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Mustard And Coconut Fish Curry

A creamy coconut milk fish curry with the hit of mustard
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Servings 4


  • 6 1- inch thick slices of surmai or rohu
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 300 ml unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 tsp black mustard seeds
  • 10 curry leaves
  • 2 green chillies slit lengthwise
  • 2 tbsps mustard oil or any vegetable oil
  • Salt

For the masala or spice paste

  • tbsp black mustard seeds soaked in 2 tbsps of water for an hour
  • 2 tsp poppy seeds soaked in water with the mustard seeds
  • 4 cloves of garlic peeled
  • 3-4 green chillies as per your preference
  • 1- inch piece of ginger peeled
  • 1 large onion quartered


  • Wash the fish and pat dry to remove all moisture. Rub with turmeric and a teaspoon of salt and set aside for 15 minutes.
  • While the fish rests, make the spice paste.
  • Drain the mustard and poppy seeds (taking care that they don’t flow out with the soaking water), and grind together with all the other masala ingredients in a coffee grinder (using a little water if necessary) to form a thick paste. A coffee grinder or a small food processor is better at pulverising the tiny poppy seeds that may escape the blades in a large container.
  • Heat a tbsp of oil in a frying pan and fry the fish ( 2 or 3 pieces at a time), for 30-40 seconds on each side. Remove and rest.
  • Add another tsp of oil to the same pan and add the whole mustard seeds and curry leaves so that they pop and crackle.
  • Turn down the heat and put in the spice paste. Stir and cook the paste for 5-7 minutes till oil starts to separate from the mixture. It's important to keep the flame down to ensure that the masala doesn’t burn. Sprinkle a little water if it sticks to the pan.
  • Once the masala is cooked, pour in the coconut milk and toss in the slit green chillies and simmer for 3-4 minutes.
  • Now gently slip in the fried fish and cook on low simmer for 3 minutes or until the fish is just done.


Prep time does not include time taken to soak the mustard seeds.