Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Quick & easy fish curry: featuring coconut milk | Kukskitchen

Quick fix meals are my favourite, especially for a week night when u come home tired from work, only to find a couple of hungry tumms and a house full of chores. This particular fish curry is my favourite as it features my favourite ingredient coconut milk. Anything to do with coconut is close to my heart, being a girl from kerala. It is so quick to make and requires cooking skills next to nothing, honestly!

I dedicate this recipe to you working mums, bachelors and new cooks.

A few things before you start:
  • Shallots give a better taste and pearl onions if used give a fantastic flavour to the sauce.
  • Simmer at low heat for longer and avoid ginger garlic paste for a traditional taste similar to dry-baked fish (മീൻ പൊള്ളിച്ചത്‌).

Here is how I make it.


1- Fish - 500g

2 - Chilli powder - 1 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Pepper powder - 1/2 tsp
Fenugreek (uluva) powder - 1/4 tsp
Ginger paste - 1 tsp
Garlic paste - 1 tsp
Salt to taste

3 - Onion - one large sliced
Curry leaves - 1 sprig

4 -  Coconut milk - 200ml
5- Oil - 2 tbsp


- Clean fish and cut them in to medium sized pieces. Try and use a firm fleshed fish. If using white fish, try something like lemon sole or basa.
- Marinate fish pieces in 2. Leave them for 5-10 mts or use straight away.
- Shallow fry fish in a non-stick pan.
- After one side is done, turn the fish over and add onions and curry leaves.
- When the now bottom side is done, add coconut milk and simmer for 5 mts.

Ready to eat!


Sherin Deepu


  1. Do you think I can use salmon with this? That's the only one I have and would like to make fish curry soon. Thanks, Sherin, it's a yummy looking dish!

  2. Thanks for linking this superb fish curry to my event..

  3. Abby, U can dear. It would taste superb. I would be a bit cautious about the cooking time, as u don't want a flaked up salmon. Also I would be very careful about turning the salmon over. :-)
    Pls do send me a foto once done my dear.

  4. looks so delicious, i have never tried fish curry with coconut milk.... i will try this one and let u know

  5. It is a kerala speciality dear, coconut varients in every dish :-)

  6. The elder one and s-i-l love fish. Should try this for them.

  7. Try it Radha and let me know how they liked it :-)


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An excited mum, a  responsible doctor , a friend's friend , a thankful daughter, a thankful sister and a passionate singer,  an enthusiastic cook, food writer and food photographer . That's me in a nut shell.

A doctor in my day job and a food writer and food photographer by night. I came in to cooking because of the people around me, be it the women in family who are amazing cooks or the men who luv to eat. My son is my best critic. :) Started cooking while I was at school, my first attempt being a sweetie, no surprise there for people who know me. I got interested in cooking more after marriage, as most girls do. My experiments with food blossomed after coming to the UK, where the grocery stores opened up a variety of foodie opportunities for my hungry tum.

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