Malvani fish curry is one of the most exquisite dishes from Malvani cuisine. It is filled with the richness of coconut milk and ground Malvani spices which make it mesmerizing.
Originated from the western coastal region of India, Malvani fish curry is a global favorite primarily because of the fiery and delectable taste it can offer. The first time I dined at a Goan restaurant is when I fell in love with it to the extent that I was forced to reach out to the chef to inquire about the recipe. After all of this effort, I was finally able to enjoy Malvani fish curry at home.
To make the Malvani fish curry, start with grinding the Malvani masala. Heat oil in a pan and saute mustard seeds, onions, chopped ginger, chopped tomatoes, sprinkle salt and turmeric in it. Then, add malvani masala and tamarind water to it. Let it simmer for a while. Lastly, add coconut milk along with fish. Cook it until the fish is cooked and serve it hot.
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Malvani Fish Curry
For Fish Curry
- 1 inch Ginger (finely chopped)
- 4 cloves Garlic (finely chopped)
- 1 Onion (finely chopped)
- 2 Tomatoes (finely chopped)
- ½ cup Coconut Milk
- ½ cup Tamarind Water
- 1 sprig Curry Leaves
- 1 teaspoon Mustard Seeds
- 1 teaspoon Mustard Oil
- Salt (to taste)
- 2 Kingfish (cut into flat fillet)
- 1 teaspoon Red Chilli Powder
- ½ teaspoon Turmeric Powder
- 1 teaspoon Cumin Powder
- 1 teaspoon Coriander Powder
- Juice of 1 Lemon
- Salt (to taste)
For Malvani Masala
- 1 teaspoon Coriander Seeds
- ½ cup Cumin Seeds
- 1 teaspoon Fennel Seeds
- 1 inch Cinnamon Stick
- 2 Cloves
- 1 Bay Leaf
- 1 pinch Nutmeg
- ½ teaspoon Whole Black Peppercorns
- 4 Dry Red Chillies
- 1 Star Anise
To Make Malvani Masala
- Dry roast the coriander seeds, cumin seeds, fennel, cloves, cinnamon, cloves, bay leaf, star anise, and black peppercorns for about a time period of 5 minutes in a pre-heated saucepan.
- Once you have roasted all the components, grind them well with dry red chilies, nutmeg until you get a smooth powder.
To Make The Fish Curry
- Heat some mustard oil in a wok. Add mustard seeds to it and cook until you hear a crackling sound. Then, add the curry leaves.
- When the curry leaves start to crackle, add chopped ginger, garlic, and onions to the wok. Saute the onions until they turn golden brown.
- After this, add chopped tomatoes, turmeric, and salt to taste. Cook them until the tomatoes become mushy.
- After cooking it for 5 minutes, add the freshly ground Malvani masala and saute it. To this mixture, add 1/2 cup of tamarind water.
- Let this mixture cook for a few minutes. Then, add coconut milk, and bring it to a boil on a simmered flame. Add marinated fish pieces one after the other into the boiling curry along with the marinated masala.
- Add water to achieve the desired consistency, give it a light stir, cover the wok with a lid and let it cook for 10 minutes until it is cooked thoroughly.