Sunday, November 27, 2011

Sura Meen Kuzhambu (Shark Curry)

The love for fish just spirals over like nobody's business in my house. The love, supposedly, for consuming less meat and more of fish (Hong Kong Style Steamed Fish, Kerala Fish Fry, Tuna Cutlets, Grilled Fish In Banana Leaf & Nyonya Fish Sambal). Of course, the other love in an Indian household can't be none, can't be more, except Kuzhambu, aka curries (Fish Sambar, Bitter Gourd Prawn CurryPumpkin Salted Fish Curry, Crab Curry & Thai Green Fish Curry). Sura Meen Kuzhambu is I think a familiarity to Indians? No, no, I am not talking about the huge buggers swimming happily and aimlessly in the sea. I am actually talking about those small sharks which obviously is the core for this Sura Meen Kuzhambu (Shark Curry). Get them cleaned at the fish monger. Otherwise, shark will be quite a troubling and time taking thing in cleaning by yourself. What's next? Making this curry. Really, quite a basic type, nevertheless, aplenty garlic, if you are asking me, is the key to shark curries, particularly for this spicy, tangy and diviners Sura Meen Kuzhambu/(Shark Curry. Oh, before I forget, radish is the extra add-on. We love radish in fish curry (Malaysian Indian Fish Curry). Take care everyone. Bye for now.

500g baby shark - remove skin and cut into bite sizes
1 radish (about 400g) - remove skin and cut into medium size chunks
10 cherry tomatoes (or 1 sliced tomato)
1 tsp ginger paste 
1 whole garlic - break into individual cloves, remove skin and cut into two
6 shallots - sliced thinly
2 tbsp fish curry powder (or as needed)
1 tsp turmeric/kunyit powder
10g(1 small ball) tamarind/asam - mix with 1/2 litre of water and extract juice
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp fennel seeds
3 sprigs curry leaves
Oil as needed
Salt for taste

Mix fish with ginger. Deep fry till crispy.
Remove and keep aside.
Leave about 4 tbsp of oil in the same pan/pot.
Add garlic, shallots, tomatoes, curry leaves, mustard seeds and fennel seeds.
Pour in the tamarind juice and simmer.
When curry is heated through, add radish and continue to simmer.
Once radish is cooked, add fish and and season with salt.
Stir and simmer just for a minute or two and remove from heat.


  1. Nava, your curry look very delicious and appetizing. I can have extra rice to go with this dish, hahaha...
    Havea nice day.

  2. a healthy alternative for a chicken curry and seafood recipes has always been my focus now Ms.Nava because quiet angel loves it hehehe..passing by ms.Nave ;) *hugs*

  3. I ate Shark meat once in a long long time. And once, I did saw the dead baby shark in whole at the wet market and I felt pity to them. :(

    Anyway, Shark meat are nice to eat but maybe we should support "Kill no Sharks". ;P


  4. Nava...this looks beautiful! Rich and satisfying! You know...I've never tried shark! What fish might you suggest if it's not available to me? : )

  5. there is such thing as baby shark? easily available? coz i guess this is my first time hearing this name


  6. Thanks for all the comment everyone.
    Meitzeu - its not the shark we can't eat but cutting their fins is whats not right.
    Anne - do try with any other type of fish, it should be good too.

  7. Wonderful looking curry. I don't think I can get my hands on baby shark but perhaps I could substitute with another fish?

  8. Saw some baby shark in the wet market, but don't have idea how to cook.
    Your curry looks so delicious.....

  9. Your fish stew sounds wonderful...I wish my hubby was more in favor of seafood! Hope you've had a nice weekend~

  10. looks great!!! i seldom eat curry, and i never try shark before he he :D but yours curry here make me hungry!!

  11. I always love looking at your posts because they're not only pretty, but they're things I will probably never have the supplies to make--total wishful thinking for me!

  12. I haven't had baby shark, though I've seen it offered in China. Regular shark is definitely very tasty, and a radish curry sounds delicious.

  13. Looks wonderful and comforting!! have a great week Nava.

  14. hi nava, i have never eaten shark before. wonder how it taste like really...somehow yours look very appetizing, i would to try one day

  15. In New Zealand they call baby sharks as lemon fish

  16. I never had Baby Sharks before. Heard from people ,that the meat is tough.

  17. Thanks again for all the sharing everyone. Baby shark is so common over my place and the taste is good I must say. However, you can substitute it with any other fish you prefer.

  18. Baby shark is something I haven't tried...but I must say that it sounds so good in curry. Hope to try this someday!

  19. Baby shark is something I haven't tried, but I must say that it sounds so good in curry! Hope to try it someday!

  20. looks good, and how do you get baby shark from the market ?

  21. Love the curry with shark?! yes of course!


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