You can fry it, steamed it in a banana leaf or make a curry
Tamarind, black pepper and coconut milk are common ingredients used
For a true blue foodie, Kerala is a land of crisp banana chips, rich coconut payasam and fragrant fish curries. Blessed with endless miles of coastline, Kerala and its love for fish is not surprising and you'll have to agree that using fresh produce can totally transform your dish. Fresh fish is simple yet so rustic and with the abundance of spices grown in Kerala, some of the best fish preparations are part of their cuisines. In most Kerala homes, the catch of the day, fresh from the sea, is delivered at the doorstep every morning. It is a staple that accompanies every meal.
From the juicy Pomfret to the delicate Sardines, a variety of fresh fish is enjoyed in Kerala in many forms and flavours. Be it fried fish or a tangy curry, with the pungent kick of black pepper or creaminess of coconut milk. The wealth of seafood in Kerala is worth exploring and if you can't make it to God's own country anytime soon, we've pulled out the most authentic Kerala fish recipes that you can try and enjoy at home.
A brilliant fish curry from the southernmost tip of India. The best part is that this curry is made without a drop of oil! The curry is spiced with fresh black pepper (you get the best variety in Kerala) and turmeric.
A beautiful and bright yellow fish stew that goes best with steamed rich which is a staple in Kerala. Unlike other fish curries, this one has a creamy taste and texture because of the use of coconut milk.
A simple fish curry made with traditional ingredients like fresh coconut paste, tamarind, black pepper, mustard seeds and curry leaves.
Fish curry made with the best South Indian ingredients.
8. Fish Mappas Recipe by Chef Laiju Jameson, Taj Kumarakom, Kerala
Another traditional fish curry from Kerala where the fish pieces are cooked in coconut milk and coconut along. The curry is creamy yet tangy with the use of tomatoes and kokum fruits.
A tangy curry with tomatoes and kokum fruits.
You're now all set to impress everyone with your culinary skills. Here's a quick tip to remember while buying whole fish - look for bright and clear eyes. Fish with dull eyes may be safe to eat but it may not be as fresh.