black-pomfret-curryBLACK POMFRET CURRY ആവോലി കറി is an authentic Kerala style mildly spiced fish curry using fresh Black Pomfret cooked in a ground coconut based gravy. This is a good accompaniment with boiled rice.


  • Black Pomfret (ആവോലി) – 500 gms
  • Red Chilli powder – 1 tbsp
  • Turmeric powder – ¼ tsp
  • Coriander powder – 1 tsp
  • Fenugreek powder – 1 pinch
  • Ginger, finely chopped – 2 tbsp
  • Garlic – 3 cloves, finely chopped
  • Green Chilli – 4 nos., slit
  • Shallots – 4 nos., sliced
  • Curry Leaves – a few
  • Grated Coconut – ½ coconut
  • Gambooge (Kudampuli) – 4 pieces
  • Coconut Oil – 2 tbsp
  • Salt – as required


  • Clean and drain the fish, cut them into medium sizes and keep aside.
  • Grind together the grated Coconut, Red Chilli powder, Coriander powder, Turmeric powder, and Fenugreek powder with little water to make a smooth paste.
  • Heat 1 tbsp Coconut Oil in a pan (preferably in a Clay Pot), add Fenugreek seeds followed by the Shallots, Ginger, Garlic, Curry Leaves and sauté till the oil separates.
  • Add ground Coconut masala paste, Gambooge (kudampuli) and 1 cup of water and let to boil.
  • When the water starts boiling, add the Fish pieces and Salt.
  • Add enough water to immerse the fish pieces and cook on low heat.
  • When the Fish pieces are almost cooked, increase the heat and continue cooking till the gravy thickens and the oil gets separate at the side of the pan.
  • Add 1 tbsp Coconut Oil, few more Curry Leaves and gently mix it
  • Serve hot with rice.

Recipe No. 167

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