Fish curry is a staple dish where I come from. I had it at least 4 days a week, well but with different fish and a added twist my whole childhood. It goes very well with a cup of white or brown rice and a fried fish.
I do prepare it once a while now and my husband loves it and we enjoy till we finish the last drop of it :). It is a very simple dish and I am sure you will like it. You can make this curry with most of the fish’s available, to start with you can try with prawns, lane snapper, mackerel.
This curry is a perfect balance of flavors, has the mild sweetness from coconut, tanginess from mango and spice from pepper and chillies. You can reduce the amount of spice with adding less amount of pepper and chillies.
I use fresh coconut but a frozen shredded coconut will also do. Today I have made it with fresh lane snapper.
Ground all the ingredients except oil, fish and onions
2 cups fresh/frozen coconut
1 tbsp whole coriander seeds
7 to 8 black peppercorns
4 garlic cloves
1/2 inch ginger
4 to 5 kashmiri whole chillies(these are lightly spiced and give the bright red color to the curry, you could also use whole paprika’s instead)
1/2 tsp turmeric
1 inch dry mango /tamarind/ or 1 tomato – This is for the tangy flavor, I also use Kokum which is widely used in konkan region of India.
3 cup water
2 tbsp coconut oil
1 small sized onion
4 pieces of lane snapper, each of 1 1/2 inch or so, You could also use 8 to 10 prawns
1. Grind all the ingredients except oil, onions and fish, with a glass of water to start with. Get it to a fine consistency as possible. Add more water if required.
2. In a vessel, add coconut oil and finely chopped onions. Saute till the onions turn brown, add the ground paste to the onion mixture and add remaining water and stir it well and get the curry to a boil. Note the curry shouldn’t be too thin or thick, somewhere in between.
3. Add fish to the boiling curry, keep on a low flame and let it simmer for at least 5 to 7 minutes.
As easy as that, you can enjoy this curry with rice or your favorite bread.