23 March 2013

Ayakoora Kudampuli Curry / King Fish Gambooge Curry

Ayakoora or King Fish tastes good if you fry it or make curry. It is one of the easiest to cut and clean. The recipe I am sharing today is cooked using Kudampuli. This curry can be made on a regular basis every week. Love the flavour of Kudampuli (Gambooge / Vrikshamla) - scientific name Garcinia cambogia. It is also called as Malabar Tamarind. It is supposed to have good health benefits and highly used in ayurvedic medicines. 

The methi powder, gambooge and shallots(pearl onions) give a distinct flavour to the curry. I really like to try different types of curries. 

Recipe Source - Shantha Aravindan

Ayakoora/ King Fish - 600 gms cut into square pieces

Kudampuli / Gambooge - 5 
Water - 1 1/2 cup

Coconut Oil - 2 tbsp
Kaduku / Mustard - 1/2 tsp
Uluva /Methi Seeds - 1/4 tsp

Cheriya Ulli / Shallots - 2 tbsp finely chopped

Inji / Ginger - 1 tbsp finely chopped
Veluthulli / Garlic - 1 tbsp finely chopped

Green Chilly - 3  slit into 2

Thakkali /Tomato - 1 big

Manjal / Turmeric - 1/2 tsp
Piriyan Mulaku Podi/ Kashmiri Chilly Powder - 2 tbsp
Salt - 1 1/4 tsp or as per taste

Kurumulaku Podi / Pepper Powder - 3/4 tsp
Onnam Pal /Thick Coconut Milk - 1 cup
Kariveppila / Curry Leaves - 3 sprigs
Uluva Podi/ Methi Powder - 1/4 tsp


Soak the gambooge in 1 1/2 cups warm water.
Heat oil in a wok/ kadai. Tip in the mustard and methi seeds and let it splutter. 
Reduce heat to medium.
Add in the shallots and saute it.
Now add the green chilly, ginger, and garlic.
Add the chopped tomato and saute.
Reduce the flame to low and tip in the turmeric and chilly powder.
When the raw smell of the masalas are gone add the gambooge along with the water. 
When it comes to a boil slowly add the fish. Let cook for 10 minutes or until the fish is cooked on medium flame.
When the fish is cooked and the gravy thick add in the coconut milk, methi powder, pepper powder and curry leaves.
Switch off and close with a lid. Serve after 5 minutes.


  1. wow yummy...the colour of the curry makes it real tempting

  2. with hot steamed rice - this is an amazing curry - lovely rinku :)

  3. Rinku, this looks so delicious.

  4. Delicious and so irresistible...

  5. The color is so tempting,yummy adipoli curry

  6. Yummyilicious and fingerlicking fish curry, love to enjoy with a bowl of rice.

  7. looks so yummy... beautiful color....

  8. Yummy looking pics dear.. I am drooling.. Love this curry :)

  9. My mouth is watering :) Looks very delicious

  10. I am having trouble finding gambooge, I live in Arizona, any suggestions

    1. Thanks for writing in. Really sorry I have no idea where you can find Gambooge in Arizona. If there are any Indian stores you could try if it is available there.

  11. I made it today.this preparation blends well with the authentic taste of ayakoora fish.Thanks 4 the recipe


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