King Fish / Ayakoora Mulakittathu


1/2 kg king fish/ ayakoora
1 big onion, sliced
2 medium tomatoes, chopped
3-4 green chillies, slit
1 tbsp garlic, crushed
1 tbsp ginger, crushed
small lemon sized tamarind
1 tbsp kashmiri chilli powder
1/2 tsp coriander powder
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1/4 tsp fenugreek seeds
2 sprig curry leaves
salt to taste
2 tbsp oil ( coconut oil )


  1. Clean and cut the fish into pieces and keep it aside.
  2. Soak tamarind in 1 cup of warm water , extract its juice and keep it aside.
  3. Heat oil in a pan or manchatti / clay pot and splutter mustard seeds and fenugreek seeds.
  4. Add sliced onion and green chillies and saute well until transparent.
  5. Add crushed ginger, garlic and curry leaves and saute until the raw smell goes.
  6. Reduce the flame and add chilli powder, coriander powder and turmeric powder and saute for a minute.
  7. Add chopped tomato and saute until soft.
  8. Then add tamarind water and salt and cook for 3 minutes in low flame. Add 1 cup of hot water to this, mix well and cook for another 5 minutes.
  9. Add cleaned fish pieces and cook covered for 8-10 minutes on medium flame until the gravy thickens..
  10. Finally add 1 tsp of coconut oil and few curry leaves on top. Switch off the flame and keep covered for at least 1 hour before serving…..


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