Fish Masala

Masala is the Asian term for a spice mix which is usually a combination of dry roasted dried spices. I don’t think one could find an Indian dish without the use of a masala and here I have created a fish masala which you can use on any fish that you want to add some curry spicing to.

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Fish Masala
Fish Masala

It is amazing how sometimes your dreams become a part of what is happening around you when you sleep. I very seldom dream and when I do, they are very involved and convoluted. The other night I dreamt that our friend Nico had bought a new house right on the beach. Every summer Dave and Nico go fishing together and in my dream Nico had decided that this new house would be for these months so that he could tie his boat up right next to it. The building was an elaborate complex of apartments, a restaurant and coffee shop, and the house attached to all of these. The communal garden was flanked on one side by a parking lot, the other by the multi-level apartments, and facing the beach and the garden was Nico’s house. I was busy helping with the placement of all the furniture and Nico was on the phone to me telling me what to do. As we were talking his iPad pinged, and would not stop. That was in my dream, but in reality, our alarm was chiming as something crossed over the one beam. The chimes turned in to the alarm which woke me up with my heart pounding. I cannot imagine Nico will ever move as his house is already as close to the beach as possible, and his boat is moored at the harbour. But I must have been thinking about Nico as earlier on in the day I had made up a recipe for fish masala and added it to some angel fish he had bought over for our dinner.

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Fish Masala

This masala will warm any fish dish with a pleasant hint of heat and spice
Recipe Category: Spice Blend
Makes enough for: 1 batch Masala
All Rights Reserved: an original recipe from Lavender and Lime


  • 15 mls whole coriander seeds
  • 10 mls cumin seeds
  • 5 mls fennel seeds
  • 1 quill cinnamon, broken up
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 2.5 mls black peppercorns
  • 2.5 mls cardamom pods, crushed
  • 1 dried chilli
  • 5 curry leaves
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2.5 mls turmeric
  • 2.5 mls ground ginger
  • 1 lemon, zest only


  • Place the coriander, cumin and fennel seeds into a dry frying pan
  • Lightly toast on a medium temperature
  • Add the cinnamon, cloves, peppercorns, cardamom and chilli
  • Continue to toast until you can smell the cinnamon
  • Add the curry and bay leaves and toast for a further minute
  • Add the turmeric and ginger and as soon as you can smell the ginger remove from the heat
  • Place into a spice grinder together with the lemon zest
  • Grind until fine


you can use 2 chillies if you prefer a hotter masala. I removed the seeds from the chilli I used

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37 thoughts on “Fish Masala

  1. 5 stars
    Hi Tandy, what a wonderful way to prepare fish, love, love the spices you used. I don’t dream y often either but when I do they can be real doozies.

  2. 5 stars
    It’s perfect weather for fish curry at the moment. Nothing better than a curry when it’s cold.

  3. I really enjoy masala, but have never thought of having it with fish. That’s really interesting and a great idea. By the way, love your beautiful bowl. Thanks for the tip for fish masala 🙂

  4. I LOVE fish and masala seasoning together. My husband Dave’s family is from Kolkata originally and they do a lot of fish curries in that part of India. Definitely will have to try this recipe. Thanks Tandy 🙂

  5. I love fish masala! I haven’t had it in forever and I’ve never tried making it at home. I’ll have to give this recipe a try!

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