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A skillet with fish curry.

Chinchoni - Fish Curry

Chinchoni is a classic East Indian fish curry made with fresh ground masala. There are a few variations of this recipe made with or without coconut as well as with or without oil. Today, I make it with fish but you can use prawns as well as a mix of different fish or seafood.
Course Diinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine East-Indian, Indian
Keyword chinchoni, fish curry
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 224kcal
Cost $5


  • 1 lb Fish white fish, prawns, shark, pomfret, skate,
  • 1 tablespoon Cooking oil
  • ½ teaspoon Salt
  • 2 tablespoon Tamarind soaked in water or ½ teaspoon tamarind paste
  • 2 teaspoon Coriander leaves chopped cilantro
  • cups Water

Chinchoni masala

  • 6 Red chilies Kashmiri or similar - soaked in hot water
  • 8 med Garlic cloves
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin seeds jeera
  • ¼ teaspoon Turmeric powder ( up to ½ tsp)
  • ¼ cup Ground coconut (up to ½ cup)


  • ½ teaspoon Mustard seeds rai seeds
  • 4 Curry leaves


  • Add all the masala ingredients to a food processor or mixer grinder and grind to a smooth paste.
    Pro tip - I like to soak the chliies in hot water for 10 minutes which softens the skin and I remove the seeds. This makes a much smoother paste.
  • In a skillet, add the oil, mustard seeds, and curry leaves. Then, and ground masala paste. Fry it for a minute until fragrant. Then add the tamarind juice and water. Bring to a boil.
    Pro tip - tamarin juice is fresh tamarind soaked in water while tamarin paste is concentrated so very sour and you need to use very little. You can always add more.
  • When the curry comes to a boil, reduce the heat to medium-low and gently place the fish pieces in the curry. Cover and cook for 15 minutes.
    Pro tip - keep the heat to a gentle simmer to prevent the fish from breaking.
  • When the fish is cooked, taste and adjust seasoning. Garnish with fresh chopped cilantro/coriander leaves.


Calories: 224kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 57mg | Sodium: 363mg | Potassium: 665mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 655IU | Vitamin C: 98mg | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 2mg