Easy tilapia curry by Ponnamma Babu


Veteran actress Ponnamma Babu has entertained the Malayali movie goers with her perfect comic timing and hilarious on screen antics. Now, she has ventured into the virtual world where she shares interesting recipes through her Youtube channel. Ponnamma recalls an interesting incident which happened when the online platforms weren't as popular.

Once, a woman, who could only watch half of a cookery show that Ponnamma had presented in a television channel, stopped her on the road just to ask her the rest of the recipe. The actress opens up to Manorama Online about her career, passion for food and also shares the recipe of a special fish curry.

Learned cooking after marriage

"My cooking was a disaster in the beginning. My husband has helped me a lot during then. He cooks really well. His sister too is an excellent cook. I learned cooking only after I married Babu chettan and went to his home. He hails from Alappuzha. It is from his home that I actually learned cooking," says Ponnamma with a smile.

Traditional flavours

Ponnamma is an expert in cooking traditional dishes. She often presents cookery shows in television channels. She has a YouTube channel in which she introduces many interesting recipes and cooking techniques.

"The channel has really helped my children. Whenever they have a doubt they could easily watch it on the channel. Besides, even after I have gone, their children and the coming generations can see me cook on the channel. I have done all of that in advance," notes the actress.

Ponnamma's Kalavara

Ponnamma is all set to turn entrepreneur by opening her dream project 'Ponnamma's Kalavara' which focuses on home delivery of delicious traditional dishes. "Home cooked food that is made in my unique style would be delivered. It would function in association with the prominent online food delivery chains. As of now, the delivery from Ponnamma's Kalavara would be based in Kochi," explains Ponnamma.

Easy fish curry

Ponnamma Babu shares an easy recipe of tilapia curry that is spicy and delicious. This fish curry tastes amazing with boiled tapioca or rice.

Tilapia fillets
Coconut oil
Fenugreek seeds
Green chillies
Curry leaves
Kashmiri chilli powder
Turmeric powder

Heat coconut oil in an earthen vessel
Splutter the fenugreek seeds
Sauté the ginger, garlic, green chillies and curry leaves
Add the Kashmiri chilli powder and turmeric powder
Sauté until the raw smell is gone
Into it add finely diced tomatoes, tamarind and salt as required
Pour water and mix well
Add the tilapia fillets and boil until the fish is cooked well
You could also cook until the gravy is reduced.

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