Tasty Kollam fish curry

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  • Red Snapper / Chemballi fish : ½Kg
  • Green chilly : 5 nos (Vertically sliced)
  • Garlic : 7 cloves (Vertically sliced)
  • Onion : 1 medium sized (Vertically sliced)
  • Ginger : 2 inch piece (Chopped )
  • Curry leaves : 2 sprig
  • Tomato : 1 medium sized (Vertically sliced)
  • Mustard seeds :1 tsp
  • Grated coconut : 1½ cup
  • Turmeric powder : 1/4 tsp
  • Corainder powder : 1 tsp
  • Red chilly powder : ½ tsp
  • Shallot onion (Kochulli) : 1 no
  • Fenugreek powder : 1 pinch
  • Coconut oil : 2 tbsp
  • Salt : as needed

Have you ever tried Kollam fish curry? If not, definitely you should try this at least once. I love the fish curry prepared by mother for the breakfast dishes like Kerala AppamIdiyappamPathiri etc. This is an entirely different preparation from the usual fish curries which we serve with lunch / rice.

Kollam Fish curry preparation

  1. Clean and cut the fishes into small medium sized pieces.
  2. In an earthen pot, pour coconut oil and when it becomes hot splutter the mustard seeds.
  3. Add chopped ginger, garlic, green chillies and curry leaves and saute it.
  4. When the aroma goes add sliced onions and saute it till the onions becomes brown.
  5. Add the sliced tomato pieces and saute it.
  6. Grind grated coconut, turmeric powder, coriander powder, red chilly powder and shallot onion (Kochulli) along with one cup of water to a fine paste.
  7. Add the paste (#5) to the pot (#4).
  8. Add the fish pieces to the pot. Add water as needed, depending on the thickness of gravy you need.
  9. Cook till the fish becomes soft.
  10. Serve hot with Appam, Idiyappam, Pathiri etc.


  • The best fishes to be used for this curry are : 
    Red Snapper known as Pahari / Chemballi ( in Malayalam) , Sankara / Paruthi vela (in Tamil), Kora /thundava / rangu (in Telugu).
    Pomfret known as Avoli (in Malayalam), Vavval (in Tamil) and Nalla Chanduva / Tella chanduva (in Telugu) 
This entry was written on April 17th, 2014 by and tagged with kerala fish curry with coconut paste, best fish curry recipe, kerala fish curry with coconut milk, kerala fish curry, malabar fish curry with coconut, fish curry, kollam fish curry. Last revised on April 18th, 2014.

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