Unlike Tikhla (fish masala), malvani fish curry is slightly more watery, but of course not too much; just enough to mix with rice. Kokani people are so much in love with fish curry that on certain fish market days, people would have already made all the preparations for the curry, even before they actually buy fish. The interesting thing is, if you don’t get fish, you can still make curry without fish. It is called ‘FUTI kadhi’. Anyway, here is the recipe:
- 1/2 kg Fish – cleaned washed and cut into reasonably small pieces. You can use fish from wide variety of sea fishes: Mackerel, sea bream, silver barfish, prawns, pomfret., etc. Ladyfish is my personal favourite.
- 1 Medium size onion : finely chopped
- 4 Buds of garlic
- 2 tbsp Chilli powder depending on hotness
- 2 Green chillies
- 1 Fresh coconut grated
- 1 tbsp of dried tamarind or 5-6 dried kokam peels
- 2 tbsp Two of coriander seeds
- 4 Tirphal
- Coriander leaves
- Coocking Oil
- Soak tamarind / kokam in 3-4 tablespoon of water.
- Mix grated coconut, turmeric, chilli powder, coriander seeds in a mixer jar and grind finely with some water
- Heat up 2-3 tablespoon of oil in a saucepan.
- Add chopped garlic and onion in heated oil.
- Once it is reddish brown, add the ground coconut mixture along with fish pieces.
- Add about 200 ml of water and also tamarind / kokam water, tirphal, finely chopped green chillies.
- Bring it to boil, add water as per requirement and salt.
- Once nearly cooked, add coriander leaves and simmer for couple of minutes.
- Enjoy with rice.
*Tirphal is one of the commonly used spice in Kokan. However outside Kokan it is not known very much. It is very hot and has strong smell. It gives different fragrance to fish preparations – generally those with very smelly fish like Mackarel. You might want to use peppercorn if you don’t get Tirphal, but off course it doesn’t give the same taste of real Malvani Fish Curry.
*You can use fish from wide variety of sea fishes: Mackerel, sea bream, silver barfish, prawns, pomfret., etc. Ladyfish is my personal favourite.
Recipe by: Maai ....(Please do Rate/Like/Share this recipe.)