Kerala Restaurant Style Fish Curry - Choora curry - Tuna curry - Kera curry
Kerala Restaurant Style Fish Curry - Choora curry - Tuna curry - Kera curry

We can make Kerala style fish curry in many ways, with or without coconut. This is a bright red color, tangy restaurant style fish curry made with coconut milk. We can use finely ground coconut paste also for this fish curry.

I’ve already shared many recipes in this blog with and without coconut.

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  1. Either use finely ground coconut paste (Grind coconut with 2 1/2 to 3 cups water) or coconut milk. To make the coconut milk – Grind the coconut with 2 1/2 to 3 cups of water and  squeeze out the coconut milk. No need to separate first and second extract of coconut milk. Such way, coconut milk won’t split while making the fish curry.
  2. Make this fish curry in the evening, keep overnight and serve next day.
  3. This curry can be keep outside for 2 days if handled properly like boil the curry in the morning and the evening and kept in a hygienic place without using wet spoons (if made in a clay pot).
  4. The fish curry gravy will be thickening over time.
  5. Use some pieces of tomato if you wish while making this fish curry.
  6. We are not using ginger and garlic in this recipe, still you can experiment by adding chopped ginger and/ or garlic.
  7. Clay pots are the best to make this fish curry.
  8. You can choose any type of fish to make this curry like  Tuna, Mackerel, King fish, Salmon, Cobia, River fishes etc.

Best combination

  1. Boiled Cassava (Kappa Vevichathu)
  2. Puttu
  3. Rice
  4. Dosa

Kerala restaurant style fish curry recipe | Choora (Tuna) fish curry

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Serves: 8 Prep Time: Cooking Time:


  • 1. Fish - 500 gms (Cut into small pieces
  • 2. Freshly grated coconut - 1 Cup (Or 3 Cups Coconut milk) - Refer notes
  • 3. Shallots (Chuvannulli) - 10 Nos (Sliced)
  • 4. Dried gamboge fruit (Kudampuli) - 4 Medium pieces
  • 5. Green chili (Pachamulak)- 2 Nos (Slitted)
  • 6. Curry leaves - 2 Sprigs
  • 7. Fenugreek powder (Uluva podi) - 1/4 Teaspoon
  • 8. Turmeric powder (Manjalpodi) - 1/2 Teaspoon
  • 9. Coriander powder (Mallipodi) - 1/2 Teaspoon
  • 10. Red chili powder (Mulakpodi) - 2 1/2 Tablespoon
  • 11. Coconut oil - 2 Tablespoon
  • 12. Salt - To taste


1. Heat a Clay pot and add coconut oil.
2. When oil is heated up add shallots and salt. Saute till shallots are soft in medium flame.
3. Add dried gamboge fruit, green chilis and curry leaves and saute till fragrant.
4. Reduce the flame very low then add fenugreek powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder and red chili powder one by one and saute till raw smell goes off. Don’t let it burn.
5. Add coconut milk and boil. When boiled,  add cleaned fish pieces and cook in medium flame for 10 minutes.
6. Reduce the flame to low and cook for 5 more minutes and switch off the flame.
7. Add a sprig of curry leaves and keep the pot half opened to let the oil separate on top.