Kottayam Style Kokum King Fish Curry

Kottayam is a city of State Kerala , the God's own country and the people of this country definitely love to eat fish and sea food. They are proud inventors of a number of fish curry recipes and Kottayam Style Fish curry is definitely one of them. It just goes on to show how simple a fish curry can be and yet so satisfying to have with simple steam rice. Kokum is used to curb the fish smell and give sourness to the gravy .Kokum is a sweet tamarind which is burgundy in color and I prefer to use it anytime over tamarind as I am allergic to the later. The best taste comes out when cooked in coconut oil which is an excellent anto-oxident and king fish does complete justification to it. You can use any other fish as well.

What You Need :

Marinate king fish with salt, turmeric powder, red chili powder and lemon juice. Let it rest for 20 to 30 minutes.

What You need to prepare the gravy:

Kokum Extract
2 small onions roughly chopped
2 tbsp garlic cloves roughly chopped
few curry leaves
1 green chili roughly chopped
1/2 tsp of mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds and fennel seeds
Make a paste of mustard seeds, dry red chili, turmeric powder, add little water if required.

Start with heat coconut oil in a pan. I have used clay pot. You can use a normal non stick wok.

Once oil is hot, add mustard seeds and let it crackle. Add fenugreek and fennel seeds.
Next goes in the roughly chopped onions, garlic, curry leaves and green chilies .

Cook till everything turns nice and brown.

Add the paste you have prepared above. Also add the kokum extract.
Follow it up marinated fish. Add salt to taste, 1 to 2 cups of water depending on the gravy you need.

bring it to a boil and cook till fish is nicely cooked and a nice aroma comes out of the gravy.
That's it. All you need is to prepare some steam rice and salad. Your Rice and Fish curry is ready to enjoy.

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