Coconut mackerel curry

Coconut mackerel curry

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Indian Food Made Easy
Serves
4
Photographer
Vanessa Courtier

This is a gorgeous curry from Chennai, full of flavours that are then tamed by the coconut. It is a coastal dish and proud of it. Mackerel is very popular in the south of India and is used regularly in coconut curries with tamarind to balance the flavours. Cut it into steaks as these keep the fish together and the bones add flavour to the gravy. Serve with rice – nothing else is needed.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon fenugreek seeds
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
25 curry leaves, torn
2 medium onions, peeled and roughly chopped
2 medium tomatoes, roughly chopped
15g garlic, peeled and roughly chopped
8g fresh ginger, peeled and roughly chopped
1 teaspoon turmeric
3/4-1 1/2 teaspoons red chilli powder
1 tablespoon coriander powder
350ml water
450-500g whole mackerel, cleaned and cut into steaks 2.5cm thick
3-5 green chillies, left whole
1 1/2 teaspoons tamarind paste, or to taste
250ml coconut milk
salt, to taste

Method

  1. Heat the oil in a large non-stick saucepan. Add the fenugreek, cumin seeds and 10 of the curry leaves and fry for 10 seconds. Add the onions and cook for about 6–8 minutes until golden.
  2. Meanwhile, puree together the tomatoes, garlic and ginger and powdered spices. Add to the pan and cook for 8–10 minutes over a high heat or until you can see little droplets of oil on the sides of the masala. Add a splash of water at any point, if necessary.
  3. Add the water, bring to a boil and then add the fish, green chillies and remaining curry leaves. Bring back to the boil and cook for 3–4 minutes. Stir in most of the tamarind paste but leave a little to add later. Once the fish is cooked, add the coconut milk. Stir well, taste and adjust the seasoning and sourness (adding the remainder of the tamarind paste if necessary) and add more water if you prefer a thinner curry.
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