Fish Curry

Mike Chetty


The acknowledged benefits of fish as a healthy food, have turned the spotlight increasingly on the sea as a source of delicious protein. In the broadest sense "seafood" is any water-dwelling edible, the water being fresh or salty. It thus encompasses fish, crustaceans, molluscs, cephalopods, and seaweeds.This dish was created for a food competition and won many accolades.

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15 Min
45 Min


1 kg snapper or kingklip
1 tsp
chili powder
2 tsp
coriander powder
1 1/2 tsp
cumin powder
1 tsp
fennel powder
1 tsp
turmeric powder
100 ml
cooking oil
1 sprig(s)
curry leaves
1 can(s)
tomato paste(410g)
1-2 medium
green chiles
45 g
tamarind(soaked in 600ml) water
4 medium
thin long eggplants
1/2 tsp
table salt
1 large
brown onion sliced
2 large
red ripe tomatoes grated
8 clove
garlic( coarsely crushed)
1 tsp
white sugar
1 c
cooking oil (to fry fish)
1/2 bunch
fresh coriander leaves (for garnish)


1slice fish,wash and drain in colander.
2smear fish with 1/2 tsp of chili powder,1/2 tsp of turmeric powder,1 tsp of coriander powder,1 tsp of cumin powder,1 tsp of fennel powder and 1 tsp of salt.
3cover fish with splatter screen and fry turning for 2 minute per side, remove and set aside.
4heat oil in a thick bottomed saucepan and braise onions until slightly brown.
5add curry leaves,powdered spices and stir using a wooden spoon, then add grated tomato and tomato paste.
6add garlic,green chilies,1/2salt,sugar and cook over moderate heat for 5 minutes.
7extract tamarind juice and strain into saucepan.
8when mixture begins boiling place pieces of fried fish and allow to cook on moderate heat for 30 minutes until the gravy thickens and oil floats on top of sauce.
9do not stir fish curry as pieces of fish will break,but shake the saucepan lightly from side to side so that the gravy coats pieces of fish.
10eggplants can be washed and cut into quarters and added to the curry,15 minutes before the completion of cooking.
11garnish with chopped coriander leaves.
serve with cooked rice.
N.B. Fish curry improves in flavor if eaten after a day.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Fish
Hashtag: #Fish Seafood