Tamarind Sauce Fish Curry


Indian-style, tangy tamarind fish curry. This is the famous chepala pulusu dish from Andhra.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
50 mins



  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • 1 tablespoon red chile powder

  • 1 tablespoon ground turmeric

  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt

  • 2 pounds white carp, cut into large chunks


  • ¼ cup tamarind pulp

  • 1 cup warm water

  • ¼ cup oil

  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds

  • 1 large onion, minced

  • 1 ½ tablespoons garlic paste

  • 2 tablespoons red chile powder

  • 2 tablespoons ground coriander

  • 1 pinch salt to taste

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh coriander (cilantro), or to taste


  1. Make marinade: Mix together vegetable oil, chile powder, turmeric, and salt in a large bowl until combined. Add fish; mix to thoroughly coat and allow to marinate for about 10 minutes.

  2. Make curry: Place tamarind pulp in a bowl and pour warm water over it. Squeeze tamarind to extract juice.

  3. Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat; add cumin seeds and stir for a few seconds. Add onion to cumin; cook and stir until onion is translucent, 5 to 10 minutes. Add garlic paste and cook for 3 minutes.

  4. Add fish, cover the skillet, and cook for 5 minutes. Add tamarind juice; bring to a boil. Turn fish over; do not over-stir.

  5. Mix in chile powder, coriander, and salt. Cook over low heat until sauce thickens and oil separates, about 10 minutes. Garnish with cilantro.


Tilapia can be substituted for carp, if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

360 Calories
21g Fat
13g Carbs
28g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 360
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 21g 27%
Saturated Fat 4g 18%
Cholesterol 99mg 33%
Sodium 856mg 37%
Total Carbohydrate 13g 5%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 28g
Vitamin C 7mg 34%
Calcium 105mg 8%
Iron 3mg 19%
Potassium 704mg 15%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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