Fenugreek Fish Masala – Methi Fish is one of my favourite fish dishes. This spiced fish in a yoghurt and fenugreek gravy makes for a delicious meal. 

Fish Masala in white casserole dish

I also enjoy Masala Fish and Mint and Coriander Baked Fish Parcels but this Methi Fish is my absolute favourite. I can just taste it now. It was such a hit that it didn’t actually make it to the intended recipient. My family gobbled it all up. I know, how sweet of them. 

The yoghurt gravy really has to be cooked out so that it becomes thick and clings to the fish. With naan or roti it is divine. I can’t talk about it too much in fear of dribbling down my chin. Knowing my luck, my husband will walk in, see me drooling and walk away in disgust or laugh his head off. I really hope you get my sense of humour, otherwise I probably sound like a weird freak. Which I am. 

This picture doesn’t have very indian styling because I couldn’t find the dishes I needed. We have what used to be an awesome charity shop near where I live. I say used to be because it has become so expensive. People don’t go to a charity shop to spend a fortune. Yes I get that the money is going to charity but when the prices suddenly went up and I had gone in with £2.50, it was a shock. Yesterday I went in as I generally do when I have stepped foot outside the house on my own. (A VERYYY rare occurrence). Anyway, basically everything was so expensive. There was a bowl (like a big mixing bowl for baking) that I am sure I paid less for at the supermarket. There is a shop further down that is much cheaper though and the owner of the shop is reallllllly passionate about the stuff he sells.

When my husband is with me we are in there for AAAAAGES because they both LOVE to talk. I am not a small talk person. I do try but I do also fail and then things get awkward. The school gates yesterday was a wonderful example of my inability to keep a conversation going. Especially because I had to speak in Urdu. My urdu is terrible. I wish I could put a sound clip in so you could hear the atrocities that were coming out of my tomato faced mouth. Kinda reminds me of a time when my brother in law told us that a lady had come round to theirs to see his mum and my sister said to her ‘Aap (Urdu for you) sit here’. I guess you have to understand how that would sound to a person who is fluent in Urdu. Still makes me laugh way too much because I can just imagine her panicking and stumbling over her words only to come out with that. Hahahahaha.

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Fenugreek Fish Masala – Methi Fish

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4 -6


Fish Marinade

  • 400 g White Firm Fish
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Red Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp Coriander Powder
  • 1 tsp Cumin Powder
  • 1 Clove Garlic crushed
  • Little Lemon Juice
  • Salt
  • 2 tbsp Mustard or any other Oil


  • 1/4 tsp Fenugreek Seeds
  • 2 Small Onions or 1 Large Onion finely diced
  • 2 Green chillies Slit down the middle
  • 1/2 inch Ginger grated
  • 4-5 cloves Garlic crushed Adjust to taste
  • 200 g Tomatoes blended
  • 1 tsp Red Chilli Powder
  • 1 tsp Chilli Flakes
  • 2 tsp Coriander powder
  • 1 tsp Cumin Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1/2 cup or 125g Natural Yoghurt
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper
  • 2 tbsp Dry Fenugreek Leaves Kasuri Methi
  • Salt to taste
  • Juice of 1/2 Small Lemon


  1. Before you marinade the fish if the pieces are large cut them in half, sprinkle some salt over it and set aside for 15 minutes.
  2. Marinade the fish in all the ingredients for the marinade.
  3. Heat the oil in a large non stick pan, over a medium high heat
  4. Fry for 2-3 minutes each side and remove into a plate.
  5. Add the seeds to the oil and heat for a minute (you may need to turn the heat down to stop the oil smoking). Add the onions to the same pan and cook until browned (5-8 minutes).
  6. Mix in the ginger, garlic and green chilli.
  7. Pour in the tomatoes, turn the heat down and cook for a further 7-8 minutes.
  8. Add red chilli powder, chilli flakes, turmeric powder, coriander and cumin powder and salt and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  9. Stir in the yogurt and pepper and cook for a minute.
  10. Add the fish pieces, Kasuri methi and a cup/250ml of water and simmer for 10-12 minutes.
  11. Add lemon juice and cook for another minute.

Recipe Notes

Generally Methi fish doesn't have tomato in it, so you can skip that part if you wish. I just think it works really well.

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