Goan Curry: A Granny’s Recipe To Old Classic

Do you associate Goa with sea, cheap booze and a laid back holiday only? Has it ever can to your mind that Goa can be an ultimate food destination as well? Not many acknowledge Goa to be a culinary classic as people mostly restrict themselves to some popular options and not the traditional Goa cuisine that makes the city special.

Though, there are many main stream restaurants that offer different versions of Goan curry with fish, chicken and pork, but the taste and timelessness of authentic Grandma style Goan fish curry is unmatchable.  Here is the easy to make recipe of Goan fish curry that you can try at home for a delectable Goan food experience.


  • 1 kilogram fish cleaned and cut into pieces (kingfish, monkfish, halibut or tuna)
  • 1 1/2 inch lump of tamarind
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 1 large onion sliced
  • 1 large tomato sliced
  • 7 to 8 dry red chilies
  • 2 tbsp garlic paste
  • 1 tbsp ginger paste
  • 1 1/2 cups grated fresh coconut
  • 2 tbsp coriander powder
  • 2 tbsp cumin powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp red chili powder
  • 2 green chilies slit
  • 2 tbsp vegetable cooking oil
  • 2 cups hot water for gravy
  • Salt to taste


  • Soak tamarind in ½ cup hot water for about 10 minutes. Mix and mash the soaked tamarind in water well and strain through the sieve to get the pulp.
  • Grind onion, tomato, coconut, ginger, garlic, red chillies, tamarind puree and all other spices to make a smooth paste.
  • Take heavy bottomed pan and heat it on medium flame, add oil once it’s hot enough
  • Add the paste that you have made along with green chillies to the oil and fry for 5 minutes.
  • Now add water to the masala to make gravy and bring it to boil. Let it cook on simmer for 10 minutes. Add salt to taste
  • Add the pieces of fish to the gravy and let it cook for 10 more minutes. Do not cover the pan while cooking.
  • Turn the fire off and serve your homestyle Goan curry with boiled rice.

We are sure you will be smacking your lips after tasting this incredibly scrumptious version of homestyle Goan curry.



Seema Bhoi has been contributing to the content industry through writing about brands, consulting rookies and providing content management service. She is the Co-Founder of Vibaantta Group & Meethi Lassi.