Monday, March 08, 2010

Sraavu / Shark Curry

How about some fish and rice for lunch ? If there is a good fish curry, then there is nothing more i need with rice.When i got some fresh sraavu from market, i remembered the sraavu curry amma used to prepare. The gravy had a slight mustard flavor to it and made the taste quite unique for this fish curry. I have not seen amma add mustard seeds that is ground with other ingredients, for any other fish curry. So this was special for sraavu curry. I called amma for the recipe and here it goes.


1 kilo- Shark, skinned & cut to small pieces
1 tsp - Red chili powder
1 tsp - Turmeric powder
2 to 4 - Green chili, slit in center
1/2 cup - Small onion, diced
2'' piece - Ginger, chopped
1 big lemon size - Tamarind
Few sprigs - Curry leaves
Salt to taste

To grind to a smooth paste

1/2 shell - Coconut grated
4 - Kashmiri dry whole chili
1.5 to 2 tsp - Mustard seeds


1 ) Extract 1 to 1.5 cup tamarind juice from the tamarind pulp, by soaking in water.

2 ) To a earthen pot add fish pieces, chili powder, turmeric powder, green chili, ginger, small onion, curry leaves, salt and enough water to immerse the fish in. Bring to a boil, simmer and cook till the fish is cooked.

3 ) Meanwhile, grind to a smooth paste, coconut and kashmiri chili with tamarind water. Then add mustard seeds and pulse two to three times to get the mustard seeds crushed. Just get the seeds crushed and not a paste.

4 ) Add the coconut paste to the fish and add more water if needed to get a semi- thick gravy consistency. Bring to a boil, simmer for a few minutes, add some curry leaves and pour some coconut oil on top. Take off the stove and serve hot.

Serve hot with rice and enjoy the meal.


Sushma Mallya said...

Hi pravs,colour of the gravy is too tempting and seems really delicious with full of flavours....and a very happy woman's day pravs

Happy Cook said...

I have not had sravvu curry in 20 years. Mom used to make this when ever sravy was available when i was living at home. LOoks so so yumm.

Pravs said...

Sushma : Thank you :) and wishing you a very happy woman's day too.

Pravs said...

Happy cook : So this post brought back memories for you :)

sayantani said...

heard a lot about shark curry but never prepared. the colour looks awesome.
Happy Womes day.

Suparna said...

hey pravs,
Happy woman's day!!
The shark curry looks bright and spicy...havent heard of it much in the Indian Kitchens...

Priya said...

Lipsmacking shark curry looks spicy and yumm!

Gulmohar said...

Oh that looks divine, Pravs..The boiled rice and curry made me so nostalgic...

Cham said...

Now I miss this fish after seeing ur pict! Beautiful!

ann said...

drooling over your curry Pravs..Looks like so yummy.We at home made it in a different way.with coriander more and with fried coconut.hey,would love to try this.(am visiting you often,though lazy commenting).Have a good day dear.

Pravs said...

Sayantani, suparna,Priya,Gulmohar,Cham : Thank you ladies :)

ann : happy to know you visit me often...but then i will be really, really happy to see your comments too :)
So with more coriander and fried coconut, it's more like a masala curry right ? can you give me details of how it is prepared ?

Nostalgia said...

Ayyo adipoli..ages since I had all this.. Looks great!

kothiyavunu said...

Nice recipe..We do something similar too. Though, I must admit,I haven't made it for a while now... you've just given me the inspiration :-)

PranisKitchen said...

Looks delicious..with kuthari rice sure it would be a wonderful meal.
Wonderful blog love to follow

bed frame amish said...

I have never tried eating shark. This is really interesting. Hope I can find some in the grocery.

Karishma said...

Hi Pravs, first time here at your some sraavu and making this sraavu curry for dinner tonight..googled and found your recipe right on top! great looking curry...nice blog you have here!

sudha said...

Hi. Had some sraavu at home and googled for a different recipe and got this one. made it for dinner with rice and everyone loved it. Thank you!!

Pravs said...

Sudha : Thank you so much for the feedback. Happy to know every one loved it :)