Keralan Fish Curry | Hari Ghotra
3.8/5 rating (24 votes)

Keralan Fish Curry

South Indian fish curry

  • Heat Hot
  • Serves 6
  • Prep 10 mins
  • Cook 15 mins
Keralan Fish Curry

A rich, creamy south Indian dish that is brimming full of spices

Hari says

I love this fish dish and just packed full of seafood flavour. I like to use a meaty white fish such as Monkfish which works so well with the coconut flavour of this classic dish. And what is even more wonderful is that this dish takes very little cooking you can even make the sauce up before hand and add the fish at the last minute. Just be sure to treat your fish with care as you don't want it do break up. Enjoy!

  • Ingredients
  • Method
  • 750g firm white fish cut into chunks
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp Coconut oil
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 20 curry leaves
  • 5 shallots, finely sliced
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely sliced
  • 3cm piece of ginger, finely sliced
  • 2 green chilli, finely sliced
  • 1 tbsp chilli powder
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • 4 tomatoes, chopped
  • 400ml tin coconut milk
  • Handful coriander, chopped


  1. Coat the fish in salt and turmeric
  2. Heat a tbsp of coconut oil in a shallow large based pan.
  3. Add the mustard seeds with the curry leaves till the seeds start to pop.
  4. Add the sliced shallots, garlic, ginger and chilli, and cook on a medium heat for 5 minutes, till softened.
  5. Mix together the chilli powder and turmeric with a splash of water to make a paste (this stops the turmeric burning), and then stir into the pan.
  6. Add the coconut milk and heat through. When you are ready to serve add the chopped tomatoes and stir in the fish. Cook on a gentle heat for about 5 minutes until the fish is cooked through.
  7. Check the seasoning then sprinkled with fresh chopped coriander and some with fragrant basmati rice.

Nutritional information

Typical values* per Serving
Fat (g)1.9
of which saturates (g)1.1
Carbohydrates (g)1.5
of which sugars (g)1.0
Fibre (g)0.4
Protein (g)12
Salt (mg)0.39
*Based upon calculated values, supplied by The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated.

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Comments (6)

  • Nat


    14 November 2016 at 13:05 |
    I made this curry for 22 people (!) on the weekend, and it was IMPRESSIVE! The flavours are amazing and the guests were raving about it. Thanks for a brilliant recipe!


    • Hari Ghotra

      Hari Ghotra

      15 November 2016 at 09:17 |
      Wow Nat 22 people that's some cooking. Its just amazing to hear that your guests loved it thanks so much for sharing that with me. Please do tell me if you try anything else. I have lots of new recipes going live very soon. Thank so much Hari


  • Angela


    25 August 2016 at 20:06 |
    Hi Hari, just cooked your curry in the tiny cramped kitchen, in my Chalet, perched on the edge of a cliff in Withernsea, East Yorkshire, wuth Halibut from the fishmongers here, it was utterly delicious, thank you so much for the recipe, rubbing the fish with turmeric and salt really seemed to firm it up, and the coconut oil, curry leaves and mustard seed combination really was a flavour sensation, may have to make it again tomorrow!


    • Hari Ghotra

      Hari Ghotra

      26 August 2016 at 10:06 |
      Hi Angela A little high five from me!! This is a wonderful dish and I'm so glad you enjoyed making it in your little chalet kitchen. Thanks so much for taking time to leave a comment and enjoying the website. Hari


  • Lynne Clement Stafford

    Lynne Clement Stafford

    20 January 2016 at 16:17 |
    Hey there, thanks for the awesome recipes! Tried your crab and prawn cakes the other night and they were epic! I'm going to try your seafood curry tonight, with a few adaptations because I don't have all the ingredients. Thanks again - keep up the delicious work!


    • Hari Ghotra

      Hari Ghotra

      21 January 2016 at 08:22 |
      Hi Lynne Thanks for trying the recipes I really appreciate you having a go and then telling me how you got on. The crab cakes are lovely aren't they, how did the seafood curry come out? I take it you love fish and seafood if so give the tandoori salmon a go it's nice and quick for a weeknight lovely with rice or a salad. Thanks for leaving a comment Hari


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