Zesty Fish Curry With Vegetables- Thirutha Fish Curry
The recipe was inspired by the Thai style fish and vegetable curry which is a mild coconut-based curry. The base of this curry is the spicy gravy similar to the Kerala mulaku curry. It is flexible when it comes to vegetables. You can use any kind of vegetables like beans, carrots, eggplant, etc. I have used drumstick, plantain, yard-long beans, tapioca, yam, and tomatoes. Drumstick is used in Trivandrum style fish curry and plantains are used in fish curry in Kochi. Vegetables add a lot of flavor to this curry and all you need to go with this curry is a bowl of steamed rice.
This fish curry has the same robust bold flavor that tickles your taste buds. Red chilly and Kudampuli/Malabar tamarind brings in the spicy, tangy, smokey flavor which is distinctive in Kerala fish curry. The chilly gives heat and richness to the curry and tamarind the tangy smokiness. Kudampuli is prepared by smoking and sun drying and hence the smoky flavor. The chilly powder used here is kashmiri chilly powder. It does not have a lot of heat but imparts a rich dark color to the curry. This curry tastes best the next day, so it is best to use it the next day and allow the flavors to mature. This is a perfect recipe if you are on a time crunch…protein and vegetables in one pot. So next time when you make fish curry, do try adding some vegetables. You will surely love it.
Why Kudampuli/Malabar tamarind?
If you want to make a less spicy curry, use kashmiri chilly powder. It does not have a lot of heat but imparts a rich dark color to the curry. This curry does not use coconut. If you want a milder fish curry to add one cup of coconut milk.
Recipe For Fish Curry with Vegetables
Cooking time-35 minutes
Cuisine- Kerala, Indian
Recipe type- Curry,Seafood
Fish – 1 kg
Raw plantain- 1 small
Yam,yard long beans,tapioca- 1 cup
Drumstick- 7-8 pieces
Shallots diced- 1 cup
Ginger-cut into thin strips-1/2 inch piece
Garlic cut into thin strips- 3 tsp
Kashmiri Chilly powder- 4 tsp
Turmeric powder- 1/2 tsp
Fenugreek powder- 1/2 tsp
Kudampuli- 3-4 thin strips
Green chilly – 1
salt to taste
Coconut oil- 1 1/2 tbs
Curry leaves- a few
shallots – 2-3
Mustard- 1/3 tsp
Fenugreek- a few
hing- a pinch
whole red chilly-1
Tomato chopped- 2
Ginger thinly sliced- 1/2 inch thick
Garlic cloves- 3-4
To make the fish curry…
Cut and clean the fish and keep aside. Add salt and lemon juice and wash fish thoroughly. Wash and soak kudampuli in warm water for 10-15 minutes.
In a pan or manchatti add chilly powder, turmeric powder, salt and kudampuli/ tamarind with the water. Mix in chopped onions, ginger and curry leaves and mix well. Rub in the spices and the onion mixture and add three cups of water and bring this to a boil.
Add the fish and the chopped vegetables. When it starts to boil turn the heat down to a bubbling simmer. Cook in low flame for 10-12 minutes. Remove the lid and continue cooking till the gravy thickens and oil separates. Don’t forget to rotate the pan occasionally and do not stir using a spoon. Finally add some curry leaves, a pinch of fenugreek powder.
Heat oil in a pan. Add mustard followed by fenugreek seeds and them allow to splutter. Add chopped shallots, diced garlic, ginger and curry leaves. Roast it in a slow flame till the nice aroma comes out of the ginger and garlic. Add chopped tomatoes and fry for two minutes. Pour this over the curry.
Cover and let it sit for the flavors to infuse. Serve with rice.
For more fish recipes check 100 Fish and Other Seafood Recipes
Hope you will enjoy!