Chettinad fish curry without coconut – 2

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Fish                   – 1 kg

Onion chopped    – 2 Nos

Tomatoes chopped – 4 medium

Garlic chopped        –   10 pods

Green chillies, slit      –    2 Nos

Tamarind                   – a small lemon sized

Mustard seeds             –  1/2 tsp

Urad dal                        – 1 tsp

Red chilli powder    – 1 1/2 tsp

Turmeric powder    –  1/4tsp

Curry leaves


Dry roast and grind
Dry red chillies           –  2 tsp

Coriander seeds          – 4 tsp

Pepper                         – 2 tsp

Fenugreek seeds             – 1 tsp

Cumin seeds                  – 1 tsp

Fennel seeds                     – 1 tsp

Toor dal                          – 2 tbsp

Curry leaves

Dry roast dry red chilli, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, fennel seeds, fenugreek, pepper, toor dal, and curry leaves. Now grind them. Keep the ground paste aside to use later in the curry. 
Soak tamarind in water to extract tamarind water and set aside. 
Clean and cut fish into pieces. Heat oil in a pan, splutter mustard seeds, urad dal and curry leaves. Now add onion. Cook till translucent. Add garlic and green chillies. Saute for a minute. Add chopped tomatoes and cook them till they get mashed up. When the oil starts to float on the surface, add turmeric powder, red chilli powder, salt and ground paste. Saute them well. Now add tamarind water. Add 2 cups of water. Mix well. When it starts to boil, add fish pieces. Close the lid and cook for 5-10 minutes. When the fish is cooked and the oil appears on top, switch off the stove. Serve hot with rice and chapathi. 

17 thoughts on “Chettinad fish curry without coconut – 2”

  1. Lovely lovely fish curry, the fresh ground masala always adds a special taste and flavor to the fish curry…

  2. Looks yummy and delicious!!
    I love the fact that Chettinad cuisines follow certain rule and hence taste the same anywhere it is prepared!!
    Very authentic!

  3. I am a great fan of fish curry..heard a lot about chettinad fish curries..your fish curry looks great and tempting.

  4. Hello, Good thing you limited oil in this dish. Healthy dish indeed. I am sure it will taste wonderful. Will surely persuade the 'chefs' here to try this recipe asap.

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  5. Very nice! great with some of the Indian curry paste I brought back from NW India and we made this here in Vietnam with some of the local salmon and avocado (on the side). Yummy! As someone who works and lives international I can't get enough Indian curries – thanks for the help!


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