RHomeSecret Recipe: Surmai Kaalvan ( King Fish or Surmai Curry )
Surmai Kaalvan or King Fish Curry is a popular fish Curry preparation made in a Chandraseniya Kayastha Prabhu home. The community is believed to have migrated over centuries from the north with its roots in kashmir and have largely settled in Maharashtra along the konkan belt. Mutton and fish are their favourites and use of poppy seeds or khus khus, fennel seeds, coconut , coconut milk ,tamarind or kokum is found liberally in their cuisines. While there is a slight difference to their way of preparations from the other maharashtrian communities where generally the fish curry is made first and then the fish is put in the curry to cook, here the fish is sauted in oil first with the green vatan that is green masala and other ingredients and while it cooks and changes colour the coconut milk is added later into it to form its curry.