Amma's Fish Curry | Tamarind Fish Curry | South Indian Fish Curry


Its hard to live far from home and when ever I feel down I make sure I cook one of Amma's recipe to keep my spirits high. Last week this was the same case I did fish curry and posted pics online and few of my friends requested for the recipe and here it is. This is a super simple, spicy and tangy curry. You can almost use any bigger variety fish for this curry, Amma usually makes this fish curry with King fish but I try to alternate it with what ever is available.


Tamarind fish curry is filled with basic ingredients in anyone's pantry and it best when served with white rice and a veg stir-fry or with idly/dosa. This curry tastes great with medium-big variety fish and today I tried it with Tilapia and it was absolutely yummy. Usually South Indian style fish curry has tamarind in them for the spicy-tangy combination. And mind you this curry builds up flavor the next day, so do ahead and enjoy with rice for one super hit meal.



Recipe Source ~ Amma
Serves ~ 3
Cook & Prep time ~ 30 minutes

Ingredients 


Tilapia - 1 entire fish (approx 500 gms)

Red Onion - 1 large, finely chopped
Tomato - 2 large, finely chopped
Green chili - 3-4 slit 
Curry leaves - 1 spring
Garlic pods - 8 chopped
Dry red chili - 2
Pepper cons - 1 tbsp
Tamarind - 1 gooseberry size
Warm water - 1 cup to dilute tamarind
Fish masala powder - 2-3 tbsp (I used Eastern Fish Masala ***refer notes)
Salt as per taste
Turmeric- 1 tsp
Gingely oil - 3 tbsp

Method



  • Clean the fish and drain all excess water add salt and turmeric, set aside.
  • In a big non stick pan heat oil on medium flame add the peppercons and after 20 seconds, add the red chili and curry leaves and then the onions saute for a minute now add the garlic and let it cook until onions get translucent, this takes around 3 minutes.
  • Now add the chopped tomato, green chilli saute until the tomoto turns mushy should take 3 minutes. Now add the masala powder (eastern masala) and little salt and mix well, add 1/4 cup water and let it the tomatoes cook further for 3 minutes until the oil separates. Check for spiciness and salt.
  • Add 1 cup water and 1/2 cup tamarind water discarding the pulp and bring it to a boil and let it cook for 6 minutes, now add the marinated fish pieces and cover the lid, let it cook in medium flame until fish is cooked about 6-7 minutes.
  • Now check if the fish is cooked now add the remaining tamarind water discarding the pulp, cover lid and let it cook further for 5 minutes.
Serve hot with rice or idly or dosa. The curry tastes fabulous as the fish marinates in the curry for long.



Cooks Wisdom

- If you do not have fish masala powder replace it with 1 tbsp of red chilli powder and 1 and 1/2 tbsp of coriander powder
- Make sure you use fresh tamarind pulp rather than ready made paste
- Use fresh garlic pods for amazing flavor
- The curry tastes great as it rests longer, I love having this the next day
- This curry is great with red snapper fish, king fish, salmon
- Adjust spiciness by reducing or increasing the red chili powder/ fish masala powder
-  You can also add cumin for additional flavor or grind pepper cons if you don't like them whole in the curry
- Make sure that the curry is thick before adding fish pieces if its taking time to thicken then add some more coriander powder

47 comments:

  1. Super yummyy! love ur picture :)

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  2. Superb tangy fish curry...i cook mom's dishes when im missing her even though its not the exact taste but still i feel like she cooks for me....

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  3. Finger licking fish curry, drooling her :-)

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  4. Finger licking fish curry, simply drooling here :-)

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  5. Looks really delicious and eye appealing. Loved the clicks a lot :)

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  6. It was nice to cook amma's recipe whenever u feel homesick..............as we all learnt cooking from our amma , they are the best cooks. nice clicks dear...........

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  7. OHHH myy goddddddd yummyyyyyy

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  8. fish curry looks very tempting priya.

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  9. Delicious fish curry Priya. Looks fiery and yum.

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  10. Loved the first click akka classy a iruku :) ahhhh am feeling so hungry now :( looks super delicious akka :) Hot Rice + This Curry = Happy Tummy ;)

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  11. yummy and tangy curry:)lovely clicks:)

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  12. I will not eat fish,but seeing ur tempting click makes me drool...

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  13. looks really yum... just like how umma makes...

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  14. Tangy and yummy fish curry. Beautiful click.

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  15. priya, this is too tempting

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  16. Nice clicks but i could not comment abt taste dear:-P Lol:)

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  17. Trust me guys, this curry was simply fabulous, am so lucky to enjoy this fingerlicking fish curry with hot steaming idlis.Look at the colour of curry,who can resist to it.

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  18. fish curry looks so tempting dear...am drooling here...love ur clicks...

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  19. That looks so tempting. loving the color

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  20. too hooot,to miss it.love to have it now.lovely clicks.

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  21. Umm. Curry looks yum,,.:)

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  22. truly tempting one...loving that colour..

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  23. Pass me that fingerlicking bowl..Can't deprive a bong from fish you see ;-)

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  24. Love the perfect clicks....

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  25. Priya fish curry looks super yum...love with some steaming rice...

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  26. like your last click very much priya :) it looks special to me.. love this curry with rice..

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  27. When I saw the curry I was thinking which fish it was,.oh I love tilapia !! We r fish lovers ,yummy yummy !!

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  28. Superb click..luv fishes to the core :)

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  29. Wonderful fish curry Priya sis. Fingerlicking good curry........

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  30. Ammas always rocks.Simply superb.

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  31. Fish curry looks so delicious and inviting!
    Love the clicks da.

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  32. Finger licking good dear,I love it!!

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  33. Amma's recipes are sure to be a success. Will send this link to my daughter. They love these tangy dishes.
    PS - you were right about the leftover mixed fruit - after baking the cake :-)

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  34. Amma's recipes are always a blockbuster and love the texture of the gravy..yum

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  35. Tempting fish curry dear,irresistible.

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  36. this looks so tempting..must try soon

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  37. Gosh! what a tempting dish!! Your click makes it more mouthwatering!!

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  38. Hello dear,

    Well no doubt Mom's recipe rocks, pics are amazing.
    Have a nice week ahead!

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  39. Elegant, I'll try this after I'm done with baked wahoo fish recipes. And thanks for the recipe. Great job!

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