Hyderabadi Fish Curry and bangles

Hyderabadi Fish curry
Hyderabadi Fish curry

Hello everyone! I am back after a two week hiatus as I had urgent jobs that needed to be attended to. Whenever I have too many tasks on hand, I make a to-do list on a priority basis. I am sure everyone does that. Women are supposed to be good at multi-tasking, but there are some jobs which need your full attention ( or maybe I am simply not good at multi-tasking 😉  ) Blogging somehow made its way into the middle of my list  which means I have more chores lined up for me the moment I hit the publish button.

Talking of women, one love which Indian women have since time immemorial ( earliest recorded 2600 BC ) is the love for bangles. Bangles made of gold,silver, platinum, glass, plastic or wood each have their own loyal fan following. Indian women are rarely seen without bangles adorning their wrists. Colorful bangles happen to be the most intrinsic part of an Indian bride’s jewelry.

Hyderabad is famous for its lac bangles studded with semi-precious stones and pearls. In fact there is an entire market known as ‘Lad bazar’ or ‘Chudi bazar’ in Hyderabad which has scores of tiny shops selling these glittering bangles. My mom recently went there to buy some bangles for her niece. I asked her to click some pics to share with all of you. And she sure did an awesome job.

lac bangles of hyderabad
lac bangles of hyderabad



Gorgeous! Aren’t they?

Hyderabadis also love their food. They have their own combination of spices which make the dishes delectably enticing. The Hyderabadi fish curry is one such tantalizing delicacy.

Hyderabadi Fish Curry

  • Servings: 2-4
  • Time: 1 hr
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 500 g fresh white fish cut into pieces
  • 1 cup of crisp fried onions
  • 1 tsp. cumin seeds dry roasted
  • 1 tsp. coriander seeds dry roasted
  • 3 cloves
  • 1 tbsp. Chironji 
  • 2 tbsp. dry coconut paste
  • 6 dry red chilis (more or less)

    For tempering:

  • 3-4 tbsp. oil
  • 1 tsp. cumin seeds
  • 1 pinch asafoetida (hing) optional

     Other ingredients:

  • 2 tsp. tamarind pulp
  • 1/2 a cup of chopped cilantro/coriander leaves



  1. Shallow fry fish and keep aside.
  2. Pulse all the other ingredients into a smooth paste.
  3. In a pan, put 3-4 tbsp. oil and add the tempering ingredients. Fry till oil separates
  4. Add 2 tsp. tamarind pulp. and a glass of water and bring to a boil.
  5. Add fish and salt and simmer.
  6. Garnish with fresh coriander leaves .
  7. Serve with steamed rice or flat breads.


                            Thank You Selma

A special thanks to dear Selma@ Selma’s Table for her technical help. I was having a problem with posting the Print version of recipes and I asked her for help. A wonderful person and friend that she is, she immediately responded and gave me the required technical guidance. Thank you thank you ❤  dear Selma. This post is dedicated to you.



I am taking this fish curry and the bangles to my Fiesta Friday friends. thank you Angie for hosting this amazing party every week so we can all chat and gossip over tables of delicious food. joining Angie this time are two gracious ladies Julianna @Foodie On Board and Hilda @Along The Grapevine. If you want to have fun come join me…..


61 thoughts on “Hyderabadi Fish Curry and bangles

  1. Nice to see you after a break 🙂 Those bangles look nice 🙂 I have never tried Hyderabad I Fish! Let me see if I can pull myself to Kitchen soon.

    BTW I tried out your Vermicelli Chicken..made a little changes to make it a kids version for my little boy 🙂

    And I just completed my 6 months of blogging and have tagged you in that post 🙂

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    1. Congratulations and Thank you dear Bilna ☺Thats very sweet of you.
      I hope your little boy liked it. Thanks for trying out the recipe. The spice levels have to be adjusted to suit individual tastes. I usually keep them lower to suit our non Indian blogger friends.

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    1. Thank you so much. The pictures of the fish curry didnt need even a bit of editing at all. The colors just stòod out on their own ☺The credit for the bangle pics actually goes to my mom 😊

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  2. Very nice Skd, love fish curry, but I’m not familiar with one particular ingredient. Chironji? Selma was great, she helped me embed the recipe too by sending me instructions. I think there might be an error of sorts though? I tried hitting your PRINT button, and only the top portion came thru. I’m not sure if it has something to do with the picture in the recipe? I’m sure Selma will come right along and put it right :). She’s a whiz! Gorgeous bangles.

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    1. Thank you Loretta ☺ I have linked Chironji to the wiki. You will get an idea. It helps in bringing together the gravy. If you cant get hold of it you could try using khuskhus (poppy seeds) or cashew paste.

      OMG! SOS Selma again. 😰📇🎆🎇🎇🎆🎆🎆


      1. It was 7am. haha A sandwich couldn´t and wouldn´t do, I needed the steamed rice perhaps. haha, I am doing a little bit better after an apple and orange and lots of water.
        have a great day

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      1. That visit has been on the radar for quite sometime..I don’t know when it will actually happen though 🙂 Khada dupatta? I didn’t know about that…Thanks to you, I learn’t something new today 🙂

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  3. Fish is an important food by Bengal vegetarians.Thay call it Jal pushp means flower of water.Even in breakfast fish is a must
    It has also lot of benefits like no chlorestrol
    Skd It is good that you have art of making seafood

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    1. I know. They are quite a rage in Hyderabad. A bride wouldn’t want to be seen on her wedding day without them. Actually if you happen to witness a Hyderabadi wedding you will be amazed to see the gorgeous display of these bangles on every woman’s hand. Thank you for liking dear ☺

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  4. This is a lovely preparation and I love the pictures! I am reminded of my trip to Hyderabad and walking around Charminar ogling at all the pearls and pretty lac bangles. I feel nostalgic!


  5. Your beautiful pictures of bangles remind me that I have a roll of glass ones I bought when I lived in India and couldn’t imagine having bare arms. I have barely worn them since, but they they have travelled around the world with me and are still all in tact. I should start wearing them again. Your fish curry looks super, and reasonably simple to put together. I am assuming that chironji could be substituted with almonds?

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    1. Wow! Its amazing how you have carefully preserved those over the years. Thank you for being an awesome host. Chironji can be substituted with almonds or cashews. They should do fine. The curry tastes delicious Hilda. Do try it some time and do take out your bangles then ☺

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