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Fisherman’s Fish Curry – Rameswaram Fish Curry

Recipe for fisherman style fish curry recipe. Adapted from Rameswaram fishermans village. With step by step pictures.

  • Total Time: 35 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x



For the masala

  • 1 Onion
  • 1 Tomato
  • 6 cloves Garlic
  • 5 Dried Red Chillies
  • 1 teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Coriander Seeds
  • 2 tablespoon Fresh Shredded Coconut

Other Ingredients

  • 3 teaspoon sesame (gingely) oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon fenugreek seeds
  • 4 tablespoon tamarind paste
  • 3 sprigs curry leaves
  • 1/2 cup thick coconut milk
  • 500 grams fish steaks


  1. Grind the masala ingredients with water to a fine paste. Set aside.
  2. Take a pan and add in the sesame oil (gingely). Add in the mustard seeds and fenugreek seeds. Let it pop. Add in the ground masala and saute for five minutes.
  3. Add in a cup of water and tamarind paste. Let it simmer for 5 minutes.
  4. Add in the fish pieces and cover the pan with a lid and allow it to simmer for another 6-7 minutes. Tear the curry leaves roughly and add it to the pan.
  5. Add in the thick coconut milk and let it simmer for a minute more. Do not allow the curry to simmer for a long time after adding coconut milk.
  6. Remove from heat and serve hot with rice.
  • Author: Kannamma - Suguna Vinodh
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Cuisine: Tamilnadu
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