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Koli Style Mackerel Curry Recipe

Koli Style Spicy Mackerel Curry Recipe

The Koli people are historically the traditional fisher folk, residing in the coastal areas of Mumbai. They are seafaring people who catch fish for a living. Their cuisine is spicy and this adds flavour to the fresh catch.  Fish is an important part of their diet. Fresh coconut and spices like black pepper, cloves , cinnamons and poppy seeds are extensively used in their cuisine.

Today, let us look and explore the traditional spicy mackerel curry, made by the ethnic Koli community.


  • 4–5 fresh mackerels cleaned and cut into small pieces.
  • 1 chopped onion
  • ½ cup of grated coconut
  • ½ cup of coriander leaves
  • 3-4 kashmiri chillies (You can use bedki chillies for more spice)
  • Ginger garlic paste – 2tbsp
  • Tamarind – small ball, depending upon your taste for tanginess.
  • 1tbsp of turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tbsp of cumin powder
  • 1tbsp of garam masala
  • 1/2tbsp of coriander powder
  • 2 chillies (you can avoid it if you don’t like spice)
  • 2tsp Oil
  • Salt to taste


  • In a blender make a thick paste of coconut, coriander leaves, kashmiri chillies, tamarind, turmeric powder, cumin powder, coriander powder, garam masala and chillies.
  • In a pan heat oil and add onions and sauté.
  • Add ginger garlic paste and mix it well.
  • Now add the thick ground paste and add little water for consistency.
  • Put salt and boil it.
  • Add the fish pieces and cook it for a few minutes.
  • Fish cooks fast, so check it when done.
  • Add chopped coriander for garnishing.
  • Your spicy and tasty koli style mackerel curry is ready to eat.

We hope you have enjoyed the recipe of traditional koli style spicy mackerel curry .

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