Goan Fish Curry – Mandeli Curry

by maria updated August 29, 2014

Goan Fish Curry, How to make goan fish curry: Goan fish curry made with golden anchovies , recipe comes from mothers treasure-bank! This is a traditional goan curry made with fish called mandeli. Mandeli are nothing but golden colors small fish found abundantly in Indian. The english name for mandeli are golden anchovies. Few days back I had posted Goan prawn curry which is quite similar to this curry. But few spices and ingredients are different for this golden fish curry. To know more check the recipe details right at the bottom of the page.

Goan fish curry made with golden anchovies , recipe comes from mothers treasure-bank! This is a traditional goan curry made with fish called mandeli. Mandeli are nothing but golden colored small fish found abundantly in Indian. The english name for mandeli are golden anchovies. Few days back I had posted Goan prawn curry which is quite similar to this curry. But few spices and ingredients are different for this golden fish curry. To know more check the recipe details right at the bottom of the page.

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You could use any fish for this curry like mackerels, shark fish, pomfret etc. Fish curries with steamed rice looks like match made in heaven. They taste also too good together. I also love to dip pao (bread) in my curries.

We ate our fish curry with fried golden anchovies and rice. Sea food is my weak side, I just flip over sea food. Coming back to the curry it’s quite simple to make and tastes best after few hours. It’s made with basic ingredients easily found in your kitchen. We prefer medium spiced food however if you love hot food then add some more red chilies.

Goan Fish Curry step by step recipe follows:

One important thing buy fresh fish. Clean them and remove their head, tail and with the help of knife remove their scales and fins. You could cut them at home Or from the vendor.

Firstly marinate the fish with salt for 5-10 mins.

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Grind the curry paste with little water until smooth and blended nicely. Take a deep pan add oil, once oil is hot add chopped onion. Saute until they are light brown in color.

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Now add the grounded curry paste.

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Saute for 2-3 mins.

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Add water as per consistency desired.

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Now time to add green chilies and kokam.

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Put the marinated fish with salt and teppal spice in the curry.

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Allow to cook until fish cooks and the curry starts leaving oil. Lastly add salt for seasoning.  Taste and alter any spice if required. Garnish with coriander leaves.

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Serve the curry hot with steamed rice or bread

To know more about Sichuan pepper (teppal spice) click here.

Goan Fish Curry printable version below:

Goan Fish Curry - Mandeli Curry
 
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Indian, Goan
Serves: 20 mins
Ingredients (used american measuring cup, 1 cup = 250 ml)
  • 12-13 golden anchovies (mandeli)
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • ½ onion chopped finely
  • 2 green chilies chopped lengthwise
  • 2 cups of water or as consistency required
  • 5-6 kokam
  • 3-4 teppal spice (sichuan pepper)
  • sea salt or salt as per taste
  • few chopped coriander leaves for garnish
  • For the curry paste:1/2 fresh coconut grated
  • 1.5 tbsp coriander seed
  • 5-6 dry kashmiri red chilies
  • ½ onion chopped
  • 1 t/s turmeric powder
  • 10-12 garlic cloves
  • ½ t/s fenugreek seed (methi dana)
Instructions
  1. Firstly marinate the fish with salt for 5-10 mins.
  2. Grind the curry paste with little water until smooth and blended nicely. Take a deep pan add oil, once oil is hot add chopped onion. Saute until they are light brown in color.
  3. Now add the grounded curry paste. Saute for 2-3 mins.
  4. Add water as per consistency desired.
  5. Now time to add green chilies and kokam.
  6. Put the marinated fish with salt and teppal spice in the curry.
  7. Allow to cook until fish cooks and the curry starts leaving oil.
  8. Lastly add salt for seasoning. Taste and alter any spice if required. Garnish with coriander leaves.
  9. Serve the curry hot with steamed rice or bread.
Notes
Curry consistency should be no too thin so add water accordingly.
For variation you could add curry leaves and tomatoes.
If kokam isn't available use tamarind pulp instead.

 


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Natty Dias August 29, 2014 at 10:33 am

I cook Goan fish curries often. I noticed u haven’t mentioned cummin seeds in the mandeli fish curry? Don’t u use it in fish curries? In my mandeli curry, I rub the onion with salt instead of frying it.

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maria August 29, 2014 at 1:41 pm

Natty cumin seed we use in fish curries but not used for this curry. Being a goan we all have a lot of variations in our dishes. You could cumin seed as well it’s optional for this curry. Hope this helps you :) take care.

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