Fish pada curry

Fish pada curry

Fish curries are aplenty in Kerala. Most of us make spicy curries for rice or fish molee for breakfast. Here is a recipe of a unique Alappuzha-style fish delicacy one may not find in hotels to relish. Fish pada curry is often made at homes especially a day before someone goes abroad and packed for them as it stays for more than three to four days. It's spicy and tasty. Here's the recipe:

To fry fish
1 kg fish
2 tbsp chilli powder
1 tsp pepper powder
½ tsp garam masala
½ tsp turmeric powder
1 ½ tsp ginger garlic paste
1 tsbp lemon juice
2 sprigs curry leaves
Salt (as required)
For gravy preparation
5 tbsp coconut oil
1 tbsp ginger, chopped
2-3 green chillies, chopped
2 ½ tbsp garlic
1 cup shallots, thinly sliced
2 sprigs curry leaves
1 tsp turmeric powder
4 tbsp Kashmiri chilli powder
1tsp mustard seed
2 tbsp vinegar
Salt (as required)


Wash the cleaned fish by rubbing salt and keep it aside by making 4-5 slashes on both sides using a knife
Now on to a mixing bowl, add turmeric powder, Kashmiri chilli powder, regular chilli powder, pepper powder, garam masala, ginger garlic paste, lemon juice and salt
Sprinkle water and make a smooth paste
Marinate the fish with this paste. Let it sit for 10-15 minutes
Heat coconut oil in a frying pan to medium heat. Add curry leaves
Fry the fish till both sides are brown. It takes about 3-4 minutes for each side to cook
For gravy preparation
Add Kashmiri chilli, mustard seed and vinegar to a mixer grinder and blend until smooth and keep it aside
Now heat coconut oil in a heavy bottomed kadai, add ginger, green chilli, garlic, and stir for 1-2 minutes
Then add sliced shallots and sauté till translucent
Next, add curry leaves, turmeric powder and cook over low heat till their raw smell disappears
Now add the vinegar Kashmiri chilli paste. Sauté for 1-2 minutes and add water to make a thick gravy. Bring to a boil. Taste-check for salt
Finally add the fried fish, cover and cook for 2-3 minutes
Fish Pada curry is now ready! Best served with hot steaming Kerala rice or any rice of your choice.

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