Fish Karahi

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Serves 4

The most delicious, flavourful and spicy fish karahi! Guaranteed that this will be the best curried fish recipe you will ever need! ;)

500 gm
fish fillet of your choice, cut into pieces
(marinate the fish for at least 2 hours in a paste made from half tsp each of salt and red chilli powder, quarter tsp garlic paste and juice of 1 lemon)
onions, chopped fine
tomatoes, chopped
3 tbsp
yoghurt, whipped
green chillies, chopped
1 tsp
garlic paste
1 tsp
ginger paste
salt to taste
1 tbsp
roasted whole coriander seeds, then crushed roughly
1 tsp
roasted whole cumin seeds, crushed
2 tsp
red chilli powder, adjust to taste
juice of half a lemon
some chopped coriander leaves
1/2 tsp
garam masala
oil as needed

Heat some oil and fry the fish pieces for 2-3 minutes on each side in batches, just to seal them up. Remove and set aside.

In a separate pan, add quarter cup of oil, fry the onions until almost golden, then add the ginger and garlic pastes and the crushed cumin and coriander. Fry for a few seconds then add the chopped tomatoes and cook on medium heat until the tomatoes are cooked and thick and the oil gets released from the sides. Add the whipped yoghurt and red chilli powder. Cook for a couple of minutes until the yoghurt is well-blended with the tomatoes, and then add the fish pieces and the green chills. Stir once, add the salt, lower the heat to very low, cover the pan tightly and let the fish cook for about 10 minutes.

Open the pan, mix the fish gently to avoid breaking the pieces, then sprinkle the coriander leaves, garam masala and squeeze in the fresh lemon juice. Simmer for a few seconds, then turn off the heat and serve hot! :)


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Yes that is fine.

der is no mention of turmeric powder in the marination and it ok if we add a bit?is roasted coriander n cumin 'powder' ok to use instead of crushed seeds?thanks in advance :)

Any substitute 4 yogurt?

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For this recipe you will need the yoghurt.

Salam Fauzia,
Can you tell me how many ppl does this recipe serve?

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2-3 people.

Asalam aleikum. can i serve with naan?

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W/salaam, yes you can.

i did cook with nan and rrice was WOW. many praises from my visitors. i told them all thanks to u. Allah barik

Hi, what would be the effect of using less oil (compared to a quarter cup)? Just want to ensure it doesn't drastically alter the outcome.

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The oil helps fry up the ingredients to give an excellent flavour and result, excess can later be drained off before serving.

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W/Salaam, fish masala has a different flavour from garam masala. You can try and see how it turns out.

Asa. How do I marinade with frozen fish fillets? You have to cook this fish from frozen.. JazakAllah khayr x

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Allow the fish to come to room temperature before marinating and cooking.

ASA can you plz tell which fish do u use and do u buy frozen or fresh..?? Which fish taste more better.. Thank u

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I always prefer fresh.

asak...pls can u tell me which fish works best for this recipe?

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W/Salaam, any clean white boneless fish like king fish or parrot fish or red snapper.

I tried with tilapia but it was hard to handle, it broke. Please suggest a fish that will taste perfect. Want boneless fish since I have kids

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Please refer to previous comments.

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Tastes really nice. Everybody loved it. Gonna make it again today. Thnx

What is garam masala?

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All spice powder.

Salam Fauzia

I am making fish for the first time. Just little worried about the smell. Will marinating it in ingredients mentioned will remove the smell too?


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W/Salaam, it should not smell unless the fish is not fresh. :)

Simply delicious!

Dear Fauzia A/salam,
I think I use your website more than I check my mails or weather reports. I was reluctant to make this as we always have had only fried and baked versions of fish but today i made this and I couldn't believe something can be so yummy. I used frozen sea bass but next time am going to use my husbands fresh catch from the ice fishing. Yes our rivers in Canada our frozen and people like hubby love ice fishing. Anyways you are simply out of this world. next on the menu our your rose rolls and fish biryani. will inform you how they turned out. Jazakallah Khair.

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W/Salaam, thank you so much for that lovely feedback!

Yum yum yum!!! Just made it and it was awesome. Also I will second the comment above that your website is ALWAYS open on my laptop... made so many things and they turn out brilliantly. Also made Kenyan Sponge Cake which was supreme. Thank you for making cooking such a pleasure :)

Simply delicious! Thanks for posting such great recipes, cooking made easy!!!! I am no longer afraid to try new things thanks to your detailed instructions

can I use white fish fillet for dis recipe? I have just shifted to Dubai so can u pls recommend some names of fish I could use as I am clueless on dis..

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Hi, yes you can use white fish fillet or any good firm fish fillet of your choice. Some types that I use often are parrot fish and red snapper.

Asalamalaikum Fauzia,actually from so many days im trying to contact u but was unable to,anyways i actually wanted to appreciate all ur recipes and they are marvelous and so so yummy mashallah sey,i have tried all ur recipes whether its cake buns desserts starters maincourse or seafood...mashallah mashallah,my all family loves whatever i make by ur recipe..hope to get reply from u..u can reply me on my id

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W/Salaam, thank you so much for your lovely message, very happy to know the recipes are turning out well for you. Our email address is