Chettinad fish curry

  • Fish                          – 1 kg
  • Tamarind (valanpuli) – one lemon sized ball
  • Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Coriander leaves 
  • Salt to taste
  • Tomato                 – 1 no: (just to add and not to grind)
  • Curry leaves
  • Coriander powder – 2 tsp
  • Chilli powder         – 4 tsp
  • Fennel seeds (perinjeerakam) – 1 tsp
  • Coconut – 1/2 cup

Tomato chopped – 2 nos
Onion chopped – 1 no
Oil – 1 tsp

Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
shallots – 1/4 cup
Garlic – 8 cloves

Soak tamarind and sieve the tamarind water. Cut fish into pieces.

Heat oil in a manchatti/earthern pot, crackle mustard seeds. When they start to pop up, saute shallots, garlic and curry leaves. When the shallots starts to turn brown in colour, add the ground ingredients from (TO GRIND). Saute them well. Now add ingredients from (TO SAUTE AND GRIND). Now add chopped tomatoes. Now add water as required, tamarind water, salt, fish pieces and keep them for 5 minutes in high heat. When it starts to boil, lower the heat and cook for another 10-15 minutes depending on the fish you are using. Decorate with coriander leaves.

This fish curry has a thick and creamy gravy and Kingfish goes well with the curry.

10 thoughts on “Chettinad fish curry”

  1. Oh Wow! Fennel seeds in fish curry is new to me. Will give this a try.

    This is my first time in your blog and I already love it.


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