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- ½ tbsp
  • Garlic, minced- ½ tbsp
  • Green chili, minced- 2 or 3 ( add more based on your spice level)
  • Small onions, chopped- 12
  • Turmeric powder- ¼ tsp
  • Kashmiri red chili powder- 1½ tsp
  • Coriander powder- 1½ tsp
  • Ground black pepper- ½ tsp
  • Tamarind, fresh- 2 inch soaked in ½ cup warm water (strain the juice)
  • Warm Water- 1 cup
  • Salt- 1½ tsp
  1. While cleaning the fish add salt and rinse under running water, salt will help to remove any odor in the fish.
  2. Soak the fresh tamarind in warm water for 5 minutes, squeeze the tamarind in water to extract the juice- strain the juice & keep aside. If using concentrated tamarind paste use very less (1 tsp or so) according to your needs.
  3. Place a claypan or non-stick saucepan over medium heat.
  4. Add coconut oil, let turn hot.
  5. Add mustard seeds, let it splutter.
  6. Add fenugreek seeds, saute for a few secons till it turns light brown in color.
  7. Add curry leaves, saute well.
  8. Add minced ginger, garlic and green chilies, saute till they turn golden in color.
  9. Add small onions, and 1 tsp salt; saute till onions turn translucent.
  10. Add turmeric powder, kashmiri red chili powder, coriander powder and ground black pepper to the onions, saute for a few seconds. Don't burn the spices.
  11. Add tamarind juice, combine well.
  12. Add warm water and ½ tsp salt, let the gravy come to a boil.
  13. Add the king fish, cover the pan with its lid.
  14. Cook over medium heat for 5 minutes.
  15. After that lower the heat to low and cook for 10 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.
  18. Serve this fish curry along with Kappa (tapioca), rice, appam, idiyappam or chapati.
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