Quick Goan Fish Curry

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Category: Main Dishes | Blog URL: http://www.foodforfriendsyeah.co.uk/2010/02/22/goan-fish-curry/

This recipe was entered in The Foodista Best of Food Blogs Cookbook contest, a compilation of the world’s best food blogs which was published in Fall 2010.


Curry paste
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 teaspoons tamarind paste
1 teaspoon coriander seeds
1 teaspoon ground cumin
2 red chillies, seeds removed and chopped
3 centimeters piece of ginger, chopped skin on
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
2 tablespoons dessicated coconut
Everything else
1 medium onion, finely chopped
2 tomatoes, roughly chopped
1 teaspoon fish sauce
vegetable oil for cooking
pinch of salt
300 grams firm white fish


Combine all the curry paste ingredients together. Pour a tablespoon of oil into a frying pan or wok and cook the paste over a medium heat for 4-5 minutes.
Transfer the paste to a handheld blender and pour in a quarter of the coconut milk – this makes it more liquid and easier to blend. Whiz to a smooth paste and set aside.
Pour a little more oil into your pan and fry the onions until they start to brown. Add the paste, tomato, fish sauce and the rest of the coconut milk. Simmer for 4-5 minutes.
Remove any bones from your fish and cut into bite sized pieces. Cook in the sauce for 10 minutes. Carefully stir now and then, but be careful not to break up the fish.
Serve with plain boiled rice.




This recipe for Goan fish curry has to be one of the quickest and most delicious curries I have ever made. It has a hot, deep spicy flavour and can be ready within half an hour.

You can find Tamarind in many forms and I chose to use the paste made by Barts, which is available in most supermarkets.

On this occasion I used River Cobbler as my firm white fish, which tasted superb and stayed together when cooked – although it’s origin is up for discussion, so you may want to use a more sustainable fish such as pollack.

Ask your fishmonger for a firm white fish and choose the one which looks freshest.




Wednesday, February 24, 2010 - 8:30am


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