Kerala Style Fish Curry and Fish Fry -Nimmy Jose

Kerala Style Fish Curry and Fish Fry -Nimmy Jose

Preparation time:  20 min.

Cooking time          : 30 min.

Serving Size            : 4

Kerala Fish Curry


  • 10-12 Fish pieces (Any fish)
  • Kashmiri chilli powder – 2 table spoon
  • Desi chilli powder -1/2 table spoon
  • Turmeric powder – A small pinch
  • Kokum – 2-3 pieces
  • Ginger – 1 medium piece
  • Garlic – 5-6 pieces
  • Onion – 1 medium
  • Curry leaves
  • Fenugreek powder / seeds – ½ tea spoon
  • Mustard seeds – ½ tea spoon
  • Oil – 3 table spoon
  • Salt – To taste


  • Soak Kokum in 1 cup water .
  • Mix both chilli powder .
  • Heat a pan and add chilli powder . Roast till it turns maroon in colour.
  • Cut ginger, garlic and onion in small pieces.
  • Grind roasted chilli powder, 1/4th of ginger and garlic, and half of  onion by adding a little water
  • Make a good paste of it and keep it aside.
  • Heat the kadai and add oil.
  • Add mustard seeds and fenugreek seeds.
  • Add chopped onion, ginger and garlic.
  • Once it starts to turn golden in colour, add the chilli paste to it.
  • Add 1 cup water and let it to boil.
  • When it start to boil, add kokum and thereafter the fish pieces .
  • Add more water . Make sure that the water level should be just above the fish, so that you will get a thick gravy.
  • Add curry leaves and salt to taste.
  • Allow to boil. It takes 15 -20 minutes to cook.
  • If you like the taste of coconut oil, you can add 1 table spoon of coconut oil to the curry when it boil.
  • Fish curry is ready now. Allow the curry to get settle for 1 hour for proper mix of the spices.
  • Kindly remember to remove the Kokum after some time.
  • Serve the curry with rice, appam or tawa roti.