Goan Fish Curry


Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 25 minutes
Total time: 40 minutes 40 minutes
Serves: 4


  1. 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  2. 1 onion, chopped
  3. 1 tsp mustard seeds
  4. 10g fresh root ginger
  5. 1½ tsp ground cumin
  6. 2 tsp ground coriander
  7. ½ tsp turmeric
  8. 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  9. 2 red chillies, chopped
  10. 2 tsp tamarind paste
  11. 2 tomatoes, chopped
  12. 400ml can coconut milk
  13. 500g firm white fish fillets, such as cod or haddock, cut into large cubes
  14. A few coriander sprigs, to garnish


  1. Heat the vegetable oil in a medium saucepan.
  2. Add the chopped onion and mustard seeds and cook over a low to medium heat for about 8 minutes, until the onion is soft and light golden in colour.
    Peel and grate the ginger and add to the pan, then add the ground cumin, coriander, turmeric, garlic and chillies.
  3. Cook, stirring frequently, for a minute or so, until the aroma of the spices is released.
  4. Add the tamarind paste, chopped tomatoes and coconut milk to the pan, then pour in 100ml water. Bring to the boil, then simmer gently for about 10 minutes, until thickened slightly. Season to taste.
  5. Tip the fish into the pan and cook for 2–3 minutes. When the fish is just cooked – it should be opaque – remove from the heat. Serve at once, accompanied by steamed rice and scattered with the coriander.




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