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Fish Panna Upkari

Smrithi Sagar
15 minutes
Prep Time
15 minutes
Cook Time
3 People
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ABOUT Fish Panna Upkari RECIPE

Fish panna upkari is a traditional fish curry from the Konkani cuisine and it is a much loved curry from the fish eaters of GSB community. This is a spicy, tangy curry prepared by using lot of dry red chillies, tamarind , coconut oil and other aromatic ingredients. This recipe is passed down from generation to generation and I am also following the same recipe from quite a lot of time.

Recipe Tags

  • Non-veg
  • Easy
  • Everyday
  • Karnataka
  • Blending
  • Boiling
  • Sauteeing
  • Main Dish
  • Healthy

Ingredients Serving: 3

  1. Fish (Mackerel, King fish, Pomfret, Sardine etc) 6 to 7
  2. Byadgi dry red Chilli 10 to 12
  3. coriander seeds 1 tsp
  4. Fenugreek seeds 5 to 6
  5. Mustard seeds ¼ tsp (optional)
  6. turmeric powder a pinch
  7. Sichuan Pepper/Triphal 6 to 7
  8. tamarind paste 1 tsp
  9. coconut oil 1 tbsp
  10. salt to taste


  1. Cut and clean the fish and wash them thoroughly. Add a teaspoon of salt and give a good mix and set aside for about 30 minutes.
  2. Prepare the masala paste for making panna upkari. Roast dry red chillies, coriander seeds, fenugreek seeds in a low flame till they are nicely roasted.
  3. Allow it to cool and grind the roasted spices along with turmeric powder and tamarind paste to a fine paste. Just before taking the masala from the blender add deseeded Sichuan pepper and blend for few seconds till it is crushed.
  4. Transfer this masala paste to the vessel in which you are preparing the curry. Also add a cup of water to the blender and collect the thin masala water.
  5. Further add this water to the masala paste and give a good mix. In a medium flame cook till you get one boil.
  6. Now add fish to the curry and further cook till fish is completely cooked. It will take very few minutes for fish to get it cooked.
  7. After placing the fish do not flip them using ladle as they are very delicate. With the help of kitchen towel gently shake the vessel. Allow fish to cook.
  8. Before turning off the flame drizzle coconut oil and combine. Serve hot fish panna upkari with parboiled rice and fish fry.

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Deepthi Nayak
Deepthi Nayak   Sep-28-2018


Reema Garg
Reema Garg   Apr-22-2018

Nice one.

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