Homestyle Cat Fish Curry !!

Cat Fish Curry– This recipe I have adapted from my amma (mom), for me she is the best cook in this world. Her way of cooking is very simple & easy, I miss her a lot. Fish curry goes well with steamed rice, idly & dosa. Fish curry always taste better after a day, the fish absorbs the sourness & spices. Add the spices as per wish, adding garlic to the recipe, helps to give more taste, aroma & avoid gas formation. Cat fish contains more fat (healthy fat), so be conscious while adding oil. For vegans, add eggplant / brinjal to this curry.

Also refer;

South Indian style spicy cat fish currySardines fish curryFish curry – using coconut powderKerala Red fish currySpicy snapper fish currySpicy fish curry with raw mangoMalabar Fish Biriyani

Bon appetite !!

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Cat fish – 3 nos.

Red chili powder – 2 tsp

Coriander powder – 1 tsp

Turmeric powder – 1 tsp

Cumin powder – 1 tsp

Garlic – 10 – 15 cloves

Ginger – 1 tsp finely chopped

Green chilies – 3nos.

Onion – 1 no. finely chopped

 Tamarind -Small lime size (soaked in warm water & extract the juice)

Salt to taste

For Grinding;


Onion – 1 no.

Tomatoes – 2 no.

Garlic – 5 cloves


Oil – 2 tsp

mustard seeds – 1 tsp

Cumin / jeera – 1 tsp

Fenugreenk – 1tsp


Curry leaves & cilantro

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  • Ground the ingredients onion, tomato, garlic and keep aside.
  • In a small pan, add a tsp of oil, fry the fish for 2 minutes on each sides, remove the excess oil by using paper towel & keep aside
  • Keep the pan on low flame, add oil and start to tempering with mustard, fenugreek, cumin seeds and curry leaves.
  • Fry the garlic & ginger until raw flavor goes off.
  • After that add finely chopped onions & sauté it for 2- 3 minutes.
  • And then add all the spices like turmeric, red chili, coriander powder and sauté until the raw flavor goes off.
  • Now add the grounded mixture & cook it for 5 minutes.
  • Then add tamarind extract, add enough water, allow to boil for 15 more minutes on high flame until raw smell goes off.
  • After that add fried fish , cover it with lid and cook it for 10 more minutes. 
  • Garnish with chopped coriander and curry leaves.
  • Serve it hot and enjoy!!!


To get rid of fishy smell wash the fish in the fresh cold water and add some turmeric powder and keep it in fridge for 5 minutes, before cooking by using tissue paper remove the moisture from the fish, and add little oil to the pan to fry the fish for a minute and remove the skin (depends on the type of the fish).


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