July 28, 2009

Spicy Whitefish Curry


I recently picked up a couple of fresh whitefish fillets from Whole food recently. And on Sunday afternoon after cleaning brick patio of some moss, I decided to make some spicy fish curry. Who knew there's so much to do around the house?

The fish curry was quick and satisfied us after the yard work. The fish was lightly sauteed with turmeric, chilli powder and salt. And the curry was spicy with chillis and tangy with tomatoes. We had ours with hot brown rice that afternoon and leftover the next day with hot chappatis.

Ingredients: (serves 2)
1 fillet whitefish cut in 5-6 pieces.
1 medium red onion
1 tspoon ginger paste
1/2 can steamed tomatoes or 2 medium tomatoes
1/2 tspoon kala jeera (nigella seeds)
1/2 tspoon coriander powder
1/2 tspoon cumin powder
1/2 tspoon turmeric powder
1/2 tspoon chilli powder
2 green chilles slit
4-5 curry leaves
3 tbspoons oil
Salt to taste

Marinate the fish with turmeric powder, chilli powder and salt. Heat 2 tbspoon oil and shallow fry the fish on both sides for a couple of minutes.

In a pan, heat the rest of the oil and temper it with nigella seeds, green chilles and curry leaves. Add in the ginger and let it cook for a minute, then add in the onions and saute for 2-3 minutes. Then add in the tomatoes and cook with closed lid till it all mixes well together.

Add in all the spices, 1 cup of water and let it cook for 3-4 minutes. Then add in the fish pieces, adjust salt and cook it all together for another 2-4 minutes.


Serve warm with rice.


  1. Ah ... the simple yet spicy fish curry ... a favourite with hot rice. Nice snaps Mandira! :-)

  2. cooking non veg is so much simpler at times like this no?

  3. thats the best part about fish...so little effort but so much satisfaction!

  4. Oh my god, this looks sooooo good. I have bookmarked the recipe! Thank you.

  5. wow, nice and simple recipe, looks yummy,Mandira...I'm hosting an event on Fish..why don't you send this post to me? and expecting some more yummy recipe on fish from u..check on my blog

  6. nowadays i love fish curries much, so couldn't wait to see your recipe.. :)

  7. nothing like good satisfying curry after hard work LOL! this looks lovely. Will have to try it!

  8. Making me crave fish;-( with kalonji... Mandira is white fish a fresh water fish? I have never got anything other than cat fish & tilapia here..(salmon ocassionally, but never made curry with it) for i cannot sea fish.. still used to the bong fresh water.

  9. Anonymous12:42 PM

    Kala jeera is not nigella seeds but caraway seeds.

    nigella is kalaunji or onion seeds.

  10. I like the addition of the curry leaf with an other wise very Bangali masla

  11. Great way to serve fish, so spicy and tasty!

  12. Fish curries rock! And Mandira, yours looks yummy :-)

  13. cleaning the patio.. welcome to the houseowner's work load.:) we did that yesterday for the second time in the season as the relentless rains are just creating more weeds.

  14. Thanks Sharmila, Nags, Aquadaze, Anh, Indrani, Seena, MeetaK, Sandeepa, Sunita, Meeso! It did turn out quite delicious esp with hot rice :)

    Soma - it looks like it is a common great lakes fish. And with its firm, white flesh, it tastes good.

    Anon thanks for pointing it out. Change done.

    Shaheen- yeah, we are still cleaning up the front and back yard... it's quite overgrown.

  15. i just made this fish curry. I had been wanting to make it ever since I saw the picture. I broiled the fish instead of frying it ( does not smell up the kitchen as much and less oil) This has a unique taste,...could be the nigella seeds. Like it. Anne

  16. Nice and simple


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