Masala Tilapia (Spicy Tilapia Curry)

‘Tilapia’ is one of my favourite fishes. And I cook this fish quite often. It is my family’s favourite too. So I cook different dishes with this fish like ‘Capsicum Tilapia’, ‘Posto Tilapia’, ‘Shorshe Tilapia’ etc. ‘Masala Tilapia’ is nothing but a simple fish curry with rich gravy of onion, ginger, garlic and tomato. It is very simple yet very delicious and goes very well with steamed rice. Here I have use whole Tilapia in the recipe, if you wish you can cook with pieces of Tilapia too. Here goes the recipe…


  • Tilapia Fish – 4 nos
  • Onion Paste – ½ cup
  • Tomato Puree – ½ cup
  • Ginger Paste – 1 ½ tsp
  • Garlic Paste – 1 tsp
  • Turmeric Powder – 1 ½ tsp
  • Red Chilli Powder – 1 tsp
  • Green Chilli – 4-5
  • Coriander Leaf – A handful (Chopped)
  • Mustard Oil – 4-5 Tbsp
  • Salt – To taste


  1. Smear 1 tsp turmeric powder and 1 tsp salt on the fishes and keep aside for 15 minutes.
  2. Heat 4 Tbsp mustard oil in a heavy bottomed pan or kadai till the oil reaches smoking point and then reduce the heat.
  3. Put the fishes one by one in the pan and fry bothe sides. Turn the fishes from time to time. Keep aside.
  4. Add 1 Tbsp more oil in kadai and put garlic paste and ginger paste. Sauté till raw smell goes off.
  5. Next add onion paste and fry till oil separates.
  6. Add turmeric powder, red chilli powder and tomato puree. Sauté for couple of minutes.
  7. Add 1 cup of water and slit green chilli. Adjust salt.
  8. Now put in the fried fish carefully in the gravy. Cover and cook till fish is done. The gravy should be neither thick nor too runny.
  9. Sprinkle chopped coriander. Serve with steamed rice.

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