Quick and Simple Mangalorean Fish Curry With BON Masala
Mangalorean Fish Curry
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About Mangalorean fish curry

A delicious and spicy fish curry made with coconut is a true delicacy of Mangalorean cuisine. Mangalore city based on the coastline, and fish is the staple food for the Mangalorean people.

In different regions, fish is made in various ways. The perfect combination of tangy and spiciness has popularly known as “Meen da Gaasi” in the local language of Mangalore. This dish is a favorite of all Mangaloreans and this lip-smacking dish will also be loved by everyone at your home. 

The popularity of Mangalore fish curry 

The famous ‘meen da gassi’ is all time favourite dish in the Mangalore region. Due to its popularity, visitors come from other regions just to enjoy the fish thali in the Mangalore, Udupi, and Kundapur regions. The original taste of fish curry in this area is unsurpassed, and it’s possible that the flavour is due to the regular deliveries of fresh fish to these restaurants, where chefs make masala from scratch and offer delectable fish curry. There are many other Mangalorean foods besides fish curry that are loved by people of all ages and from different regions.

Serving Mangalore fish curry

This curry is well complemented with steamed rice, dosa, or neer dosa. You can prepare this delightful, authentic recipe at home, all you need is BON Mangalorean Fish curry masala.

With the preparation of Meen gassi (Mangalorean fish curry) you can enjoy the beautiful flavours and aroma of the basic spices. You can save a tonne of time in the kitchen with this quick, simple, and delicious dish. You’ll enjoy the delicate fish cooked in coconut masala sauce. Taste, flavour, and comfort are all intended to be delivered to you in one pot by this recipe.

Masala paste for Mangalorean fish curry 

This Mangalorean fish curry’s masala paste, which serves as its foundation, is made up of both ground and dried spices. The cumin, fenugreek, coriander, and black peppercorns are cooked with chilies, garlic, and tamarind. Grind them to a fine paste once they have been aromatically lightly roasted. The fish curry though the base is the same depending on the fish the spice and tamarind quantity varies. Some fish curry will also need an additional onion tempering at the end. Either way, all kind of fish and the fresh fish curry tastes amazing and will leave a mark on your palette. Get some fresh fish today and try this recipe for Mangalorean Fish Curry. Enjoy this with hot, freshly cooked rice and any leftover curry with neer dosa for breakfast the following morning.

Ingredients to prepare fish curry

  • Fish (mackerel /sardine) – 500 g 
  • Tamarind – 1 lemon sized
  • Byadgi dried red chillies – 8 to 9
  • Coriander seeds – 3 tsp
  • Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
  • Carom seeds – ½ tsp
  • Black peppercorns – ½ tsp
  • Fenugreek seeds – ¼ tsp
  • Garlic cloves – 5 to 6
  • Finely chopped ginger – 1-inch
  • Freshly grated coconut – 1 cup
  • Turmeric powder – ¼ tsp
  • Fish curry masala – ½ tsp
  • Thinly cliced onion – ½ 
  • Finely chopped green chilli – 1
  • Oil
  • Salt 

Method to prepare fish curry masala

  1. Heat a thick-bottomed pan, add 1 tbsp oil as it heats add 3 tsp coriander seeds, 1 tsp cumin seeds, ½ tsp black peppercorns, ¼ tsp fenugreek seeds, ½ tsp carom seeds, and roast on low flame for a few minutes.
  2. Once the spices start to brown remove them from the flame and transfer them to a plate.
  3. To the same pan add 8 to 9 byadgi red chillies and fry well until the red chilli puffs up.
  4. Transfer the fried chillies to the same plate.
  5. In a blender transfer, all the roasted ingredients add ¼ tsp turmeric powder, ½ tsp fish masala powder, 1 cup grated coconut, 1 lemon-sized tamarind, and 5 to 6 garlic cloves, and grind them with enough water into a fine paste.
  6. To the masala paste add ½ thinly sliced onion and mix well.
  7. Heat a deep-bottomed pan or an earthen pot add the masala paste, the required amount of water, and ½ tsp salt and cover and cook on medium flame.
  8. When the masala starts to boil add the fresh cut and cleaned 500 g fish and gently mix the masala.
  9. Cover and cook for 8 to 10 minutes on low flame.
  10. Add salt if required, do not mix the curry vigorously.
  11. Hot and spicy fish curry is ready to savour with rice, dosa, or neerdosa. 

Tips and tricks for the preparation of fish curry masala

  • This recipe typically call for byadgi chilies. Red chilies, either ordinary or Kashmiri, can be used in their place. Depending on your preference, you can add more or less chiles.
  • Use coconut oil to get the real flavour.
  • You can use salmon, mackerel, cod, or sardines to prepare this dish.
  • With rice, roti, naan, neer dosa, or appam, serve this curry.
  • If you don’t have access to grated coconut, coconut milk also can be used for the curry. 
  • Roast the spices on low flame, do not burn the spices as it might alter the taste of the curry.
  • Once you have added the fish be gentle and do not mix the curry vigorously.
Mangalorean Fish Curry

Quick and Simple Mangalorean Fish Curry With BON Masala

A delicious and spicy fish curry made with coconut is a true delicacy of Mangalorean cuisine. Mangalore city based on the coastline, and fish is the staple food for the Mangalorean people.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine South Indian
Servings 4
Calories 116 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 500 g Fish ( Mackerel/ Sardine)
  • 1 no Lemon sized tamarind
  • 9 no Byadagi dried red chilli
  • 3 tsp Coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds
  • ½ tsp Carom seeds
  • ½ tsp Black peppercorns
  • ¼ tsp Fenugreek seeds
  • 6 no Garlic cloves
  • 1 inch Finely chopped ginger
  • 1 cup Freshly grated coconut
  • ¼ tsp Turmeric powder
  • ½ tsp Fish curry masala
  • ½ no thinly sliced onion
  • 1 no Finely chopped green chilli
  • oil
  • salt

Instructions
 

  • Heat a thick-bottomed pan, add 1 tbsp oil as it heats add 3 tsp coriander seeds, 1 tsp cumin seeds, ½ tsp black peppercorns, ¼ tsp fenugreek seeds, ½ tsp carom seeds, and roast on low flame for a few minutes
  • Once the spices start to brown remove them from the flame and transfer them to a plate
  • To the same pan add 8 to 9 byadgi red chillies and fry well until the red chilli puffs up
  • Transfer the fried chillies to the same plate
  • In a blender transfer, all the roasted ingredients add ¼ tsp turmeric powder, ½ tsp fish masala powder, 1 cup grated coconut, 1 lemon-sized tamarind, and 5 to 6 garlic cloves, and grind them with enough water into a fine paste
  • To the masala paste add ½ thinly sliced onion and mix well
  • Heat a deep-bottomed pan or an earthen pot add the masala paste, the required amount of water, and ½ tsp salt and cover and cook on medium flame
  • When the masala starts to boil add the fresh cut and cleaned 500 g fish and gently mix the masala
  • Cover and cook for 8 to 10 minutes on low flame
  • Add salt if required, do not mix the curry vigorously
  • Hot and spicy fish curry is ready to savour with rice, dosa, or neerdosa
Keyword Fish curry, Mangalorean fish recipe

FAQs

Which fish is best for Mangalorean fish curry?

Any locally available fish like mackerel, sardine, and pomfret can be used to prepare the Mangalorean fish curry.

What is the base for Mangalorean fish curry?

Chilies, spices, coconut, and tamarind form the base of the Mangalorean fish curry.

Serving suggestion for fish curry masala?

The fish curry tastes best with dosa, neer dosa, steamed, and boiled rice.

Can I use coconut milk instead of grated coconut?

Coconut milk can be used instead of grated coconut.

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