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Different Fish Tastes of Kerala

Different Fish Tastes of Kerala




Kerala Fish Curry


400 gms fish pieces
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 tsp chopped ginger
2 tbsp tamarind pulp
1/2 cup coconut milk
1/2 cup fresh grated coconut
2 dry red chili
1 tsp red chili powder
1 tbsp soaked rice
1 tsp cumin seeds
2 tsp coriander seeds
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
2 tbsp oil
Salt To Taste

How to make kerala fish curry:

* Apply salt, turmeric powder and red chili powder to the fish pieces and keep aside for 15 minutes.
* Lightly roast cumin and coriander seeds. Mix with dry red chillies, soaked rice and grated coconut.
* Grind it to a smooth paste. Soak tamarind in half a cup of hot water. Heat oil in a pan.
* Add chopped onions and chopped ginger. Cook on a high flame till onions are golden brown. Stir in fish pieces and add 2 cups of water.
* Bring it to a boil. Stir in coconut and spice paste. Mash tamarind dissolved in water to make a pulp.
* Strain and add to the gravy. Simmer for 2 minutes and finish with coconut milk.
* Add fish pieces and cook on a medium flame for 7-8 minutes or till the fish is done.

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Kerala Fish Fry


1. Fish – Cleaned and sliced into thin pieces (7-8 pieces)
2. Ginger paste – 1 tbsp
3. Garlic paste – 1 tbsp
4. Red Chilly Powder – 1 tbsp
5. Turmeric Powder – 1/2 tsp
6. Fish Masala Powder – 2 tsp
7. Black Pepper Powder – 1/2 tsp
8. Fenugreek Powder (Uluva podi) – 1/4 tsp
9. Lemon juice – 1 tbsp
10. Salt – to taste
11. Oil – As needed (for shallow frying)

Preparation Method

1. Marinate the fish with all the above ingredients.
2. Refrigerate it for 30 mins.
3. Take a non-stick Frying Pan and pour 3-4 tbsp of oil.
4. Shallow fry the fish for around 10-15 minutes till it is properly fried on both sides.


1. You may substitute lemon juice with vinegar.
2. You can also add 2 tbsps of curd along with the other ingredients and marinate the fish. It will give a better taste.

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Kerala Fish Thoran


Fish diced – 1 cup
Turmeric – 1
Kudampuli – 1 piece
Cumin seed – 1 pinch
Red chilli seeds – 1/4 teaspoon
Garlic – 4
Grated coconut – 3/4 cup
Coconut oil – 4 teaspoon
Mustard seeds – 1 teaspoon
Rice – 1 teaspoon
Curry leaves – 2 sprigs
Dry red chilli – 2
Onion – 1/2
Green chilli – 2
Ginger – 1 piece
Egg – 1
Salt – to taste


Boil the fish slices with kudampuli, salt and water. Then make it into small flakes with mashing. Make a paste of turmeric, cumin seeds, chilli seeds and garlic, grated coconut by grinding. Take some water and mix it with this paste. Take a pan and place the paste in the middle of the pan and cover it with the fish flakes. Cover it with a lid and allow it to cook. Stir it well and make it dry. Take some oil in another pan and pop mustard seeds. Also add rice, curry leaves and dry chillies to it. Then add the chopped onion pieces and saute them. Add green chillies and ginger pieces. Add this to the prepared fish and stir them well. Now pour an egg beaten finely and then mix it well. Add salt to taste and cook till all the water gets absorbed properly.

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Fish Pollichathu

Ingredients for Seer Fish/Surmai Fish Pollichathu 
Seer fish/Ney Meen – 250g(cleaned, washed and drained)
Ginger(finely chopped) – 1 tsp
Garlic(finely chopped) – 1 tsp
Onion(finely chopped) – 1 cup
Tomato(finely chopped) – 3/4 cup
Coccum water(Kudampuli) – 2 tsp
Lemon juice – 1 tsp
Red chilly powder – 1/2 tsp
Pepper powder – 1 tsp
Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
Aniseed powder(Saunf) – 1/4 tsp
Coconut milk – 1/2 cup
Water – 1/4 cup
Coconut oil – As reqd
Salt – As reqd
Banana leaf(Vazhayila) – As reqd


1)For preparing seer fish/vanchiram/arkoli fish pollichathu, first mix together red chilly powder, lemon juice, turmeric powder and required salt with some coconut oil and apply the mixture on both sides of seer fish. Keep the fish pieces aside for a few minutes.

2)Heat some oil in a frying pan and fry ginger, garlic and onion to a golden brown color.

3)Add tomato, red chilly powder, pepper powder, turmeric powder, saunf powder, little salt and saute well for a few minutes in simmer mode.

4)Add coccum water and little bit of water. Mix well and cover with a lid. Boil for a few minutes in low heat to drain off water.

5)Remove the lid and add coconut milk. Cook again in low heat until the gravy acquires a thick consistency. Switch off the flame.

6)Take a banana leaf and brush the inside with some coconut oil. Apply the thick gravy on both sides of the marinated fish.

7)Roll up each fish in a piece of banana leaf and fry(pollikaan) both sides for 8 minutes in a hot tawa smeared with some oil.

Open the banana leaf and enjoy the splendid taste of seer fish/surmai fish/vanchiram/arkoli fish pollichathu. Serve hot with a piece of lime and onion slices. 

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Kerala Style Baked Fish


1. Fish Fillets – 2 medium (I used Tilapia Fillets)
2. Turmeric
Powder – 1/4 tsp
3. Paprika/Kashmiri Chilly Powder – 2 tsp (Alter according to your spice tolerance)
4. Black Pepper Powder – 1/2 tsp
5. Fish Masala Powder – 1 tbsp (Optional) – I used Eastern Fish Masala Powder
6. Ginger
Powder – 1/2 tsp
7. Garlic Powder – 1/2 tsp
8. Lemon Juice – 1 tbsp
9. Salt – to taste

Preparation Method

1. Make a marinade using the above ingredients and apply it on the fish fillets. Refrigerate it for atleast one hour.
2. Preheat oven to 400 degree F (200 degree Celsius). Line a baking pan with Aluminum Foil and spray some cooking oil.
3. Place the fish fillets on the pan and bake uncovered for around 15 minutes. Turn the fillets carefully and bake for another10-20 minutes depending on how crisp you want your fish to be.
4. Be careful not to bake it for too long or else it will become dry.


* Make sure the fish fillets are not thin or else they will end up breaking or getting dried.
* You can also use 1 tbsp of Fresh Ginger Garlic Paste instead of Ginger & Garlic powders.

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Mango fish curry

1. Fish – ½ kg
2. Onion Chopped (small) – 6 no.s
3. Ginger chopped – ¼ tsp
4. Garlic – 1 no.
5. Fenugreek powder – ¼ tsp
6. Turmeric powder – ½ tsp
7. Chilli powder 3 teaspoon
8. Corriander powder – 1 teaspoon
9. 1 mango cut in to 2 inch pieces
10. Green chilli 2 no.s
11. Curry leaves – a few
12. Salt – to taste 

Preparation Method

1. Fry coconut in a pan.
2. When half of its done add onion, ginger and garlic till its smell goes.
3. Grind this ingrediants to paste.
4. Add sufficient water with this grinded paste and allow to boil with green chillies, turmeric powder, mangoes and curry leaves. Add salt and mix well.
5. Add cleaned fish when it is boiled and cook till its gravy become thick.
6. Finally add curryleaves.

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Meen Varutharachathu

1. Seer fish (Neymeen)-1/2 kg 
2. Grated coconut- 2 cups 
3. Button onion(sliced long)- 5 nos, coconut oil-one and a half spoon 
4. Chilly powder-3 small spoons,coriander powder-5 small spoons,turmeric powder-half a spoon, tamarind -lemon size 
5. Curry leaves-2 nos,fenugreek powder-half a spoon 
6. Tomato (cut into four)- 1 
7. Coconut oil- 2 small spoons 
8. Mustard- half a spoon 
9. Button Onion – 2 nos

Fry grated coconut crisply. When half fried, add coconut oil, button onion and tamarind.Add the fourth set of ingredients too before removing from fire.The roasted mix should be made into a smooth paste without adding water. Add one and a half cups of water to this paste and place it on fire. Put salt (as required) and fenugreek powder and curry leaves into it. Let it boil. As soon as it starts boiling, immerse the fish pieces and tomato into it. It should be cooked in slow fire. One the gravy gets thickened, remove it from fire. Season mustard in coconut oil with button onion and add it to the cooked fish curry.

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A Coastal Special Fish Curry from Kerala


To Boil Fish

3 medium size mackerel cleaned and cut into three (any kind of fish you can use)
1/2 cup water
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp chilly powder
1 tsp coriander powder

To Cook the gravy

2 tbsp coconut oil
4 cloves garlic,sliced
1 small onion sliced
1 piece ginger,chopped
1 green chilly,slit
2 pieces of coccum (depends on the sourness)
1/2 tsp garam masala
2 tsp coriander powder
1 tsp chilly powder
3/4 cup grated coconut,roasted and grind to a fine paste adding little water
curry leaves


* First, boil the water and add salt.Add all the powders mentioned in the 'boil fish ' section.Boil the spices in water for 2-3 minutes.

* Add fish pieces,and cook it in medium flame for 5-6 minutes or till it is cooked.Remove from the flame and keep along with the water if any.

* Now roast the coconut till brown and grind it smoothly adding little water.

* Heat coconut oil in another deep skillet/man chatty and add garlic slices. Sauté and add the chopped onion,ginger and green chilly. Sauté till the onion turns brown.

* Add coccum to this.Now mix in the garam masala,chilly and coriander powders along with coconut paste.Mix well.If it's too dry,you can add some water cleaning the grinder.Bring to a boil.

* Add curry leaves and now add the cooked fish along with the gravy to this .Simmer till the oil gathers over the top.Check the salt.

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