In Kerala, fish curry is prepared in coconut paste with vegetables like drumstick, raw mango, capsicum, and raw tomato. If it is dry fish, vegetables like raw banana, green colour pumpkin, jackfruit seed, etc are added and cooked in coconut paste. Dry fish is not my favourite any way. This time, I got three Vatta (Bluefin travelly and in Tamil it is called Paara meen) and I decided to prepare a curry only with the fish heads. Fish head curry is one of our favourites and I cook frequently at home as a side dish for Kappa Kuzhachathu.

It may not be your favourite till today but give a try when you buy fish next time. Ayala (Mackerel) head is very tasty. There is a saying in Malayalam about Ayala head: “Ayala Thala Aliyanum Kodukkilla”. Try this when you buy fish next time.



  • Fish head – 3, medium size, cleaned and washed in enough water
  • Drumstick – 1 medium, cut into 2” pieces and split in to two
  • Raw Mango – 1 small, cut into 2” pieces
  • Capsicum – 3, each cut into 4 pieces
  • Tomato – 1 medium, either raw or not ripen, should be sour
  • Curry leaves – few
For the gravy:
  • Coconut scraped – 1/2 rind, medium
  • Small onions – 4-5
  • Curry leaves – few
  • Chilly powder – 2 tbsp (I used Kashmiri Chilly powder)
  • Coriander powder – 1/2 tbsp
  • Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Fenugreek  seeds– 1/4 tsp
  • Kodampuli /kokum/Gamboge – 3-4 pieces (adjust according to your taste)
  • Salt to taste


Method Of Preparation:

  • Dry roast chilly powder, coriander powder, turmeric and fenugreek
  • Grind coconut, curry leaves (given in gravy), small onions and roasted powders with fenugreek to a smooth paste with enough water
  • Add Kodampuli, 2 cups of water to the paste with salt to taste and let it boil in a earthen ware
  • Add drumstick, mango,tomato, and capsicum, cover and cook until drumstick is done


  • When it is done, arrange fish head pieces, curry leaves and cover and cook for another 5 mins over medium heat
  • Adjust the salt before the fish head is done and turn off the stove and let it cool
  • Now the fish head curry is ready to serve


Serve it with Kappa Kuzhachathu.

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