Fish Curry

Mangalorean Fish Curry is a beautiful fusion of coastal flavors, aromatic spices, and a tangy tamarind base that leaves you craving for more. The star ingredient, of course, is the freshest catch of the day, typically a firm-fleshed fish like pomfret, kingfish, or mackerel.

Coconut plays a crucial role here, adding a creamy texture and a hint of sweetness to balance the spices.

My grandmother would make one of the best fish curries. My sister, being a lover of seafood, one day watched the preparation and also measured the ingredients going into it (My grandmother would take ingredients by hand – a little of this & a little of that!). That’s how I got this recipe. It has always been a hit whenever I cooked it!

Mangalorean Fish Curry

Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian, Mangalorean
Keyword: Curry, Fish
Servings: 6 persons
Author: Bhagya Suvarna


Ingredients for Masala Paste

  • 500 Gms Black / White Pomfret Cleaned and cut into slices
  • 3/4 Cup Grated Fresh Coconut
  • 5 Nos Byadgi Dry Red Chilli
  • 3 Nos Madras Dry Red Chilli
  • 1 Tbsp Coriander Seeds
  • 1/4 Tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 1/2 Tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 5 Nos Fenugreek Seeds
  • 1 Small Pinch Carom Seeds Optional
  • 3 Nos Pepper Corns
  • 5 Tsp Tamarind Paste Increase / Decrease as per your preference
  • 5 Flakes Garlic
  • 1/2 No Onion
  • 1 Sprig Curry Leaves
  • 1 Tbsp Coconut Oil
  • Salt to taste

For the Seasoning

  • 1/2 No Onion Finely Chopped
  • 5 Nos Green Chillies Chopped
  • 2 Inch Ginger Finely Sliced
  • 1 Tbsp Coconut Oil


To make the curry paste

  • Heat oil in a pan and fry dry chiilies, coriander seeds, mustard seeds, cumin seeds, fenugreek seeds, carom seeds and pepper corns. Keep aside
  • In the same pan add more oil and fry the onions along with the garlic and curry leaves. Fry until the onions turns slightly brown in colour.
  • Next slightly roast the grated coconut. Let all the spices come to room temperature
  • In a grinder add the spices and onion mixture and grind to a fine powder. Next, add the grated coconut along with the tamarind paste and grind to a fine paste, adding water as required.

Cooking the Curry

  • In a pan pour in the coconut oil and add the curry leaves, ginger and green chillies. Saute for a few seconds and add the onion. Saute for some time.
  • Add the curry paste and mix well. adjust the thickness of the gravy by adding water. Add salt to taste and bring the mixture to a boil.
  • After it comes to a boil gently add the fish slices. Make sure the fish has been covered with the curry paste. Integrate well. Do not stir or use the spatula as the fish may break.
  • Once the fish is cooked through, remove it from the stove.
  • This curry tastes best with boiled rice along with some salad.
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