“Fish in the hands of a skilled cook can become an inexhaustible source of gustatory pleasures.” – Jean-Antheleme Brillat-Savarin
Baked, grilled or fried, fish is devoured by a large population of seafood lovers in India. The Indian fish curry, cooked with chilli and spices, is most famous in the coastal regions of the nation and every state has its twist to the humble fish curry. These delicious chunks of flesh have a realistic and a healthy reputation of being “brain food”.
Fish is rich in lean proteins, minerals and essential vitamins like A and D. Studies indicate that the Omega-3 fatty acid present in fish is very good for the functioning of the human body and the consumption may reduce inflammation and regulate the blood pressure in the body. The flavoursome aroma of the fish curry can please palates of the pickiest of eaters. A healthy ladle of this over hot steamed rice will lift up your spirit on a gloomy day. This delightful and extremely delectable dish is a staple in most coastal areas. Coastal Andhra, West Bengal, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Goa, Maharashtra and North East are where fish delicacies are eaten most. From West Bengal’s Macher Jhol, Andhra’s Chapa Pulusu, Tamil Nadu’s Meen Kozhambu to Kerala’s famous Meen Moilee, the variant of this curry changes from region to region. We’ve curated the best of the fish recipes for you to try and enjoy!
1. Doi Maach – Fish with Yogurt Gravy
This is a Bengali favourite. This is a super simple recipe and it is quick to cook. Chunks of marinated fish are cooked in aromatic yogurt based gravy. Watch the video to know how it is made.
2. Andhra Style Chepala Pulusu
This mouth-watering Andhra dish is a must try. This hot curry will warm you up on a cold winter day.
3. Indian Goan Fish Curry
This iconic dish will remind you of Goa’s beaches. A classic fish curry cooked in a pungent spice paste.
4. Kerala Malabar Curry
A beautiful fish curry from God’s own country! This tastes amazing with some hot steamed brown rice.
5. Assamese Fish Curry
Taste the best of what the North Easy has to offer. A soothing fish curry cooked in spices and mustard oil.
6. Odia Macha Besara or Oriya Fish Curry
A delicate, tart fish curry cooked in mustard gravy, which is authentic to the region. This is the kind of fish curry you’re sure to love!