Sunday, 24 November 2013

Surmai cha hirwa hirwe kalvan |kingfish green rassa malvani curry

We bring fish once in a blue moon perhaps thats the reason you will not find fish dishes appearing often in my blog
So whenever its a fish day i try to make some thing different.

One such dish was this kingfish GREEN CURRY which is known in marathi as Surmai cha hirwa hirwe kalvan .

This tasty gravy differs from normal red fish curries with respect to the green colour & its unique taste.
This malvani dish has a beautiful greenish colour.

Same  recipe can be used to make green pomfret curry known as paplet che hirwe kalvan 


6 pieces of Surmai / king mackeral fish /seer fish
4-5 garlic clove smashed
1 tbsp tamarind paste
1 onion chopped
1 tsp red chilli powder (optional)
1 tsp garam masala
water as rquired
2 tbsp oil 
salt as needed

For ginger garlic chilli paste 
 2-3 big garlic cloves
1 inch piece ginger
1-2 small green chilies

Masala (vatan) to grind

1 cup Wet coconut (ola khobra)
3-4 green chillies (add more if you like spicy)
1 cup chopped coriander (You can even add few palak (spinach leaves)
1 inch cinamom stick ( dalchini)
1 clove (lavang)
2-3 pepper (miri)
1 inch ginger
5-6 garlic cloves
2 tsp coriander seeds
1 tsp jeera
5-6 curry leaves


1. marinate cleaned surmai pieces with turmeric,salt,1 tsp tamarind paste ,salt and ginger garlic chilli paste .Grind ingredients listed under :Masala (vatan) to grind" to fine paste adding little water.

2.Next heat oil add  chopped onion ,curry leaves & smashed garlic.once onion is cooked add masala vatan paste & mix well .add marinated surmai pieces.

3. Add salt ,tamarind paste,garam masala,red chilli powder  .add  little or more water depending on the consistency (thick or thin) of fish curry .Give one boil.

4.simmer for 5 minutes & switch off gas .

5. Garnish with red chilli & Serve with chapati & rice .


  1. can use above recipe to make green pomfret curry 
  2. Instead of adding chopped onion in step 1 in tadka ,can add onion during grinding the masala vatan
  3. can add 1 tsp red chilli powder to above recipe

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