Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Fish Keema Curry- Mach'er Keema

As you all know this week is fish week in Spice and Curry. We have been making this fish keema curry for quite a while now. It started with Rui fish back home but as we travel more, our fish also gets changed. We have been making this with the local fish available here in supermarkets. I know there is no comparison between fresh fish and frozen fish but when you don’t have much choice then you have to make it up better whatever you have in your hands.

We have been getting white fish fillets from our local supermarkets here, well frozen of course.
Fish fillets that are boneless and skinless works best for keema recipe. However if you are living in India, then you have to do it in your home all by yourself. But the taste and the final result are incomparable even that means some extra time in kitchen.

Few years back I have blogged about a mach’er pakoda recipe with rui fish –Fish Fritters .That’s really another great way of eating fish other than Fish jhol/jhaal or curry.

Now to the recipe

Fish Keema Curry

Recipe requirements
4 white fish fillets if using frozen then thawed
2 medium size onions
2 -3 garlic
Half an inch ginger
4 green chilly
1 tsp of ground red pepper
½ tsp of ground turmeric
2 tsp of ground coriander powder
1 tsp of ground garam masala
3-4 tbs of cooking oil
Salt as per taste

  1. Thaw the fish fillets. Marinate them with little bit of turmeric powder and salt.
  2. If using fresh fish then preferably use firm fish like rui, bhetki etc.
  3. Now bring a pot of water to boil with some cloves, and cinnamon. Gently boil or poach the marinated fish fillet for 8-10 mints or deep fry the m
  4. Take out and let it cool. Cut into tiny bite size pieces or you may mash it well. I generally prefer bite size pieces if using frozen fish.And with fresh fish then preferably a mash.
  5. Alternately you may try deep frying the thawed and marinated fish pieces first and then mixing it up with masala.I leave it up to you to decide. Both the way it turns out nice and flavorful.
  6. Heat up a saucepan, add cooking oil, and temper it with 2 tej patta, some cloves,cinnamon and cardamom.
  7. Now add in onions, ginger and garlic chopped finely. Add in green chilly
  8. Add all the dry grounded masala-red pepper, turmeric and coriander. Add little bit of water.
  9. Add in chopped tomato.
  10. Now fry this masala for 6-9 mints at medium flame.Oil will start to come by the sides by now.
  11. Add in poached fish pieces or fried fishes which ever way you have precooked the fish fillet.
  12. In case the fish pieces need to be deboned as you may need while working with Rui or Katla fish pieces, then do so before you add in to the fried pieces.
  13. Keep stirring and mixing further, cover it and cook at low for 7-8 mints.
  14. Garnish with lots of coriander leaves.
  15. Serve with fried rice pilaf or pulao. Delicious.
What fish goes well with this recipe
I have prepared this with Rui fish back home. After coming here in abroad, made this keema with smoked Haddock fish fillet and sometimes even Cod. Sea bass is another great fish that goes well with fish keema.You may also try Pollock fish which is somewhat cheaper than Cod and Haddock here.

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Happy Cooking Friends


  1. Delicious spread, fingerlicking keema curry..

  2. I have never had fish Kheema looks so delish, just looking to the pic makes me drool.

  3. Priya,
    Thanks for liking the recipe and pics..

    Thanks , me too and it's dinner time here :-)..
    hugs and smiles

  4. Looks irresistible,fish keema looks spicy and super yum.

  5. delicious looking keema curry and rice

  6. Ekta lyaja pore ache fridge e ... aajke banabo bhebe rekhechi ... ar dekhi tomar post! Ami oto phoron toron di na ... but eta khete khub bhalo lage. :-)

  7. looks so deliicous,..even i miss rohu fish here ,try to substitute it with tilapia and pomfret

  8. first time seeing or reading this....sounds gud

  9. Suja,
    thanks for liking this recipe a little different way though..


    lyaja te kanta hoye beshi..daaga R ba pete'er mach beshi bhalo hoye keema jonnor..baniye felo :-)..

    yeah we too do cook with those fish, but after coming to here , we have been exploring other fish available here easily ..Sea bass and Tilapia goes well with this recipe also..

    I am sure you will like it..and I do hope where you live ,you do get Cod or Haddock also..

    Thanks allfor coming here

    hugs and smiles

  10. This looks gud and something new for me ...nice pictures too...perhaps I should start cooking fish now :)

  11. Such a great idea Jaya. Amio eta try korbo. :)

  12. Eta to besh notun Jaya. Kono din fish keema khai ni. Dekhe o bhalo lagche

  13. Looks gorgeous!Absolutely yummy...fish keema recipe ei prothom dekhlam,ebong darun laglo!Will surely try this out sometime:)


  14. thanks Priti, it's better to include fish in our regular meals than chicken or red meats, a much healthy options..

    Thanks Mandira, good to see you after a long time :-)..

    these were really good.Ami O kicho din break nebo eyi shob thekhe :-)..

    W3 Thanks..

    I really appreciate all the kind words here..thanks you..

    hugs and smiles

  15. Looks so selfish. Makes me hungry.


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