Malabar Fish Curry/Fish Curry
Kerala-style fish curry
Alternative namesFish curry
Place of originIndia
Associated cuisineIndia, Sri Lanka
Main ingredientsSardines, curry, vegetables (okra or onions); rice or tapioca

Malabar matthi curry, also known as fish curry, is an Indian and Goan dish. It consists of sardines semi-stewed in a Kerala-style curry with assorted vegetables, such as okra or onions. It is usually served with rice or tapioca. The dish is most popular in Kerala, Goa, and Sri Lanka, where rice and fish are staple foods. Other variations may include adding tamarind juice or coconut milk.


The origins of the modern dish can be traced back to Tamil Nadu and Kerala.[1]


Kerala spicy fish curry
Tamarind Andhra fish curry

Fish curries are also eaten in Sri Lanka[2] and other countries. The dish is also mass-produced, processed and packaged in cans and flexible pouches for consumer purchase.[3][4]

See also


  1. ^ Jacob, Hena; Pushpanath, Salim (2005). Flavours of Kerala. Dee Bee Info Publications. pp. 40–41. ISBN 9788188000074. Retrieved February 21, 2012. ISBN 8188000078
  2. ^ Solomon, Charmaine (1976). The Complete Asian Cookbook. McGraw-Hill. ISBN 9780804837576. Retrieved February 21, 2012. ISBN 0070596360
  3. ^ Gopal, T.K.Srinivasa; Vijayan, P.K; Balachandran, K.K; Madhavan, P.; Iyer, T.S.G (2001). "Traditional Kerala style fish curry in indigenous retort pouch". Food Control. 12 (8): 523–527. doi:10.1016/S0956-7135(01)00058-5.
  4. ^ Shankar, C. N. Ravi; et al. (January–February 2002). "Studies on heat processing and storage of seer fish curry in retort pouches". Packaging Technology and Science. 15: 3–7. doi:10.1002/pts.560.

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