Recipes - Mackerels Red Thick Curry


4 big mackerels
1 big tomato
1 Onion
3 green chilies
2 ” ginger
2 tsp. coriander
½ tsp. jeera
½ tsp. turmeric powder
¼ tsp. methi
2 tsp. grated coconut
Lime sized tamarind
10 long red chilies
2 tbsp. oil
¼ tsp mustard
1 sprig curry leaves


Clean mackerels and cut into 2 pieces and set aside. Dry roast coriander, jeera, methi, coconut and red chilies separately. Grind the roasted ingredients along with turmeric, ginger and tamarind into a fine paste.

Heat oil in a heavy bottomed vessel and splutter mustard.  Add curry leaves and masala paste along with chopped onion, tomato and green chilies. When the masala boils add mackerel pieces and cook for about 10 minutes or until cooked on slow fire. Add salt as per taste. Keep the gravy thick. Serve hot with steamed rice or rotis of your choice.

Editor’s note: Chilies may be adjusted according to your taste.

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  • Lancy Saldanha, Mangalore / Bangalore

    Thu, Aug 10 2023

    Nice recipe. I tried it last week and it turned out just yummy. I am doing the same again today. Its easy and without much hassles, just quick...Thank you. :-)

  • Beatrice Lewis, Mangalore

    Thu, Oct 20 2022

    Thank you Benedicta for the recipe, a different version but love the taste. Yummy!!

  • Roshni, Mangalore/Kuwait

    Wed, Mar 27 2013

    Can anyone send the recipe for typical Mangalorean type Sardines (Tarle) curry please.....

  • Pramitha Dsouza, Mangalore/Dubai

    Wed, Aug 17 2011

    Hi Benedicta,
    Perfect recipe....I prepared as per your recipe.........taste was tooo good... thanks for the recipe......keep posting new recipes...

  • Antony Crasta, Mangalore/Sydney, Australia

    Thu, Feb 04 2010

    Sounds good!. Must try this recipe one of these days. Also, noted Editor`s note that chillies may be adjusted according to one`s taste, for it appears that 3 green chillies and 10 long red chillies will be too many for the curry of 4 mackerels!? I could be wrong though!.

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