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Fish Curry

This is a delicate and simple Fish Curry that is ready in no time and works great with white fish such as cod or Monkfish. The flavours are delicate and lightened by the addition of coconut milk making it a light and fragrant dish that doesn’t overpower the fish.

The trickiest part of this dish is making sure the fish doesn’t fall apart. You do this by cooking it for the correct amount of time and by not moving the fish around too much. Salting the fish before cooking also draws out extra moisture and firms up the fish.

Fish Curry
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A light and delicate curry recipe ideal for white fish or prawns
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: British, Indian, Sri Lankan
Serves: 2 persons
Main Ingredients
  • Cod or Mokfish, cut into 2 inch chunks
  • Salt
For the curry
  • ½ tsp mustard seeds
  • ½ tsp fenugreek seeds
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 tsp ginger puree
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • ¼ tsp chilli powder
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper
  • 4 medium tomatoes (peeled, 2 choped into chunks and the other 2 puréed).
  • ½ cup vegetable, seafood or chicken stock
  • ½ tsp tamarind paste
  • salt pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp thick coconut milk or cream
  • ½ lime, juiced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • small bunch of coriander, chopped
Prepare the fish
  1. Start by washing the fish, cutting into chunks and sprinkling with salt (light sprinkling otherwise it will become too salty)
  2. Leave for 30 minutes or so for the salt to draw out the moisture cod curry - prepare the cod by salting lightly to draw out moisture and firm up
For the Curry Sauce
  1. Heat 2 tbsp vegetable oil and when hot add the mustard and fenugreek seeds.
  2. Once the mustard seeds start popping add the onions. Fry the mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds and onions
  3. Fry on a medium heat for around 5 minutes then add the ginger
  4. Fry for a further 2 minutes then reduce the heat to low.
  5. Add the turmeric, cumin, coriander, chilli powder & black pepper.
  6. Fry for 2 minutes Fry the fish curry spices
  7. Add the tomatoes (both pureed and chopped), the stock and tamarind paste. Add the tomatoes, stock and tamarind for the fish curry
  8. Stir well and allow to cook for 5-10 minutes on a medium heat (If the sauce gets too thin then add more water or stock)
  9. When the sauce is almost ready add the coconut cream and stir through.
  10. Add a squeeze of lime and taste for seasoning
  11. Then add the fish (do not stir and just turn once) - we cooked ours for around 7 minutes. Add the fish into the fish curry sauce
  12. Once the fish is cooked remove carefully from the pan (reserve the sauce).
  13. Add the fresh chopped coriander to the curry sauce Remove the cooked fish and set aside
  14. Then spoon over the curry sauce over the fish pieces.
  15. Serve with basmati rice.

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