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Monday, April 23, 2012

Tilapia Fish Curry!

Hello All,

Hope u guys had a great week and an even greater weekend! I apologise for the delay in posting...I've been working crazy hours off late...but thank you for visiting my blog nevertheless in spite of my relatively long absence. :).

Tilapia is a fish I was introduced to after marriage. It's a really nice white fish, with practically no bones, so it's a relatively easy fish to dissect and eat ;). My mom in law cooks this with vinegar as the "sour factor", but here i used tomatoes instead and a bit of coconut milk at the end. The result was a truly succulent curry (hey, I am allowed to blow my own horn once in a while right?!?). I apologise if the photos are not very good, took them with my ipad as a bit of experimentation instead of my usual Sony camera. This is a very simple curry, so without any further delays, let's see how truly simple and scrumptious this dish is...This recipe is courtesy Vineetha Vijayan and Beena Premachandran, who had cooked for a competition for the Kerala Club, California. Hats off to u guys and thanks once again for the recipe!

  • Tilapia fillets, cut into small pieces- 1/2 kilo (500 gms)
  • 1/4 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1/4" piece of ginger- finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 medium sized onions, finely sliced
  • 1 medium sized tomato, or 2 small tomatoes
  • 4-5 green chillies, finely chopped
  • Chilly powder- 3 tablespoons
  • Coriander powder- 3 tablespoons
  • Turmeric Powder- 1/2 teaspoon
  • Fenugreek seeds- 1/4 teaspoon (optional)
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup of thick coconut milk. I(31/2 tablespoons coconut milk powder + 1/2 cup hot water)
  • Salt to taste
  • Curry leaves to garnish
  • 4 tablespoons coconut oil or any refined oil
  • Wash the tilapia fillets in a mixture of salt and vinegar.
  • Marinate the  fillets with a tablespoon of coriander powder, a tablespoon of red chilly powder and turmeric powder. Set this aside for at least 15 minutes.
  • In a frying pan, heat 2 tablespoons coconut oil and lightly fry the fish. This is to avoid them from breaking while in the curry. Fry them lightly for 3 minutes on each side.
  • Separately, in a saucepan, heat 2 tablespoons of oil and add the mustard seeds.
  • Once the seeds start popping, add the finely chopped ginger and saute till they emit a nice aroma.
  • Add the onions and green chillies along with a bit of salt to speed up the cooking process of the onions.
  • Now add the fenugreek seeds, coriander and chilly powders and saute. Ensure to reduce the flame so as to avoid burning the powders.
  • Now add the tomatoes and cook for another 5 minutes.
  • Add the water and allow it to boil for 2-3 minutes. Add salt at this stage.
  • Now add the fish to this and cook on a low flame for 5 minutes.
  • After 5 minutes, add the coconut milk and cook closed again for another 5 minutes.
  • Switch off the flame, add curry leaves and a tablespoon of oil.
Tada, tilapia fish curry is ready! Oh of course, the photos....
You can have this curry with rice, chapatis, bread, naan...and the list is endless. In this curry, we have not used garlic and small onions. Instead we have used mustard seeds which is quite different for a fish curry. Also, the tanginess is provided by the tomatoes, instead of the usual tamarind or vinegar.

So, please do try this out. You could this with any fleshy fish, like king fish, salmon, black trout or pom fret.

So, till next time, take care and God bless!

BTW, am sending this over to Julie's site for the Kerala Kitchen event she's hosting this month! Wish me luck!! Do check out her site for more details!


  1. Tasty fish curry,my mom makes this makes me drool Neetu..

  2. Thank you so much Suja...Really appreciate u joining my blog...God bless!

  3. Very delicious fish curry , Neetz.. I too make the similar way:-)
    Happy to join your space... Thanx for linking the recipe & your sweet comments... BTB, I couldn't see u in my follower list,can u please follow it publicly ?? :-))

  4. Hi Julie,

    Thank u for the sweet words! Hav followed u publicly now! Thanks for joining my space!!

  5. Oh very tasty and delicious dish.

  6. Very nice and informative blog posting. Among all the fish, tilapia fish is Awesome! Tilapia fish farming is very profitable and easy. I like this fish very much for it's unique taste and nutritional value. The dish is looking very delicious.

  7. Hi Neetu,

    We tried this recipe and it was just delicious. Thanks very much for posting it online.


  8. Thanks for visiting my blog! You have a nice blog here! Fish curry looks yummy...

  9. I love fish curry. LOve eating on weekends. Thanks to this post

  10. Very informative and inspiring post have been posted here. I bookmarked this blog further more information.last weekend i visit a Indian restaurant for dinner. it was awesome experience of fish curry taste. I never forget it's taste.I am going to cook it at home.

    1. Hey John, thanks a ton for the kind words! I just posted a recipe today which I'm sure you'll love! Keep coming back for more treats!! Try out the dish and let me know how it turns out!

  11. This recipe is as similar as which i eat in an Indian restaurant in Calgary, my experience is awesome, Thanks for giving such a wonderful knowledge about it, now i am going to cook at home with the help of your blog. Thank you.

    1. Hey Advina, compliments of the season! Thanks for the lovely words! Do let me know how the dish turns out!!


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