Wednesday, January 18, 2012


When fish curry is made at home , we have a specific combination or ingredients which go into the coconut gravy for a particular fish.. you cannot make the prawn curry ingredient for the king fish curry or the vice versa...

So when you see that I have made a curry, know that its specifically made for that particular fish so the curries are fish oriented .. sometimes the same gravy can be used for one another type of fish but that's all no more...

Today I am giving you the recipe of a favorite of mine and that's the hot and spicy mackerel fish curry... I love to have it with rice (that's normal in a goan household) but I love it with roti too.. It should be had hot i.e off the stove with nice basmati rice can have a goan papad with it too as an accomplishment...or a side...


1 cup freshly grated coconut
 3 bedgi chilies which give a red ( i.e. orange with haldi ) colour to the curry and spicy
 One inch ginger piece
 Haldi powder ½ tsp
 A small ball tamarind and salt to taste.
A berry called “teffal” is added at the end to give the required specific  flavor to the dish. (I think it’s from the schezwan pepper family)
Mackerels are washed , cleaned and cut into convenient pieces.


In a pan add about ½ cup of water and cook one green chili and a small piece of ginger which is lightly crushed
Grind together coconut, red chilies, turmeric powder, tamarind and ginger.
Put it in a pan and dilute it with water till the required consistency.
Add salt, crushed teffal fruit and cook till mixture boils.
Add the mackerel pieces and cook till the fish is cooked, which takes about 5 mins.
you can adjust  the taste by adding a little tamarind juice if it’s too hot .
I hope you enjoy the curry . Teffal is a very important ingredient in this dish for the flavour it gives which is quite strong so I recommend if you try it for the first time you can leave it out (it tastes great even without it..) ..secondly you might find it very commonly so its better to try this dish without it...


Anonymous said...

Yum yum, very nice.....

vivari said...

i will make this...not eaten this for a long time

Andy said...

Hi Mahek,
Being a goan, I could never make proper fish curry, untill I came across your recipe and it was the best I had ever made. Thank you!!.
Can you please email me recipe for Kingfish and prawn and other fish curry too.
Again because of you, I now know how to make a good mackeral curry.

Anu Priya said...

Best Recipe. I loved it. Thanks for sharing the wonderful recipe with us. Spices Online