Saturday, September 01, 2012

Spicy Fish Kuzhambu / Chettinad Fish Curry :

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Spicy Fish Kuzhambu 
Fish  Kuzhambu  is an exotic dish for all the seafood lovers. This is made with fresh fish, cooked in a pot of delicious blend of spices sautéed in sesame oil, which enhances the additional flavor & aroma to the dish !
The spicy, hot & luscious flavor of this curry is a real treat to tastebuds & it makes a fingerlicking combo with rice, dosa and rotis.
Do try this traditional classic dish & treat your tastebuds as it deserves..!
·         Fish                           - ½ kg
·         Oil                             - 2 tbsp
·         Tamarind                    - a small lemon sized
·         Onion                         - 1
·         Garlic                         - 4 to 5 pods
·         Tomato                      - 2
·         Peppercorns              - ½ tsp
·         Turmeric pwd             - ¼ tsp
·         Red chilly pwd           - 1 ½ tsp
·         Coriander pwd            - 1 ½ tsp
·         Pepper pwd               - ½ tsp
·         Fenugreek pwd           - 1 tsp
·         Fresh coriander leaves
·         Salt to taste
To Temper:
·               Vadagam / Vendayam- 1 tsp
·               Mustard                    - ¼ tsp
·               Cumin                      - ¼ tsp
·               Urad dal                   - ½ tsp
·               Curry leaves             - a few
1.     Soak tamarind in warm water, extract thick pulp and keep ready.
2.     Heat oil in a kadai.
3.     Add the tempering and allow to splutter.
4.     Add onion, sauté till slightly browned.
5.     Add garlic, sliced tomatoes sauté until raw smell disappears and turns soft & cooked.
6.     Now add the pepper corns, turmeric pwd, red chilly pwd, coriander pwd, pepper pwd, salt and fenugreek pwd.
7.     Mix well in the oil.
8.     When the masala thickens, add 1 cup of wter and allow it to boil covered for 10 to 12 minutes.
9.     Simmer the flame and cook further for few minutes.
10.  When oil separates from the masala curry, add the thick tamarind pulp.
11.  Combine and allow to boil.
12.  Taste and adjust salt & seasonings.
13.  Add ¼ cup water (adjust according to desired thickness of curry ) and allow to boil.
14.  Now add the cleaned fish pieces.
15.  Turn the flame to simmer and allow to cook for 5 to 7 mins.
16.  Once the fish & gravy are cooked, turn off the flame.
17.  Garnish with freshly chopped coriander leaves.
18.  Enjoy the aromatic & delicious fragrance of the curry linggering all over..:)
19.  Allow the kuzhambu to rest for ½ an hour to 1 hour, so that it turns thick and the fish absorbs the gravy well.
20.  Fish kuzhambu is ready to eat.
21.  It tastes lipsmacking when served hot with white rice.

Similar Recipes 
·       Fish Finger  &  Fish Cutlet
·       Shark Puttu


  1. hi,
    tasty!!! which do you use??

  2. Pick me! I LOVE seafood, and curry, this looks super tasty!

  3. Looks great and good presentation Jay!

  4. Hi Jay, love your fish curry, look excellent. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

    Have a nice weekend.

  5. LOoks lovely and will taste divine with steamed rice. Thanx for sharing.

  6. I have had chettinad food some time back and totally love it.. this looks so good Jay, just yumm!

  7. slurp! mouthwatering fish recipe. As usual very nice presentation. Fish plate looks so tempting...

  8. Delicious and fish curry.Would surely try out next week. Wonderfully prepared.

  9. That's a really good fish curry recipe. My family loves fish curry and we love it even more the next day when the flavors have deepened.

  10. simply superb..the fish curry looks so inviting.

  11. Your pictures make this look easy enough to prepare. It would be an exotic dis for me and mine, but one I'm anxious to try.

  12. yumm, delicious looking curry. Can I use any kind of fish ?

  13. I love how you've pictured those fish shots for us to see. Beautiful dish indeed! Just had a lovely food tasting event with Foie Gras in the menu. Head over to chk it out if u're a fan! Have a great week ahead, dear!

  14. I've just seen your photos on Pinterest! This recipe looks delicious!

  15. TQ friends for your precious time..:)

    @ Krishna, Nammi : Any type of fresh fish can be used for this curry. I have used Red Snapper(sankara meen).
    Also, Anchovy, Barracuda, Pomfrat,Prawn, Seer fish & Shark can be used. Try & enjoy..!

  16. I love seafood curries! This one looks terrific - thanks.

  17. Love the snapper fish variety..They taste really awesome and make the preparation more yummy!! Looks great dear :)

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  18. yummy n delicious...v tempting...perfect for fish lovers!!lov ur presentation too!

  19. super delicious .Join me in Fast Food Event- Pasta : and

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  20. Jay, it looks and sounds so good, all except those fish eyes! Are they eaten, too? Is any kind of fish acceptable or do you have a preference?

    Keep writing...

  21. Mouthwatering fish curry Jay

  22. finger licking good!!! yum yum

  23. Looks yumm.. Amazing and delicious...

  24. Looks great, good presentation !

  25. Looks great, good presentation !

  26. Fish curry looks spicy and yummy.

  27. Slurp,droolworthy and super flavourful fish curry.

  28. Fish curry looks really scrumptious. Beautiful pics!

  29. This looks so delicious! I love fish curry! Yum!

  30. Jay, u make cooking curry seems like an easy task. So flavourful & quick :)

  31. Mouth watering pics. and recipe


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