Kudampuli Fish Curry: Kerala- Kottayam Special

The taste of Upper Kuttanad, Kerala is world famous with its Kudampuli Fish curry made by people of Kottayam. Once you taste the delicious  spicy recipe with a combination of hot mashed tapioca you will never forget the flavour and will eat again whenever you visit the God’s own country. Today I would like to unlock the secrets of making Kerala -Kottayam Special Fish curry with Kudampuli.





  1. Fish – 3/4 kg ( Clean and cut the fish fillets to medium-small sized pieces)

  2. Ginger – 2 tbsp, thinly sliced or chopped

  3. Garlic – 2 tbsp, slice if the garlic flakes are large

  4. Shallots – 5-6, thinly sliced (Optional)

  5. Green chilly – 1, slit (Optional)

  6. Kudam puli – 2 – 3 or to taste (Wash and soak them in 1/2 cup warm water for at least 15 mts. Tear into small pieces)

  7. Curry leaves – 2 – 3 sprigs

  8. Chilly powder – 2 – 2.5 tbsp (Adjust according to your spice tolerance. Use Kashmiri chilli powder to make it less spicy.)

  9. Coriander powder – 2 – 3 tsp

  10. Fenugreek powder/uluva podi – 1/4 tsp

  11. Turmeric powder –  1/2 tsp

  12. Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp

  13. Dry red chilly – 1

  14. Coconut oil – 2.5 tbsp or as required (Use more oil if you are not using coriander powder)

  15. Salt – To taste

  16. Hot water –  1.5 – 2 cups or as needed



Make a paste of the chilly powder, coriander powder, fenugreek powder and turmeric powder in little water (around 1.5 – 2 tbsp) and keep aside.

Step 2:

Heat 2 – 2.5 tbsp coconut oil in a claypot/meen chatti or a deep pan at medium heat and splutter the mustard seeds. Fry the dry red chilly and add the ginger, garlic, pearl onions, green chilli,curry leaves and saute until they turn golden. Bring down the heat and add the chili–coriander-fenugreek-turmeric paste. Saute for a minute (take care not to burn it) or until the oil starts appearing on the surface.

Step 3:

Now add about 1.5 – 2 cups hot water, salt and the kudampuli pieces. Bring it to a boil, check for salt and add the fish pieces. If the gravy is not sour enough, add some water in which the kudampuli pieces were soaked.

Step 4:

After adding the fish pieces swirl the clay pot to mix everything well.  Bring to a boil and cover with a lid. Cook at medium-low flame. Remember to rotate the meen chatti or pan every 6-8 mts. It generally takes less than 20 mts to cook the fish.

Step 5:

Cook until the fish gets done and the gravy is medium-thick.  Taste-check the gravy, Add some curry leaves and 2 tsp of coconut oil for an extra taste and aroma. If there is a lot of gravy, cook for a few more minutes at medium flame without covering it.

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Food Combinations with Fish Curry

Kudampuli Fish curry is best with rice, Mashed Tapioca, Idli/Dosa or Appam.The real taste is get when the curry is kept for one day in the Earthen Pot, Fish curry will be mouthwatering with all spices and ingredients correctly spreaded on the gravy and fish pieces ,thus even the kudumpully tastes like a real fish piece by the effect of good gravy. Now many hotels serve Fish curry meals and Tapioca as their special item ,food delivery apps open up the possibilities of reaching fish curry served at home within a particular circle of area. If you want to experiment the taste of kottayam let’s try this recipe ,for more information buy online food products in India  recipe books and refer or just google youtube videos on Fish curry cooking.


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