Sunday, March 28, 2010

Quick Ayala (Mackerel) curry (Serves 4)

No malayalee might need an introduction to Ayala/mackerel curry. This is one of those very few non vegetarian curries where we would not have to sacrifice nutritional benefits for taste. Here is a recipe that shows you how this unique Kerala style curry is prepared...

Ayala (Mackerel) 1 lb
Ginger ½ inch piece, finely chopped
Kudam puli (Cambodge) 4 nos
Green chilly 2 nos, finely chopped
Red chilly powder 2 tsp
Coriander powder 1 tsp
Turmeric powder ¼ tsp
Thin coconut milk 1 ½ cup
Thick coconut milk 1 cup
Salt as needed

For Tempering

Shallots 4 nos, thinly sliced
Curry leaves a handful
Coconut oil 2 tsp


Clean and cut the fish to small pieces. Mix together red chilly powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, green chilly, ginger and salt with little water to make a paste. Add the fish and coat well with the masala paste. Keep aside for 10-15 minutes at room temperature.

Cook the marinated fish in thin coconut milk in a pan (preferably a clay pot) on medium heat. Add the cambodge to this and cook until the thin coconut milk gets ¾ reduced. At this stage add the thick coconut milk and allow this to come to a boil. Adjust salt, if needed. Switch off the flame and keep covered.

In a pan, heat oil and sauté shallots and curry leaves till golden brown. Add it to the fish curry and enjoy hot with rice.


Do not use spoon/ladle to mix the fish curry, always hold the pan from sides and rotate to mix

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  1. liked ur spicy fish with curry leaf wings very much...u very creative!!!...

  2. adipoli.kothiyavunnu....super click

  3. Beautiful presentation and pics! Love your ayala curry..

  4. This is so yummy, I love fish and beautiful pic too...

  5. My fav curry...Looks delicious dear..

  6. Fantastic fish curry, looks mouthwatering..congrats on ur award..

  7. awesome presentation! ayala serikum nalla big anello ..ivide kanilla itrem valya ayala...curry ugran ayitunde...

  8. love ur fish curry and congrats on the award!!.. am following u now...

  9. enthina ee pavathinai enganai kothipikkunai koothukarai!

  10. ayyyooooo
    super curry!!!!! ente daivame enne angu kollu....ippo chorum meen curryum venam :)

  11. adipoli curry....vaayil

  12. kothippikkalle.........adipoli clicks...

  13. kidilam curry... adipoli ayitundu ketto

  14. I love the name of the blog and the authors!

    A fav curry of mine...Spicier the better

  15. i love all the fish curry...kurachu choru curryum kittyirunnankill ennu uchakku choru undakkandayirunnu...

  16. Congrads on your award. You have a lovely blog. Fish curry looks very tempting. Following you...

  17. woww...delicious curry...superb snap.. :)

  18. Congrats on ur awards ladies, love fish curry cooked in coconut milk, I will try this, beautiful click !!

  19. Congrat , i just love ayala and i think every malayali loves this fish.

  20. First time to your blog !! you have a lovely collection !!

  21. Nalla ugran curry! It's my first time here...nice blog :)

  22. aaadyam ayala curry vechu nokkatte.. ennittu comment idaave.........


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