Kerala Style Easy King Fish Curry or Neymeen Mulagu Curry
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Recipe type: Fish Curry
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 5 People
  • King fish, medium sized- 8 pieces (or add any other fish)
  • Coconut oil- 2 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds- 1 tsp
  • Fenugreek seeds- ½ tsp
  • Curry leaves- 1 sprig + more for garnishing
  • Ginger, minced- 2 inch
  • Garlic, minced- 3 cloves
  • Green chili, minced- 2 or 3 ( add more of you want really spicy)
  • Small onions, chopped- 12
  • Turmeric powder- ¼ tsp
  • Kashmiri red chili powder- 1½ tsp
  • Coriander powder- 1½ tsp
  • Ground pepper- ½ tsp
  • Tamarind, fresh- 2 inch soaked in ⅛ cup warm water (strain the juice)
  • Water- 1¼ cups
  • Salt- to taste
  1. While cleaning the fish add salt and rinse under running water, salt will help to remove any smell in the fish.
  2. Soak the fresh tamarind in warm water, strain the juice, keep aside. If using concentrated tamarind paste use very less ( 1 tsp or so) according to your needs.
  3. Place a clay or non-stick saucepan over medium heat.
  4. Add coconut oil, let it turn hot.
  5. Add mustard seeds, let it splutter.
  6. Add fenugreek seeds, saute till it turns light brown in color.
  7. Add curry leaves, saute for a second.
  8. Add minced ginger, garlic and green chilies, saute till they turn golden in color.
  9. Add small onions, and a few pinches of salt, saute till translucent.
  10. Add turmeric powder, kashmiri red chili powder, coriander powder and ground pepper to the onions, saute for a few seconds. Don't burn the spices.
  11. Add tamarind juice, combine well.
  12. Add water and salt to taste, let the water come to a boil.
  13. Add the king fish into the boiling water, cover the pan with its lid.
  14. Cook over medium heat for 5 minutes.
  15. After that simmer the heat and cook for a few more minutes till the gravy has slightly thickened.
  16. Have a taste, add more salt or ground pepper if needed.
  17. Garnish with more curry leaves if you want.
  18. Serve this fish curry along with Kappa (tapioca) or rice or even chapatis.
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