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Mangalorean Fish Curry (Bangude Ghassi)

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Fish is a high-protein food that provides a range of health benefits. Fatty fish are an excellent dietary source of omega 3. The fish that are rich in Omega 3’s are mackerel, salmon, sardines, prawns and oysters. Omega-3 fatty acids are a vital component of the diet as they can minimize inflammation and keep the body healthy.

Here is a simple and easy Mangalorean fish curry recipe:


  • Mackerel/ or any fish: 4-5 (cut into 4 pieces)
  • Onion: 1 small (half to be used when grinding paste, half to be chopped and added to the gravy)
  • Coconut: 1/2 cup  grated (fresh)
  • Coriander seeds: 1 tsp
  • Cumin seeds (jeera): 1/4 tsp
  • Methi seeds(fenugreek seeds): 1/4 tsp
  • Peppercorns:4-5
  • Dry Bedagi chilies(or any long dry red chilies): 3
  • Short red dry chilies: 3
  • Green chili: 1-2 slit lengthwise
  • Turmeric: 1/2 tsp
  • Garlic: 12-3 cloves
  • Tamarind paste: 1/2- 3/4  tsp
  • Salt: to taste


  1. Marinate the fish in a bit of salt and turmeric.
  2. Lightly roast and grind the red chilies, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, peppercorns, and grind to a paste along with the grated coconut, garlic and half the onion.
  3. Heat a pot, add the ground spice paste, chopped onion, green chilies, and a cup of water and cook the onion, and green chili.
  4. Add a little more water if needed, to reach a thick consistency. Add in the fish and cook till done. Add the tamarind paste and more salt, if needed.
  5. Do not stir the pot with a ladle, but gently swirl the pot to move the contents around.
  6. Switch off after 5 minutes. Serve hot with parboiled rice.

Check out the recipe to cook Mangalorean Parboiled (red) rice: