Chettinad cuisine is known for its delicious taste and flavourful spices used. Given below is the recipe of fish curry made in chettinad style.

Serves: 4

8 pieces of fish

4 tbsp oil

1 bay leaf

1 cinnamon stick

2 to 3 cloves

5 to 6 peppercorns

1 tsp cumin seeds

1 tsp fennel seeds

A handful of curry leaves

3 red chillies

2 tomatos pureed

1 large onion chopped

A pinch of asafoetida

2 tbsp coconut paste

½ tbsp garlic paste

½ tbsp ginger paste

1 tsp coriander powder

¼ tsp turmeric powder

¾ tsp red chilli powder

¾ tsp garam masala powder


A handful chopped coriander leaves


Heat oil in a pan, add bay leaf, cloves, peppercorns, cinnamon, cumin seeds, fennel seeds, asafoetida and curry leaves. Saute for some time. Then add red chillies, onions and sauté for a few minutes. Then add ginger garlic paste, mix well then add tomato puree, red chilli powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder and salt. Mix well and cook for some time. Then add coconut paste, fish pieces and mix well. Cook for a minute. Finally add garam masala, coriander leaves and 2 cups of water. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat, close a lid and let it cook for 10 more minutes or till the fish is cooked. Serve hot with rice.

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