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Mangalorean Fish Curry

Fish curry & rice is a staple meal in most homes in the coastal town of Mangalore. Here is an absolute basic recipe that suits almost all kinds of fish that are popularly eaten in and around Mangalore. This is a fairly easy recipe as it takes less than 25-30 minutes to put together and is a lot healthier than other recipes as oil is very minimally used.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mangalorean
Keyword Fish Curry
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


  • 1/2 kg fish cleaned & cut into slices

For the Masala:

  • 3/4 th cup grated coconut
  • 4-5 dry red chillies preferably bedgi variety
  • 3-4 peppercorns
  • 1 marble size ball of tamarind
  • 1 medium sized onion
  • 4 flakes garlic
  • 1 tablespoon coriander seeds
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon fenugreek seeds methi

For Seasoning:

  • 1 small onion finely sliced
  • 1 inch piece ginger finely chopped


  • Grind all the ingredients for the masala with a little water. Leave it a little coarse
  • Clean the fish & wash it well with salt & turmeric & put it in a colander so that the water gets drained well
  • Heat oil & fry the chopped ginger & onion for seasoning
  • When the onion turns golden brown add the masala & fry till the raw smell is gone
  • Add a little water to make a gravy of medium thickness. Dont add too much water as the fish will leave some water making the gravy too thin
  • Boil the gravy & then add the fish pieces. Let this cook for about 1 minute on medium flame
  • Turn off the flame & garnish with a little chopped coriander leaves (optional)