Big Dave’s Keralan Fish Curry – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Big Dave’s Keralan Fish Curry


Big Dave's Keralan Fish Curry
Big Dave's Keralan Fish Curry
Preparation Time
15 minutes
Cooking Time
20 minutes
three to four people


2 or 3 pieces of kudampuli (or some tamarind)
500g of king fish (or any similar white fish)
2 tsp salt
2 tsp turmeric
4 tbsp vegetable oil
1 large onion (or 2 medium), finely chopped
2 tsp Very Lazy garlic
2 tsp Very Lazy ginger
1 tsp Very Lazy red chillies (optional)
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp mustard seeds
50g coconut milk powder (or 400ml coconut milk)
1 tbsp fish stock
a few curry leaves
1 tsp dried coriander leaves
1 tsp dried fenugreek leaves


1. Place the kudampuli in water in a small bowl and leave to soak.

2. Cut the fish into bite-size pieces and put them into a bowl.  Rub in a teaspoon of salt and a teaspoon of turmeric.

3. Place the oil in a deep frying pan, add the onions and the other teaspoon of salt and fry for about 5 minutes.

4. Add the garlic, ginger, red chillies, cumin, mustard seeds and the other teaspoon of turmeric and fry for a further 2 or 3 minutes.

5. Place the coconut milk powder in a measuring jug and stir in about 400ml of warm water.  Add the kudampuli, together with the water in which it has been soaking , and the fish stock, and top up to about 500ml.

6. Add the jug of liquid to the pan, stirring all the time with a large spoon, add a few curry leaves and bring to the boil.

7. Add the fish to the hot sauce and cook for a few minutes, until tender.

8. Drain off the liquid into a sauce boat, remove the pieces of kudampuli, place the curry in a serving dish, and sprinkle with the coriander and fenugreek leaves.

9. Serve straight away with rice and naan bread.

Printable version of the recipe

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