Malabar Fish Curry
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Malabar Fish Curry by @likeitgramit

Meet our cook!

Please check out Avneet’s awesome London-based Instagram account at @likeitgramit and give it a follow! There you will find everything from cinnamon biscuits, to a lovely Madeira cake, to crispy halloumi fries, and beyond!

Avneet invites us into their kitchen to learn how to make Malabar Fish Curry, which is a favorite staple in their home, and also shares with us how food has always been important in their lives but due to the novel coronavirus, cooking has become a more frequent activity!

For reference, Malabar, or the Malabar Coast, is the southern part of India’s western coast.

Avneet’s Story

Hi I’m Avneet. Food has always been a very important part of my life !! I love trying out different restaurants but lately because of COVID I have started cooking a lot at home. I’m not the best of cooks, but I really enjoy the whole process of preparing a meal. Seeing a few ingredients turning into something so yummy gives you so much satisfaction. 

I’m always on the lookout for quick and easy recipes. During one such time I came across a recipe which has become a favourite in my house .. Malabar Fish Curry !!

Traditionally it’s cooked in coconut milk but since I’m not a big fan of coconut, I’ve tweaked it a little bit.

How to make Malabar Fish Curry

Malabar Fish Curry

Malabar Fish Curry

Avneet (IG: @likeitgramit)
A well-loved favorite.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian, Malabar


  • Oil
  • 1 tsp Mustard Seeds
  • Handful of curry leaves
  • 2 Whole red chilis
  • 2 Medium onions Finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp Garlic Finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp Ginger Finely chopped
  • 700 g Firm white wish This recipe used monkfish and prawns together
  • 1/2 tsp Red chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric
  • 1 can Tomatoes Grind & purée
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp Coconut cream


  • Heat a lug of oil in a large pan.
  • Keep the heat on medium. 
  • Add the mustard seeds and wait for them to pop.
  • Add the curry leaves and red chilies, stir and then add the onions. 
  • Cook the onions until soft and add the ginger and garlic. Cook for a few seconds as you don’t want the garlic to burn. 
  • Add the tomatoes, salt, turmeric, red chili powder. Cook for about a minute on low heat.
  • Add a little water, about 1/2 a cup, and bring to a boil. 
  • Add the fish and simmer for about 20 minutes, or until the fish is cooked.
  • Finally, add the coconut and garnish with coriander.
  • Best served with steamed rice. 
Keyword Curry, Fish, Monkfish, Prawn, Rice

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