Keralan Fish Curry

A creamy Keralan Fish curry recipe.

Keralan Fish Curry

This is a Nigella inspired curry and I'm slightly ashamed to admit I've never actually cooked a fish curry before. I can't believe what I've been missing. Even hubby was impressed by its slightly sour but at the same time mellow flavour. Lowen thought the fish was chicken - but she ate it all up so I'll let her believe it.

Oh, and other exciting news (some of you will laugh), Waitrose and Sainsburys are soon going to be less than 10 minutes from my door! At the moment Sainsburys is a 78 mile round trip and Waitrose 70 mile round trip.


Yield: 4

Keralan Fish Curry

Keralan Fish Curry
prep time: 10 minscook time: 10 minstotal time: 20 mins


1.25kg Firm white fish, cut into chunks
2tsp turmeric
1 TBSP Oil
2 Medium Onions, sliced
2 Long Red Chili's, sliced
4cm piece fresh Ginger, sliced
Pinch Cumin
400ml Coconut Milk
1 TBSP Tamarind Paste
1 TBSP Liquid Fish Stock
Handful frozen peas


Step 1: Tip the fish into a bowl and add some salt and turmeric and set aside.
Step 2: Fry the onions in oil for 5 minutes then add the chilli's, ginger and cumin and fry for 2 minutes
Step 3: Pour the coconut milk into a jug and add 1 TBSP of tamarind paste and fish stock. Using boiling water from a kettle bring the liquid mix up to the 1 litre mark and pour into pan.
Step 4: Add the fish and peas into the hot sauce and cook for 5 minutes until the fish is cooked through. Serve with rice


  1. Not sad at all. I think lucky you to have 2 good supermarkets within shouting distance.

    That curry sounds fab, and your photo is better than you think. I can't believe it, but I haven't made one curry this winter. I'd better get my skates on as things are already hotting up around here.

  2. Wow you must be excited, that is a long drive for you at the moment!

    Beth, I think that pic looks great, as does the curry!! I'm also guilty of never having tried a fish curry and have always liked the look of Nigella's. I need to try this one day soon!


  3. Picture looks good to me - it's hard to make sauce-y things look really attractive! (I certainly can't do it!)

    And no, not sad at all. I was really pleased when I realised that Waitrose is only a 15 minute drive from me!!!

  4. I've never ever eaten a fish curry!
    I have a friend who manages a Waitrose, they seem to be really nice stores.

  5. Beauty is in the ey of the beholder and this dish sounds amazing and most likely tasted delicious!!

  6. Gorgeous curry, I love spicy fish dishes!
    That is a long way to go to the supermarkets, mine are 5 and 10 miles away. I would be happy too!!!

  7. Hi Beth,
    I have a confession to make here *sorry* it one of my opps!! I only found out today that I had mislaid your link on my new blog, my apologies and it is now in its rightful place.

    That curry sounds gorgeous and the photo looks great to me!! What good news about Waitrose and Sainsburys - much better for you

    Rosie x

  8. I shouldn't be reading this- I am on a diet at the moment which excludes real food. But I was curious. Looks lovely