Coconut Fish Curry

coconut fish curry
A Konkani style fish curry made of coconut and few roasted spices.  This type of gravy called as Kande Ambat in Konkani is used for cooking both veggies and sea food.  Today I cooked this Mashli (Fish) Ambat with a local fish Tilapia and it turned out great.

Fish - about 1 pound
Grated Coconut (fresh or frozen) - 1 cup
Coriander Seeds/Dhane - 1 tbsp
Dry Red Chillies (Byadagi variety) - 5
Tamarind/Chincham - about 1/2 tsp
Turmeric/Haldi - 1/4 tsp
Onion - 1 small
Green Chilli - 1 or 2

How to cook Konkani Mashli Ambat:
  • Finely chop onions and slit the green chilli lengthwise.
  • Roast coriander seeds in about 1 tsp oil until they slightly darken and turn aromatic.  Roast the dry red chillies too till they turn crisp.
mashli ambat
  • Grind roasted coriander seeds, roasted red chillies, tamarind, turmeric and coconut to a fine paste.  Add about 1 cup water while grinding.
  • Heat about 2 tsp oil in a kadhai/wok.  Add onions and green chilli.  Saute until onions soften.  Now add the ground coconut paste, salt and bring it to a boil.  Lastly, add the fish pieces.  Cook it covered until fish is cooked.  Stir carefully so that the fish pieces remain intact.
  • I used Tilapia fish for this curry.  You can use any fish of your choice.
Serve Coconut Fish Curry with steamed rice.


  1. this konkani style fish curry is looking delicious

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