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Fish Masala (Kerala Style)


Fish Masala

What plans to cook for dinner tonight? Well if you are yet to decide fish masala is a good choice. Its spicy, hot and easy to prepare. It’s basically a semi gravy recipe. Non veg curry is must in our house, but fish variety what we get here is less. So I keep trying different recipes for the fish so that we get different taste for the same. Check out this recipe if you are a spicy food lover. Happy cooking  🙂


Fish Masala Recipe


  • Fish  – 500g (cut into medium-sized pieces)
  • Oil – 6 tbsp
  • Fennel seeds – ½ tsp
  • Onion – 2 big
  • Tomato – 2
  • Ginger  garlic paste – 3 tsp
  • Kashmiri  chilli powder – 3/4 tsp
  • Red chilli powder – ½ tsp (optional)
  • Green Chilli  – 2
  • Turmeric powder – ½ tsp
  • Coriander powder – 1 tsp
  • Garam masala – ½ tsp
  • Water – 1/2 cup
  • Curry leaves – few
  • Salt


To Marinate:

  • Chilli powder – 1 tsp
  • Kashmiri  chilli powder – 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – ½ tsp
  • Ginger  garlic paste – 2 tsp
  • Lemon juice – 2 tsp
  • Salt












  • Mix all the ingredients to marinate. Add little water into it and make it to a paste.
  • Add fish pieces  into it and keep it marinated for some time (Approx 30 min)
  • Heat oil in a nonstick pan and roast the marinated fish in a low-medium heat until its golden brown in colour.










  • Heat oil in a pan and splutter fennel  seeds.
  • Add sliced onion, curry leaves. Keep the pan covered and stir in between till onion becomes brown in color ( It takes 15-20 mins for this)
  • Add sliced tomato and sauté till it becomes soft.










  • Add ginger garlic paste, green chilli and sauté for a min or two.
  • Add all masala, salt and sauté for a min or two.
  • Add 1/2 cup of water and allow it to boil.










  • Add roasted fish pieces and gently put the gravy over the fish pieces
  • Keep the pan covered and cook for another 5-6 min in low flame.
  • Pour 2 tbsp of oil on the top. Keep the pan covered for some time.




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6 thoughts on “Fish Masala (Kerala Style)

    • Dear Ria,

      You can use any fish fillet or fish without bones. It will come out well. Happy Cooking!!!!!

      Vimmy 🙂

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