 3 tablespoons is rather excessive especially to someone on a low salt diet! We have cooked it several times now and have reduced the salt considerably and it still works well.
  4. sshenoy131
    This is an awesome recipe. Came out so tasty ! Thanks for the recipe :)
  5. misstee1121
    I made this for my husband and son. It smelled delicious as I was preparing it and cooking it, although the flavor was not really to my liking. I tweaked it just a bit to better suit my taste (added more salt and used a store bought curry powder as well) but it was at least a good base to start with. I served it over basmati rice and put fresh thinly sliced white onion on top. If I make it again I will definately grind all of the whole seeds or just use already ground spices. It seemed a bit seedy to me.


I am an Indian from a middle class family.I was the youngest in my family and never needed to cook a fabulous meal myself. But after marriage,things are not the same.My husband has a very refined taste buds and he is very fond of top class food.So these days I am just experimenting lots of new dishes and trying to please my husband..My mother-in-law is also a great cook,and though i didn't get a chance to live with her for long time,but I am sure I'll disappoint her a lot in this respect as not being that good at cooking ,is my weekest point. So when ever I cook some thing great ,which my husband loves,that is my best day.
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