How to Make Fish Curry With Rice for Babies & Toddlers - FirstCry Parenting

Fish Curry With Rice Recipe

Fish curry can be incorporated into a baby’s diet in the early days of weaning. The taste buds need to be gently trained and you’re sure to get surprised when your child starts relishing a healthy bowl of fish curry with rice for lunch or dinner. Diverse fish curry preparations of India carry the cultural traditions of different regions that are known for their distinctly aromatic tastes. Loaded with important nutrients like protein, vitamin D, omega3 fatty acids, fish is among the healthiest food for humans. Suitable for babies of 10 months and above, this traditional fish curry and rice for babies can be made in a kid-friendly way quickly and easily.

Cooking Time 

Type Time (hh:mm:ss)
Preparation Time 00:10:00
Cook Time 00:20:00
Total Time 00:30:00

Cooking Method 

Gas Stove

Type of Meal 


Suitable For 

Any baby above 11 months of age

Meal Schedule 

Lunch or Dinner

Recipe Type 

Main Dish


Ingredients Quantity and Volume
Fish 500 g
Turmeric Powder 1 tsp
Ginger garlic paste 1 tsp
Salt To Taste
Onion 2
Tomato 1
Oil 2 tbsp
Water 3  cup
Boiled Rice 1 cup
Coriander Leaves 1 handful
Pepper Powder 1 Pinch


If you’re interested to know how to make fish curry and rice in the easiest and fastest way then the step by step directions given here will guide you to make the tastiest fish.

  1. Marinate the fish with salt and pepper in a bowl.
  2. Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a frying pan and fry the fish until it is cooked and appears crispy
  3. Add 1 tablespoon of oil in a pan and fry the sliced onion till are translucent in colour. Add diced tomatoes.
  4. Next, put the ginger garlic paste which needs to be stirred until browned and oil starts getting released.
  5. Add turmeric powder, salt, and water to the curry and boil it for 5 minutes
  6. Reduce the heat and gently drop the fish into the curry before covering it for 10 more minutes
  7. Once the gravy thickens, flip the fish pieces occasionally to cook it from both sides
  8. Garnish with coriander leaves before serving
  9. Make rice separately by boiling it with water
  10. Check for the softness of the rice and drain out the water
  11. Transfer the fish curry into a plate
  12. Serve hot with rice

Recipe Tips

This simple fish curry and rice recipe are a ready reckoner for all mothers who want to include this dish into their child’s daily diet plan.

  • Instead of frozen fish choose freshwater fish or mild white fish for this dish
  • Choose fish with less bone so that deboning becomes easier and faster
  • Use only clean water for cleaning the fish well before cooking
  • Basic hygienic habits like washing hands is a must before preparing to cook any dish for your baby. Only clean utensils should be used to make the fish curry
  • Fry the fish well till its raw smell disappears
  • Vegetables like potato, beans or peas can be added to enhance its nutritional value

Nutrition Information of Fish Curry (Per 100 Grams)

Nutrient Value
Calories 100 kCal
Protein 12.4 g
Carbohydrates 1.9 g
Fibre 0.5 g
Fat 4.59 g
Cholesterol 32 mg
Vitamin A (IU) 112
Calcium 45 mg
Iron 0.99 mg
Saturated fat 0.716 g
Carbohydrate 1.9 g
Potassium 289 mg
Vitamin C 0.9 mg

Nutrition Information for Rice (Per 100 Grams)

Nutrient Value
Calories 242 kCal
Fat 0.4 g
Protein 4.4 g

Health Benefits

Here are some of the health benefits of home-made fish curry and rice baby food recipe that makes it the best wholesome meal for your child.

  • Omega 3 fatty acid in fish is important for brain and eye development. It also reduces the risk of type 1 diabetes in children.
  • Regular consumption of fish is linked to a 24% lower risk of asthma in children.
  • Being a good dietary source of Vitamin D, fish is vital for the growth and maintenance of healthy bones and teeth, especially among children.
  • As fish is a great source of DHA or healthy fat, it is essential for a child’s nervous system and vision.
  • Essential minerals like calcium, zinc, iron and magnesium content of the fish help in promoting a better immune system for your child.
  • You can choose brown rice that has higher fibre content and offers more antioxidant enzymes.

Buying Guide

  • If the fish’s belly and gut feels soft to touch, it is probably not fresh.
  • In case of a pungent fishy odour, the fish is rotten. So buy fish from a reputable fish market to ensure its best quality.
  • Fish curry can be cooked in mustard or refined oil.
  • Check the expiry date of the spices used as ingredients in this dish.
  • Check for the texture, appearance, and colour of the rice before buying rice which does not have lice. So make sure to buy rice from a trusted store.

A bowl of rich and fragrant fish curry cooked with love will surely appeal to all members of your family. If your child is a fussy eater then this delicious gently spiced dish is a great option for meeting the vitamin and mineral requirements of an active and growing baby’s body.


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