Fish curry using sambar powder recipe

Recipe Categories: Sea food recipes
Preparation Time : 20 min Cooking Time : 15 min Serves : 4

Fish curry using sambar powder is a tangy tasty Simple fish curry, goes good with rice, idli or dosa’s, It is a tamarind and coconut based south Indian style traditional fish curry made using sambar powder, an quick and easy to make recipe, a traditional south Karnataka recipe followed from generations, which goes good for both river fish or sea fish, do try and enjoy as a side dish for rice, ragi mudde, idli or dosa’s.


River fish or sea fish – 1 kg

To grind –

Coconut – 1/2 cup roughly chopped or grated

Poppy seeds – 1/2 tsp

Roasted gram – 1 tbs

Onion – 2 no’s chopped roughly

Coriander – 1 small bunch

Garlic – 1 whole peeled

Sambar powder – 2 tbs

Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp

Tamarind – big lemon size ball

For seasoning –

Mustard – 1/2 tsp

Methi seeds – 1/4 tsp

Crushed garlic – 4 – 5 no’s

Curry leaves – 2 spring

Onion – 2 tbs chopped

Other ingredients – 

Salt to taste

Oil – 2 tbs




Rinse fish for 2 to 3 times in water, drain the water in it , add 1 tsp of salt, toss it well and set aside.

Soak tamarind in lukewarm water for 15 min, squeeze it and remove the waste from it and keep ready.


Add coconut, poppy seeds, roasted gram, grind without adding water until all the ingredients gets powdered, then add garlic, onion, coriander (rinsed) add water to grind and make a fine paste, finally add turmeric and sambar powder, grind it and keep ready


Heat a vessel by adding oil in it, when it is hot add mustard, allow it to sizzle in oil, add methi fry for a while, add crushed garlic and curry leaves, fry until you get a nice aroma, then add chopped onion, fry until it turns to translucent.


Add ground masala into it, saute, combine to a medium thick in consistency by adding water as required.


Bring the curry to boil, add salt to taste, when it begins to boil add tamarind juice into it.


Boil the curry for 6 min, add fish into, stir once so that all the fish slices get immersed in the curry, boil it for 5 min, remove from the flame, rest it for 15 min before you serve.


Traditional fish curry using sambar powder is ready to serve. Enjoy as a side dish for ragi mudde, rice, idli or dosa’s.


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2 Responses to “Fish curry using sambar powder recipe”

  1. FRANK RIOS says:

    can i get on your mailer?
    and send me recipes or where to buy these spices.
    im in ontario, calif

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