Goan Fish Curry recipe is the most popular curry in Goa and rest parts of India. It’s an everyday staple with rice. Goan’s loves their rice and fish curry or Xitt Codi as it is called in Konkani the local language. Goa is located on the coastal belt in India and fish is an integral part of Goan food diet. It’s the least complicated curry I know and is made by simply combining the ingredients and simmering it for 30 to 45 minutes to perfection. It’s also versatile you can use fish, meat, shrimps and vegetables. I have cooked it in all ways, and it taste delicious.

This post gives you the bare bones idea of making the famous Goan curry. One of my guilty pleasures is the next morning for breakfast to take some curry in a pan and simmer till it thicken and eat it with freshly baked french loaf  the aroma will have you drooling for more.

Ingredients for Goan Fish Curry Recipe


  • 1 can of coconut milk (works best with thick not lite)
  • 1/2 cup frozen shredded coconut
  • 5 garlic clove chopped fine
  • 1 tamarind ball (Nickel size)
  • 1 tbsp cumin powder
  • 1 tbsp coriander powder
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tbsp kashmiri chilli powder
  • 2 tbsp paprika
  • 1 small onion chopped fine
  • 2 lbs of fish or chicken
  • 2 cup water
  • 10 curry leaves (optional)
  • Salt to taste


  • Apply salt to fish or chicken and keep aside.
  • Grind together 1/2 can of coconut milk, shredded coconut, garlic, spices all together for 1-2 minutes.
  • Pour the content into a pot add the chopped onions and the remaining coconut milk and water.
  • Boil on medium low heat uncovered for 45 minutes.
  • When using fish, add it now along with curry leaves and cook for another 10 minutes.
Goan Fish Curry Recipe

When using Chicken

  • Add cut 2 lbs chicken in the beginning and salt to taste. Boil for 45 – 55 minutes on medium heat uncovered. Serve with White Rice.
  • If you are a vegetarian no worries, I used Brussels sprouts and it was yummylicious. Add it just as the fish for 10 minutes. Okra, whole peeled raw mango, pumpkin, butternut squash works great.
  • If you don’t like tamarind you can skip but it makes a huge difference in the taste if added.
Goan coconut curry made with brussels sprouts

This deep orangish red coconut curry from Goa will make a lasting impression. No matter where you go this Goan fish curry recipe is always part of my and countless Goan’s who live away from home, part of their heritage and gets passed down from generations to generations.