How to make Mackerel Fish Curry | Ayala Meen curry? No

Malabar FIsh Curry 1

Wishing you all a Happy New Year 2022, from the last couple of years it wasn’t easy for many of us. By Gods grace we are thankful for the wonderful time in the pandemic situations. I couldn’t consist my post during the pandemic time. Online classes and WFH makes a messy lifestyle. For home-maker like me it will be a hard time to look back. Hoping for a bright and Prosperous year ahead.

Let me start with todays post, While thinking back to start my blog journey again, I couldn’t resist this post, its all about Fish curry. I have shared few fish curry types in my page, still this malabar style Ayala meen curry is a must share recipe.

Mackerel fish or Ayala meen  is a common fish variety in all over the wide of seashores. Seafood eaters will be very familiar with this common fish.

Fish is the easy and quick to make non-veg dish. We have no boundaries towards seafoods, it’s a full pack of nutrients which we want for our daily basis. Fish curry, fish fry, fish puttu, fish kootu, fish aviyal, fish roast, and the list will be endless as like the fish varieties. 

Ayala is a very soft and fleshy fish, rich with Omega-3 as well. In this post I have shared a ver easy and common South Indian Fish curry, the curry is very close to malabar fish curry style. 

Other “Fish” recipes from this page

Picture instruction

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 Take a piece of peeled ginger and green chilli in a mixer 

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Crush them to a coarse paste

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In the same mixer take coconut, turmeric powder and chilli powder, add enough water 

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Grind this masala to a fine paste 

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Take the cleaned fish in a pan, here I’m using clay pot, which gives a natural flavour and taste. 

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Add the grounded masala 

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Add in the tamarind water 

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Add in the crushed green chilli and ginger paste and salt 

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Add enough water to the curry.

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Boil this in medium high flame for 10 mins 

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Add the curry leaves once the curry starts to boil 

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Simmer the curry for 15 mins

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In a pan heat oil, add mustard, methi seeds 

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Add chopped onions and curry leaves, fry them till the onions turn golden brown in colour 

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Add the tadka and close the curry for 10 mins

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Ayala Meen curry is ready to serve with hot steaming rice. 

Mackerel Fish curry | Ayala Meen Curry

Recipe Cuisine: South Indian  |  Recipe Category: Seafood
Prep Time: 10 mins   |  Cook time: 30 mins    Serves: 4



Mackerel Fish  500 gms 
Green Chilli  2 nos 
Ginger  1″
Coconut  1/2 cup 
Turmeric Powder  1/2 tsp 
Red Chilli Powder  1 tsp 
Salt  as needed 
Tamarind water  1 cup 
Curry Leaves  1 spring 

Tempering Ingredients

Coconut oil  2 tsp 
Mustard  1/2 tsp 
Methi Seeds 1/4 tsp 
Onion  3 tsp (Chopped)
Curry Leaves  2 springs 



  • Wash, clean the fish and set aside
  • In a mixer jar take ginger and green chilli, ground them to a coarse paste and set aside.
  • In the same mixer take coconut, turmeric powder, chilli powder and required water to ground a smooth paste.
  • Transfer the cleaned fish to the pan, along with the fish add the grounded coconut paste, green chilli paste, tamarind water and salt.
  • Adjust the gravy by adding 1 cup of water if needed. 
  • Cover and cook this for 15-20 mins in high flame, add a spring of curry leaves and simmer for 5-8 mins. 
  • Heat a pan with coconut oil, temper with mustard seeds, methi seeds, once the seeds get popped add in the chopped onion, curry leaves and fry till the onions turn brown in colour. 


    • If you want a Rich taste curry, then add some more coconut while grounding the masala. If you add more coconut then adjust the water accordingly to get the gravy consistency. 
    • Adjust the spice level to your taste bud. 
    • Fish curry should have a neutral taste with tamarind, chilli powder and salt, if any of the taste is dominating then adjust accordingly. 
    • Using coconut oil will enhance the flavour of the gravy. 

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“Mackerel Fish Gravy”

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