28 January 2009

Fish in Tamarind Sauce

A fish curry that's been tried, tested and polished off our plates quite a number of times is this quick and easy recipe from Sig's Live to Eat. The beauty of this recipe is the unique blend of tamarind and coconut milk that makes this curry very likable for its mild spiciness. While Sig used halibut in this recipe, I've tried it with both king fish and pomfret and both taste great. Frying the fish and then dunking it in the sauce leaves it crunchy and soft at the same time. The curry tastes great with rice and sliced onions rubbed with lime and salt.

You need:

For the Marinade:
4-6 pieces of king fish filets or 2 pomfrets, cleaned
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp paprika
salt to taste
1/4 tsp olive oil

For the Sauce:
1/2 cup shallots thinly sliced
1 tbsp diced garlic
1 green chili pepper slit
a few curry leaves
1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp coriander powder
1/2 tsp red chilli powder
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp tamarind paste
1 cup coconut milk

Wash the fish and pat dry with paper towels. Rub the fish pieces with the olive oil and season with pepper, paprika and salt.

To make the sauce, heat oil in a sauce pan, and saute the shallots, garlic and green chilli till soft. Add the curry leaves and saute for another minute. Reduce the heat and add the spice powders and saute till the spices are cooked well. Add the tamarind paste, salt and coconut milk and bring to a boil on medium heat.

In the mean time, heat some oil in a pan just enough for shallow frying. Fry the fish pieces, skin side down for four minutes on high heat. Turn the pieces and cook the other side on medium heat for four more minutes.

To serve, arrange the fish on the serving plate and top with two table spoons of sauce. Serve with rice or a salad.


Nags said...

the andhra chepala pulusu is very similar and i love the curry!

Happy cook said...

Wow the fish curry looks so yummy delicous. Just looking to the picture itself i am drooling.
With a plate full of plain rice for me please :-)

Asha said...

Looks delicious, J. I should start cooking with Fish too, I like Salmon.Made a snack dish with Shrimps the other day, warming up to Sea food slowly! :))

Mallika said...

What a fantastic recipe. I've got two whole rainbow trouts I need to use up.

Sig said...

Glad you liked this Jyo... You can't go wrong with fish, tamarind and coconut milk, right? :)
Looks great, I love king fish, we can only get it an Asian Market miles away... haven't been there in a while. :(

Kitchen Flavours said...

Wow makes me drool. Looks yummy.

Shreya said...

Your fish curry looks delicious!I love fish in tamarind sauce, and just recently made pomfret fish curry this way. I do add some tomatoes too for colour and avoid coconut milk at times

Cynthia said...

My mouth is running water here :)

Malar Gandhi said...

Yumm, ooks perfect for me...

Sandeepa said...

Yummy fish curry want some with rice right now

mathew said...

I love fish in any form..i mean if its cooked too..;-D

but i guess give a choice I would always prefer puli itta meen curry...

MR said...

never tried fish with tamarind .
will try as I have the recipe now!!

Subrata said...

I wonder if Tilapia can be used instead of King fish or pomfret?