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Kerala Easy Fish Curry- Claypot Easy Fish curry

Kerala style fish curry made in the claypot…

Fish curry made in the claypot or manchatti tastes better and in Kerala that’s how it’s made. A few years ago, I’ve bought a couple of manchatti or claypot from Kerala and they tagged along with me to Canada. In Summer, whenever I make fish curry I try to cook in the claypot. Claypot has to placed on the gas cooktops, so I use the separate gas burner on my outdoor grill. It’s not recommended to place claypot on induction or glass-ceramic stovetops.

This is an easy to make fish curry made with basic ingredients. I’ve used pomfret fish; king fish, sardines, mackerel  etc can be used as well.

Can be served with rice, appam, idiyappam, chapati, puttu etc.

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Kerala Easy Fish Curry- Claypot Easy Fish curry
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Indian
  • Coconut oil- 2 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds- 1 tsp
  • Curry leaves- 1 sprig
  • Pearl onions or shallots, sliced thin- 10
  • Salt- ½ tsp
  • Garlic, chopped- 2 cloves
  • Ginger, chopped- 1 inch slice
  • Green chilies, chopped- 2
  • Tomatoes, chopped- 2
  • Chili powder- 1 to 2 tsp (based on your heat level)
  • Turmeric powder- ¼ tsp
  • Coriander powder- 2 tsp
  • Salt- ¾ tsp
  • Tamarind juice, freshly squeezed- ½ cup (2 inch slice soaked in ½ cup water)
  • Water- 1 cup
  • Pomfret or king fish pieces- 6
  • Fenugreek seeds, crushed- ¼ tsp
  • Coconut oil- 1 tsp
  1. Soak 2 inch tamarind in ½ cup warm water for 5 minutes. Squeeze the tamarind in water to release the juice. Strain the juice and discard the skin.
  2. Place a claypot over medium heat (gas stovetop), let turn hot.
  3. Add coconut oil, let turn hot.
  4. Add mustard seeds, let splutter.
  5. Add curry leaves, sauté for a few seconds.
  6. Add pearl onions, season with ½ tsp salt and saute till onions turn light golden in color.
  7. Add ginger, garlic and green chilies; saute for a few minutes.
  8. Add tomatoes, combine well and let cook till mashed up for 5 minutes.
  9. Add chili powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder and salt. Combine well and cook for 2 minutes.
  10. Add ½ cup tamarind juice, combine well.
  11. Add 1 cup water, combine well.
  12. Let the gravy come to a slight boil.
  13. Add the fish pieces. Cover the claypan with a lid and cook covered for 10 minutes.
  14. Open the lid, add crushed fenugreek seeds. Cook for 2 minutes.
  15. Finally, drizzle 1 tsp coconut oil over the curry.
  16. Take the clay pan off the heat and keep the curry covered for a few minutes before serving.
  17. Serve along with rice, appam, idiyappam, puttu, chapati etc.




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