Karaikudi Fish Curry


Chettinad (Karaikudi) Fish Curry
Fish – 500 gms, sliced
Brinjals – 150 gms, sliced
Onions – 2, sliced
Coconut – 50 gms, grated
Coriander Seeds – 1/2 tblsp
Oil – 1/2 tblsp
Ginger Garlic Paste – 2 to 4 tblsp
Turmeric Powder – 1/2 tsp
Green Chilli Paste – 2 to 3 tblsp
Water – 1/2 cup
Ghee – 2 tblsp
Fenugreek Seeds – 1/2 tsp
Fennel Powder – 1/4 tsp, coarse
Mustard Seeds – 1/4 tsp
Curry Leaves – handful, chopped
Tamarind Concentrate – 100 gms, mixed with 2 cups water
Salt – 1/2 tsp or as per taste


1. Heat oil in a pan.
2. Saute the onions until golden and keep aside.
3. Dry roast the coconut, coriander seeds and cumin seeds separately.
4. Combine and grind together the onions, coconut, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, garlic, ginger, turmeric powder, green chilli paste and water in a blender.
5. Blend until smooth.
6. Heat ghee in a pan.
7. Fry fenugreek seeds, fennel seeds and mustard seeds for a minute.
8. Add the curry leaves and ground paste.
9. Cook until the oil starts to separate.
10. Add the tamarind water and sliced brinjals.
11. Add salt and bring to a boil.
12. Allow it to simmer for 10 minutes.
13. Now add the fish slices and bring to a boil again.
14. Simmer until the fish is cooked and tender.
15. Remove and transfer to a serving dish.
16. Serve hot with rice.

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