fish kuzhambu

Fish kuzhambu, Fish curry recipe

Fish kuzhambu is a spicy and tangy curry prepared by cooking fish in tamarind mixture. This fish kuzhambu requires grinding of onion, tomato, coconut and select spices which gives a vibrant color. This below method of preparation gives the kuzhambu chettinad  touch and enhances the taste of this kuzhambu. For this recipe I used sardine fish as I am a great fan of this fish when it comes to kuzhambu. So lets get to the making!


  • Sardines (Mathi) – 3
  • Onion – 1
  • Tomato – 2
  • Grated coconut – ¼ cup
  • Garlic – 3 pearls
  • Tamarind – small gooseberry size
  • Cumin seeds – ¼ tsp
  • Mustard seeds – ½ tsp
  • Fenugreek seeds – ¼ tsp
  • Red chili powder – 1 tbsp
  • Coriander powder – ½ tsp
  • Turmeric powder – ¼ tsp
  • Salt – to taste
  • Sesame oil – 2 tbsp
  • Curry leaves a spring

fish kuzhambu

How to make fish kuzhambu with step by step images

fish kuzhambu

  1. Soak tamarind in water and extract thick tamarind juice from it. Clean fish well. Chop onion and tomato roughly.
    fish kuzhambu
  2. Heat oil in a pan, add chopped onion and saute for a minute then add chopped tomato and cook until it gets soft. Now add grated coconut in it. Mix well and put off the flame and allow the mixture to cool down.
    fish kuzhambu
  3. Now transfer the onion tomato mixture to a blender, add chili powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder and salt. Grind it into fine paste without adding water and keep it aside.
    fish kuzhambu
  4. Heat sesame oil in a kadai, add mustard seeds after it splutters add cumin seeds after it crackles add fenugreek seeds, curry leaves and garlic pearls. Saute garlic well until aromatic. Now add the ground paste in it and mix well. Allow it to cook for a minute.
    fish kuzhambu
  5.  Now add tamarind extract in it and mix well. When the mixture boils well and raw flavor of the tamarind extract has gone, add the fish pieces and allow it cook. Do not stir the mixture as the fish could break(It took 5 minutes for the fish to get cooked). Once the fish is cooked put off the flame and serve it hot with rice and fish fry!
    fish kuzhambu


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