Monday, August 30, 2010

KERALA FISH CURRY ( using kudampuli)


Fish ----------------------  1 medium sized fish ,cleaned and cut in large pieces
Kudampuli-------------- 2 pieces ( dip it in warm water)
Red onion--------------  1 medium sliced
Small onion ----------- 6 sliced
Tomato----------------- 1 medium sized cut in to 4
Ginger -----------------  2 inch sliced thinly lengthwise
Garlic ------------------  1 tbsp sliced lengthwise
Green chilly-----------  3 sliced length wise
Fenugreek seeds-----  1/2 tsp
Cumin seeds-----------  1/4 tsp
Red chilly powder----  1 tsp or to taste
Coriander powder---- 1tbsp
Turmeric powder----   1/4 tsp
Fish masala powder-- 1 tbsp
Coconut oil-------------  2 tbsp
Mustard seeds-------   l tsp
Curry leaves as needed
Cilantro for garnish

  1. In a medium heat vessel , add a tbsp of oil and saute the red onion till it turns to light golden brown.
  2. Then add ginger and garlic . When a nice flavour comes add red chilly powder, coriander powder and turmeric powder. Add little water so that the spices won't get burned.
  3. Grind this to a smooth paste and keep it aside.
  4. Now in a medium heat vessel add a tbsp of oil and splutter mustard seeds. Then add cumin seeds, fenu greek seeds and curry leaves.
  5. Then add the small onions and Green chilly and saute it.
  6. Next add tomatoes and saute it
  7. Then pour in the ground masala and stir.
  8. Next add the kudam puli with its water.
  9. Add needed salt and fish masala powder and cook it.
  10. Once half done add the fish pieces and slow cook it. Don't stir after adding fish as the fish pieces would break.
  11. Check the seasonings.
  12. Once done, pour it to a serving bowl and garnish with curry leaves and cilantro.

  • Traditionally, fish curry is made in earthen clay pots which brings out extra taste.
  • Other names of kudampuli are  Garcinia Cambogia, Garcinia gummi-gutta, Kerala Tamarind, Brindal berry, Malabar Tamarind, Gambooge.
  • Also, the fish curry curry tastes better if its slow cooked.
  • This goes excellent with boiled tapioca, rice etc.
  • You can use any fish. I used Catfish in this post.

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