Kerala Style Fish Curry Recipe

Kerala Style Fish Curry Recipe is very widely consumed in Kerala, made of sardine fish spiced in gravy. This is served as a side with rice or rotis.

Yeleena Thomas
Kerala Style Fish Curry Recipe
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Kerala Style Fish Curry Recipe is very widely consumed in Kerala. It is a simple curry which requires very less and day to day ingredients. The best thing about this recipe is it can be used for any type of fish ranging from Sardine, Mackerel, Pomfret, Tuna, King Fish, Seer Fish, etc. This curry goes best with Mashed Tapioca (Kappa) and Rice or with roti.

Did you know: Sardines contain energy, protein, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, sodium and zinc. Vitamins in sardines include thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B6, folate, vitamin B12, A, D, E and vitamin K. Sardines are good for kids and pregnant women.

Serve Kerala Style Fish Curry Recipe along with Steamed Rice and Rava Fried Prawns for a weekday meal.

If you like this recipe, you can also try other Kerala Recipes that you can make for your everyday meals:

  1. Kerala Cheriya Ulli Sambar Recipe
  2. Kerala Style Egg Roast Recipe (Curry)
  3. Kerala Style Jackfruit Seeds Stir Fry Recipe

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Cuisine: Kerala Recipes
Course: Lunch
Diet: High Protein Non Vegetarian
Equipments Used: Hard Anodised Kadai (Wok)
Prep in

10 M

Cooks in

30 M

Total in

40 M


4 Servings


  • 1/2 kg Fish , (I have used sardine cleaned and cut)
  • Tamarind Water , extract from a big lemon sized tamarind
  • 2 Shallots , finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons Coconut Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Mustard seeds (Rai/ Kadugu)
  • 2 sprig Curry leaves
  • Salt , to taste
  • 10 cloves Garlic , split length-wise
  • 1 tablespoon Ginger Garlic Paste
  • 2 tablespoons Kashmiri Red Chilli Powder
  • 1 tablespoon Coriander Powder (Dhania)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Methi Powder (Fenugreek Powder)

How to make Kerala Style Fish Curry Recipe

  1. To begin making Kerala Style Fish Curry Recipe, firstly clean and cut fishes.

  2. Take a small bowl and add red chilli powder, coriander powder and fenugreek powder with little water to make slurry. Keep it aside.

  3. Heat coconut oil in clay pot earthenware. (If you don’t have one use non-stick kadai)

  4. Once hot, crackle mustard seeds. Now add chopped shallots and garlic. Sauté them until translucent or for about 2-3 minutes.

  5. After 2 to 3 minutes, add the curry leaves. Once they sizzle, add the ginger-garlic paste. Sauté it till the raw smell leaves.

  6. Now, add the chilli coriander fenugreek mixture. Let it cook for about 2 minutes.

  7. Now, add 2 cups of water and bring to a boil. Add the tamarind water, salt and fish pieces.

  8. Let it cook for 15 minutes. Just give it a slight shake at regular intervals or use the spoon to slowly move the fish pieces around. This is crucial step since the fish being delicate may break if stirred heavily.

  9. Kerala style Fish Curry Recipe is ready to enjoy. Serve Kerala Style Fish Curry Recipe along with Steamed Rice and Rava Fried Prawns for a weekday meal.