Thursday, July 23, 2009

Fish Kolhapuri and even a Paneer Kolhapuri


What are meal plans if not to be altered ? So after eating grilled and baked for two consecutive days my heart was craving something fiery. I found that D survives such stuff better, me I want spices in my life.

And then there was this jewel red, fragrant spice that had just arrived.Like a new bride it sat in my pantry, shy and coy, fiery from inside, waiting to be introduced to the rest of the family. I too was waiting for an opportune moment, to make memories out of the first introduction.

To make things more clear lets cut and do a flashback.

Few weeks back Dear Nupur of One Hot Stove had a generous giveaway at her blog. Of the millions who responded I was one. I didn't hope to win. Winning by luck is not my forte, I have better chances when hard work is involved.

So of course I did not win. But life is not totally unfair and there are extremely nice judges like Nupur who will mail losers and ask them if they want the prize even though they have lost !!! And what a prize, the jewel red, fragrant spice from far away Kolhapur, the authentic Kolhapuri Masala.

Cut to present. So yesterday I tossed the idea of baking salmon and made a Fish Kolhapuri with salmon instead.
I picked up this recipe but altered it because I was using the pre-made Kolhapuri Masala. I also got helpful and prompt tips from Nupur on using the masala, the right way.

Fish Kolhapuri with salmon was the best salmon dish we have had till date. With the sweet fresh water fishes that I love, this dish can only get better. It was rich in texture, gorgeous in color and very flavorful and fiery in taste.

Fish Kolhapuri and Dal Fry again flavored with Kolhapuri masala was our meal yesterday night. The challenge is still on but now it more flavorful.

I still had some of the masala paste remaining and since S loves Paneer, I made a Paneer Kolhapuri exactly the same way I made the fish. It was delicious to say the least.

Thanks Nupur. This is a spice mix we will treasure for ever.

If you don't have access to the Kolhapuri Masala, you can make your own from Nupur's blog or this recipe. You can also follow the original fish recipe and make the dish but I bet mine was more flavorful with that gorgeous masala.


Fish Kolhapuri

Marinate the fish pieces (10-12, 2" x 2" pieces of salmon) in 1 tsp of garlic paste, 1 tsp lime juice, Red chilli powder, salt and 1/4 cup yogurt for half hour or more. Note: use any fish of your choice here.

Meanwhile heat oil in a frying pan/Kadhai

Saute 1 cup of chopped red onion till it is soft and bordering on light brown

Add 1 medium tomato chopped and fry till tomato turns soft and mushy

Add about 1/4 cup of grated coconut and fry for couple of minutes. I used frozen, use fresh if you can.

Add 2 tsp of Kolhapuri masala and mix well. Note: This quantity was enough for me, add more or less if you want more or less spicy

Cool the above and blend the whole mixture to a paste with aid of a little water. You need a thick paste so don't add too much water.

Heat some more oil and gently add the fish pieces. Lightly brown the fish pieces on both sides.

Add the prepared masala paste and saute for a minute

Add salt, a little water for the gravy and simmer over low heat till fish is cooked

Adjust for seasonings and garnish with finely chopped coriander.

Paneer Kolhapuri

Cut paneer in small cubes

Heat oil in a frying pan/Kadhai

Add the paneer cubes and lightly brown them on both sides.

Prepare a masala paste as above in the fish recipes

Add the prepared masala paste, salt, a little water for the gravy and simmer over low heat till paneer is cooked

Adjust for seasonings and garnish with finely chopped coriander.


  1. Lots of Kolhapuri recipes in the blogosphere these days, thanks to N! That s really sweet of her. Both look great but of course, I favor the paneer :)

  2. OK, make that 'sound' great coz I see two recipes but only one picture on my browser :)

  3. Amio jhal khub bhalobashi ... kolhapuri vegetables diye o khub bhalo hoye. :-)

  4. Fish kolhapuri??? :) Ooooooh, You make me drool!

  5. same pinch you loser..i got some too :D..and what!! you are pinching my recipes huh :D....would love to see paneer kolhapuri ka pics if you took any :)

  6. Paneer that's a great idea!! I once made kolhapuri mutton for some guests and there was this one vegetarian person who wondered what the famed kolhapuri curry tasted like...if only I had thought of the obvious!!

  7. Shunei jibhe jol aschey je;-D... I am green with envy first becoz of the authentic masala & second that u made fish.. besh haath chete chete khete mon hochey. the only kohlapuri masala i have used is Parampara:-(

  8. Oh wow....that's an aromatic and full of flavour fish recipe.....

  9. its been raining kohlapuri dishes all around for a while now :)

  10. The fish looks yumm, I can imagine how good that must have tasted with that gorgeous masala!

    Btw, did you post a pic of the paneer dish too? If so, i'm unable to see it :-(

  11. I have never tasted kolhapuri masala but this fish maks me drool literally. In the right time u have posted this and I can't waitenough to make some fish curry )if not I could make this masala) :)

  12. I totally missed the giveaway... saw a fish kolhapuri on Malabar SPices too. Now I can't wait to try it :) Yous looks delicious.

  13. Anything kolhapuri is great in my book. I have a close friend from Kolhapur and she gave me some authentic kolhapuri masala a few years back, it was so good I made kolhapuri mutton and chicken! I've got to hit her up for some more to try it with fish!

  14. I never tasted kolhapuri recipe ... But after this picture I would love to try it ....Khub spicy lagche ....
    & what happened about the expiry baby food ... The supermarket did anything , still r you buying the food stuff for your baby from there ?

  15. Sure San, my email is mentioned on my blog. I may delay in replying coz I'm in the midst of a relocation.

  16. I am one of those who has never tried the Kolhapuri masala, even though I have heard so much about it. Got to check it out at N's link. Loved the idea of paneer Kolhapuri.

  17. I love your recipes :)

    Where can I buy Kolhapuri masala in the US?


  18. I liked your blog very much.Fish kolhapuri looks delicious and yuuuuuuuummmy.I will definitely try your recipe.
    You are welcome in my blogs.

  19. So so thrilled to hear you are using the masala in all kinds of creative and delicious ways! Life certainly needs a hefty dose of spice every so often ;)

  20. I ALWAYS crave something fiery, so this recipe really strikes out to me! Look and sounds GREAT!
    I adore paneer'll be a tough choice!

  21. Looks absolutely delicious - just like the thiki mirch brides some of us were ;)

  22. Hi Sandeepa , plesae collect the award from my blog ...Thanks .

  23. I do not eat fish but its good recipes.

    Lingerie news

  24. chobita dekhei khete ichhe korche !! I am new in the world of blogging, though I have visited your blog number of times when I needed a recipe. The pictures are really nice, reflects the taste very well. amio jhal khub valobasi, will try this one day for sure :)

  25. what r the ingredients of kolhapuri masala...never seen in stores or malls


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