- 500 grams Any fish of your choiceI used Seer Fish or Surmai
- 2 medium size Sliced onions
- 2 medium size Tomato pureeFresh puree will be best
- 200 grams Fresh creamWhole cream or low fat any one will do
- 100 grams or 1 cup Fresh yogurt
- 1 Bay leafTejpatta
- 3 Green cardamomChhoti Elaichi
- Few Curry leaves
- 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
- 2 tbsp Fish masalaor as per taste
For the marinade -
- 1 tsp black cumin seeds
- 1 tsp peppercornswhole
- 4 dry red chillies any medium spicy chilliIf using Kashmiri chilli then increase the number to 7 or 8
- 1 bulb of garlicpeeled and roughly chopped
Creamy Fish Masala Gravy is a different from the usual fish recipe that we end up preparing at home. Our love for eating fish, always makes me explore new ways of preparing fish. Fish curry and fried fish can be eaten any time in my household. We have usually made fish curries and served with boiled rice. But this time I want to share a recipe of fish masala, which is a thicker curry. This Creamy Fish Masala Gravy is my mother’s recipe and I remember helping her with this recipe when I was young. A pan seared fish in a rich creamy gravy served over a bowl of steamed rice, that’s a perfect meal on a lazy Sunday afternoon. I have made few revisions with my mother’s version and it tastes delicious.
In this creamy fish gravy, we have used king fish but any fish of your choice can be used. Full cream and yogurt add the richness to the gravy. You can use add chicken or any other meat to this gravy or any vegetable too. It is so creamy and tasty that it just enhances the taste of anything you add to it. So lets get started.
Roast the spices
Heat a griddle or a pan on a medium flame for 3 minutes. Then add black cumin seeds and peppercorns and dry roast them until fragrant . Then add red chillies and further roast for a minute more. Be careful while roasting chillies as the fragrance can get you coughing, So remember to open out your windows and switch on your exhaust fan before roasting the spices.
Marinate the fish
Prepare the pastes
Prepare the gravy
Heat 2 tbsp oil in the same pan/pot and add bay leaf, cardamom and curry leaves. Let this fry for a minute, then add onion paste. Fry the paste for 3 minutes, then add tomato puree and fry again for 3-4 minutes. Add turmeric powder and fish masala and fry for 2-3 more minutes. Then remove from flame. Let this mixture come to room temperature.
Then add cream and yogurt (beaten) and stir well. Then put it on a medium flame and bring to boil. Keep stirring at regular intervals. When oil starts leaving the sides of the pan/pot add 1 1/2 cups of hot water to it and bring to boil.
Add the fried fish pieces and cover and cook for 5-7 minutes or until fish is cooked. Then add fresh chopped coriander leaves and put of the flame.
Serve the fish