Varutharacha Ayala Curry

Varutharacha ayala curry


1. Ayala / Indian mackerel – 1 kg

2. Coconut oil – 1.5 tbsp

3. Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp

    Dried red chilies – 2, broken

4. Ginger – 2 tp, finely chopped

    Garlic – 3 cloves, finely chopped

    Pearl onions – 5, sliced

    Green chilies – 3 – 4, slit

5. Kudam puli / gamboge – 4 (Soak them in warm water for 15 minutes and tear into small pieces)

   Curry leaves – 1 sprig

6. Salt – To taste

To roast

7. Grated coconut – 1 cup, heaped

8. Kashmiri chilly powder – 4 tsp

   Coriander powder – 2 tsp

   Fenugreek powder / uluva podi – 1/8 tsp


1. In a pan at medium-high heat, roast grated coconut until golden-brown stirring continuously. Bring down the heat to low and add chilly powder, coriander powder and fenugreek powder. Stir for a minute and switch off. Cool down and grind to a very fine paste adding little water.

2. Heat 1.5 tbsp coconut oil in a meen chatti / clay pot. Splutter mustard seeds and fry dry red chilies. Add ginger, garlic, pearl onions and saute for 3 – 4 minutes until pearl onions change color. Add ground coconut paste, kudam puli pieces, around 1.5 cup water and enough salt. Bring to a boil and cook for a minute. Add the fish pieces. Cover and cook for about 20 minutes or until the fish pieces are done and gravy is medium-thick. Add a tsp of coconut oil and a few curry leaves. Serve after 30 minutes with hot rice and other side-dishes. This tastes best the next day.

Varutharacha ayala curry

Maya Akhil

Wife, Mother, Blogger and above all, an ardent lover of good food. I cook, serve, and eat with almost the same passion. The divine aroma that fills the kitchen when I cook or bake is simply what keeps me going!

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  • Hi,,,,, i tried this curry…….. came out well …… very tasty very yummyyyyyyy
    thanx for sharing i hope more fis dishes thank you

  • I totally just love your website.. Before I got married I swear I dint know how to even peel an onion… But now… Making ur recipes my husband says I am an excellent cook!
    Thank u!!

  • Hi maya,
    Drooling over this fish curry. Really want to make this one. What is Ayala called here in the U.S.? And where do you get it here in Seattle ?

  • Very nice and spicy. Me and wifey wanted to experiment something on the weekend. When we were done with dinner, realized that we just cooked the Ayala curry that tasted as good as the one that served at the popular Malayali restaurants in Bangalore. Thanks for the recipe. Cheers!

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