Fish Chettinad


10-12 pieces of king fish
1 big onion chopped
4-5 curry leaves
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp methi seeds
3-4 tomatoes chopped
3-4 kokum soaked in warm water
1 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp red chili powder
2 tbsp oil

To be dry roasted and ground to paste:
1 tbsp coriander seeds
1 tbsp fennel seeds
1 tbsp cumin seeds
5 curry leaves
2 tbsp grated coconut
4-5 black pepper corn
3 dry chilies
10-12 shallots
5-6 cloves of garlic
1 tbsp toor daal
1 tbsp channa daal
Method to cook:
Marinate fish with salt and 1 tsp turmeric powder
Heat oil in a wok. Add mustard seeds, methi seeds and curry leaves. Add chopped onion and cook till it turns brown.
Add chopped and pureed tomatoes and cook till tomato is well cooked.
Add the ground paste, turmeric powder and red chili powder. Add kokum water and cook till everything is well cooked. Add 2 cups of water and bring it to boil.
Add the fish pieces and cook till fish is well cooked. Serve hot with appam.


  1. sounds very different from the kind of fish curry we make...Nice gravy dear..

    Hamaree Rasoi

  2. Slurp,mouthwatering here..anything in chettinad cuisine is my fav..delicious!