Goan Spicy Tilapia Curry

2 Nov

Its Friday  and I thought of sharing this Spicy Tilapia in Recheado Curry recipe also called as Guisado De Peixe which is prepared with any fish of your choice. Friday was a day we did not eat meat as the Catholics believed that Jesus died on that day and it was a way to mourn his death. Funny as it may sound, till today on Friday’s my mom does not buy anything new for the home. Be it furniture, clothes, jewellery, electronics or stuff that I wouldn’t have thought twice. Unfortunately for her I don’t follow with those traditions. I am not sure if it’s a good or a bad thing as I would love for my sons to grow with some sort of traditions as I grew up with.


Guisado De Peixe

Apart from my reasoning, this dish of Spicy Tilapia in Recheado Curry is a great dish that you can enjoy the day made or the next. Perfect to impress your guest of your culinary skills. The Spices and the sourness from the Goan coconut vinegar makes the fish taste exotic even though it is so easy to make.

Recheado Masala is a ground spice mix made with red chillies, ginger, garlic, turmeric, cumin, cinnamon, peppercorns, cloves, tamarind, salt and sugar that is ground in pure coconut vinegar.


Ingredients for Recheado Masala


2 lbs of filet Tilapia fish cut 2″ pieces (I buy from Costco as it is fresh)

1 1/2-2 tbsp of Recheado Masala (2 or more if you want it spicy)

1 medium ripe tomato diced

3 cloves garlic diced

1/2 medium onion diced

3/4 cup water

5-8 sprigs of cilantro

salt to taste


Ingredients for Spicy Tilapia in Recheado Curry Recipe


  • Cut the fish in 2″ pieces, wash, apply salt and keep aside.
  • Heat oil, add the diced onion and saute till translucent.
  • Then add the tomato and cook till it softens, put the recheado masala, diced garlic and saute for a 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Add in the water, season it with salt and cover and simmer for 2 to 3 minutes. This helps the curry to be more flavorful ( A trick I learned from my mum, weird but it works).
  • Add the fish, salt to taste if required and cook covered for 5 minutes on medium heat. Open and cook uncovered for another 3 to 5 minutes. Add chopped cilantro.

Spicy Tilapia Curry also called as Goan Peixe Guisado

You can server this Spicy Tilapia in Recheado Curry with white or brown rice or eat it with bread. Hope you enjoy!

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14 Responses to “Goan Spicy Tilapia Curry”

  1. navane64 November 2, 2013 at 2:01 pm #

    Lovely outcome but I don’t think the masala is available over. Yet since you have mentioned what constitutes the mixture, I am tempted to try.

    • Nandini G November 3, 2013 at 10:39 pm #

      Thank You navane64. If you are based in the Us you can check it out at Goan Imports website.

  2. That other cook... November 2, 2013 at 6:02 pm #

    this looks really good, I don’t know if I could find that masala mix around here, i have never seen it. Is it very spicy? i haven never seen that goan coconut vinegar either, these are super exotic ingredients! 🙂

    • Nandini G November 3, 2013 at 10:42 pm #

      Thank You the Paul. If you are based in the US you can check out Goan Imports website.

      • Nandini G November 3, 2013 at 10:53 pm #

        Paul I forgot to mentions its not too spicy I would say Medium spiced and if you add lesser then my suggestion in the recipe it would be less spicier. These spices are imported from Goa and so the vinegar is not available in the US but its an important ingredient in the recipe. I do have a previous write up about more info on how the vinegar is made.

  3. Vinma Joseph (@amomlessmom) November 6, 2013 at 9:16 pm #

    Awesome! We all love fish in our household so I can see myself making this. Thanks for the recipe 🙂

    • Nandini G November 7, 2013 at 9:47 pm #

      Thanks Vinma. Let me know how it goes.

  4. Big Joe & Reba December 21, 2013 at 5:00 am #

    Funnily enough, we have tilapia Fridays in our household for similar reasons. My father unlike me was a devote Catholic and the tradition has stuck. Its fun and a good way to honour him. Can’t wait to try the recipe. In Canada many Indian spices and foods are readily available so we enjoy trying them.

    • Nandini December 21, 2013 at 8:32 am #

      One of the greatest gifts our parents give us is traditions which is priceless. I bet you father would be proud :-). I hope you try it. Merry Christmas!

  5. jesusmyjoy August 20, 2014 at 4:05 am #

    this looks amazing


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