Kerala cuisine is full of variety recepie and the point to be noted is that one particular recepie can be modified and made in different ways. Like say fish curry; it’s prepared in many different ways like using coconut paste, with pot tamarind,dry roasting coconut with spices and making paste of it,spicy red fish curry and so on. The list goes on. One such popular recepie is the one which I had made today.
The gravy is purely coconut paste with spices and tamarind pulp gives a tangy tint to the gravy and ripe tomatoes and drumsticks add one more flavour to this recepie.
Let’s checkout the detailed recepie below
Preparation time: 10 mins
Cooking time: 45 mins
- Fish : 1/2 kg cut into pieces
- Grated coconut: 1 n 1/2 cup
- Dry red chillies: 3 to 4
- Onions: 1 finely sliced
- Tomatoes: 1 roughly chopped
- Shallots: 7 to 8
- Drumstick: 10 to 12 pieces
- Ginger: 1 tsp crushed
- Green chillies: 4 slit
- Curry leaves: few
- Tamarind: 1 lemon size
- Fenugreek seeds: 1/ 4 tsp
- Mustard Seeds: 1 tsp
- Turmeric powder: 1 tsp
- Red chilli powder: 1 tsp
- Salt: for taste
- Coconut oil: 4 tbsp
- Grind together fresh grated coconut,pinch of fenugreek seeds,shallots,dry red chillies, turmeric powder and Red Chilli Powder with enough water into fine paste.
- Heat oil in Meenchatti / earthern wok, add sliced onions,green chillies and crushed ginger. Saute till onions turns soft and translucent.
- Add the ground coconut paste and salt and cover and cook for 5 to 7 mins.
- Add drumsticks and chopped tomatoes and cook for another 5 mins.
- Soak a lemon size tamarind in warm water and add this to the gravy. Add enough water to adjust the consistency.
- Cover and cook. When it starts boiling add in the fish pieces.
- Cook on high flame for 5 to 7 mins and simmer on medium to low flame for 15 to 20 mins.
- Switch off the flame and for tempering heat oil in a pan,add mustard seeds,let it splutter. Add finely chopped shallots and curry leaves and saute till the onions turn brown.
- Pour this on the fish gravy . Keep it covered for sometime before serving.
- Fish curry tastes better when made in Meenchatti/ earthern wok.
- You can add unripe mangoes or dried mangoes to the gravy.
- Prepare it few hours before and keep it aside,this gives more flavour and taste to the gravy.