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Super-Yum Basa Fish Curry

For someone who loves lean fishes like Basa, Salmon, Tuna, etc., this curry turned out to be a blessing, Cooked by Mr. Husband and bought to the table when I was struggling with PMS, the Basa Fish curry was a treat to my aching tummy. 😛

We have always loved eating basa as it comes. Pouring a little butter in the pan and searing the fillets with butter and dried herbs of choice. Basa has always been a fish that we eat with the simplest of marinations. However, this time Mr. Husband thought of bring something extra special to the table. His eyes were gleaming when he narrated the recipe to me while I was at the top of my mood swings. Trust me, the recipe clamed down the monster in me that day.

There are a number of varieties available online for Basa Fish Curry. There are plety of Bengali recipes that are yummy to the core, perfect South Indian (Kerala style) Basa Fish curry recipes that can make anyone fall in love with humble Basa. This one, however, carries a spectacular North Indian flavour with the tang from tomatoes and flavours of a fish tikka gravy.

Hungry, now? Let’s dive into the recipe.

Basa Fish Curry (Basa Fillets Cooked in Indian Gravy)

Try this super tasty and simple to make basa fish curry at home. It tastes just like a saalan.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Keyword basa fish curry, basa gravy, basa recipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 people


  • 1 kg Basa Fish (Cut into fillets)

For Marination

  • 1 tbsp Turmeric
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tbsp Ginger Garlic Paste
  • 2 tbsp Lemon Juice

For Shallow Fish Fry

  • 3 tbsp Cooking oil (any oil of your choice)

For Gravy

  • 2-3 tsp Cooking oil
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 1 tsp Fenugreek seeds
  • 10-12 Curry Leaves
  • 3 Slit Green Chillies
  • 4 Medium-sized Onions (Chopped)
  • 3 Large Tomatoes (Chopped)
  • 1 tbsp Ginger Gralic Paste
  • 2 tsp Garam Masala Powder
  • 2 tsp Coriander Powder
  • 1 tbsp Red Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp Turmeric
  • 2 tsp Coriander Leaves (Washed and Chopped)


Marinating the Fish Fillets

  1. Marinate the fish fillets in turmeric, salt, lemon juice, and Ginger Garlic paste

  2. Leave the marinated fish aside for 15- 20 minutes

For the Shallow Fish Fry

  1. Start by pouring cooking oil of your choice in a wide non-stick pan

  2. Once the oil is hot, start putting the marinated basa fish fillets one by one

  3. Cook the fillet or 2 minutes, each side

  4. Drain the excess oil on a kitchen towel or a layer of tissue paper

  5. Keep these aside and start working on the curry

For the Fish Fillet Gravy

  1. Save the oil you used to shallow fried the fillets and use the same for making the gravy

  2. Start by tempering cumin seeds, fenugreek seeds, slit green chillies and curry leaves

  3. Let them splutter and add the onions

  4. Cook the onions till they are transluscent and pink

  5. Add the ginger-garlic paste and cook till the raw smell disappears

  6. Add the chopped tomatoes now and cook till nice and mushy

  7. The trick to cooking the masala lies in cooking the tomatoes until you notice oil leaving the sides of the mix

  8. Once you notice oil leaving tfrom the sides, it is time to add the masalas

  9. Add turmeric powder, red chili powder, coriander powder, and garam masala

  10. Cook till the masala cooks and you notice the gravy forming

  11. Add a little water (just a little) and cook the masalas further more by covering the pan with the lid

  12. You can now add your shallow fried fish fillets and cook for nothing more than a minute

  13. Since basa is a lean fish, it cooks real quick and starts breaking when overcooked (Do not overcook the fish and remove it from the stovetop)

  14. Sprinkle some chopped coriander leaves and serve hot with rice or chapatis

Didn’t you notice how simple the recipe was?

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Until my next recipe,

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2 thoughts on “Super-Yum Basa Fish Curry

  1. Hi Cheryl, the recipe is brilliant. I followed your recipe and cooked a beautiful curry. The only drawback was that the Masala is not cooked as I would have liked. I normally cook the Masala before adding tomato. My husband finds the Masala a little raw.
    However, it is a great and spicy curry recipe.
    Thank you.

    1. Hey,
      I am glad you tried the recipe. However, if you try the same recipe next time, make sure you cook the masala well enough so that you notice oil leaving the sides. I have mentioned the same in the recipe. When you add masalas after adding the tomatoes, it is always advised to cook the masala till the gravy forms and you notice oil leaving the masalas. I hope this trick will help you in making this excellent curry again! <3

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