South Indian style Fish curry made with gun powder…
Gun powder is a South Indian ground spice made by roasting dals or lentils along with whole dry red chilies, fenugreek seeds, mustard seeds and a few other ingredients and then ground into fine powder. This ground spice is also called Idli podi and is usually mixed with oil and served with Idli or Dosa. This spice is seen in the pantry of most South Indian houses.
The other day, I was getting ready to make fish curry. As always, I wanted to make it differently. The first thing that flashed through my mind was gun powder and making a fish curry out of it. Now, that sounded awesome and quite different from my usual way of making fish curries. Hopped into the kitchen and made the fish curry with gun powder. It was a bit spicy, very flavorful and finger licking delicious. I served this fish curry with Appam, it was such a phenomenal combination.
After adding gun powder paste
After adding tomatoes
- Oil- 2 tbsp
- Mustard seeds- 1 tsp
- Chana dal- 2 tbsp
- Urad dal- 1 tbsp
- Curry leaves- 1 sprig
- Whole dry red chili- 3
- Fenugreek seeds- ½ tsp
- Pomfret or king fish- 8 pieces
- Ground pepper- a few pinches
- Kashmiri red chili powder- ½ tsp
- Salt- a few pinches
- Oil- 1 tbsp
- Small onion, chopped- 6
- Curry leaves- 1 sprig
- Prepared gun powder paste
- Tomatoes, chopped-3
- Fresh Tamarind juice- 2 inch slice soaked in 3 tbsp water, drain the juice
- Place a non-stick pan over medium heat, add oil, let it turn hot.
- Add mustard seeds, let it splutter.
- Add chana dal, urad dal and curry leaves, saute till the dals turn golden in color.
- Add whole dry red chilies, saute for a few seconds.
- Finally, add fenugreek seeds, saute for a few seconds till fenugreek seeds turn light golden in color. Don't burn them as it will taste bitter.
- Remove the pan from the heat, let cool down.
- Grind them in a coffee grinder or blender along with ¼ cup water to a coarse paste. Keep aside.
- Combine the fish with ground pepper, Kashmiri red chili powder and salt, let marinate for 10 minutes.
- Soak the fresh tamarind 2 inch slice in 3 tbsp warm water for 5 minutes. Combine the soaked tamarind with water and squeeze well to release the juice, drain the juice and discard the skin.
- Place a clay pot or saucepan over medium heat, add oil.
- Add chopped small onions and curry leaves, season with salt, saute till onions turn translucent.
- Add the coarsely ground gun powder paste, combine well and cook for a few minutes.
- Add tomatoes, cook covered till they are slightly mashed up.
- Add tamarind juice, combine well.
- Add 1½ cups water, combine well.
- Taste and add salt as required.
- Let the water come to a slight boil.
- Add the marinated fish into the liquid.
- Cook covered for a few minutes till the fish has cooked.
- Open the lid, lower the flame and cook for a few more minutes till the gravy thickens a bit.
- If the gravy is too thick you could add water to thin it down.
- Remove the pan from the heat, cover the pan and let stand for sometime.
- This fish curry goes well with appam, rice, pathiri, orotti etc