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Anjum's Goan fish curry

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Anjun's Goan fish curry
  • Serves: 4

  • Skill level: Easy peasy

 

Anjum Anand's dish delivers everything a curry should - layers of flavour, depth, tartness and a hint of sweetness from the onion and coconut

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 small onion, peeled and chopped
  • 2.5cm piece of cinnamon stick
  • 10g fresh ginger, peeled
  • 7 large cloves of garlic, peeled
  • 1-3 mild dried red chillies
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • ½ tsp garam masala
  • 2 medium tomatoes, puréed
  • 400ml coconut milk
  • 450g firm white fish fillets, cut into large cubes
  • Salt, to taste, and lots of freshly ground black pepper

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This curry lends itself to a variety of seafood and not just fish - try making it with prawns, mussels, clams or squid, if you wish. You could add green chillies at the end for that added pungency and also for colour, but you can leave them out. Most Indian stores sell packets of dried red chillies from different regions of India, each with different heat. Ask them for something mild; if you know you can't take heat, you can add some red chilli powder to taste towards the end of cooking or a little paprika powder to mimic that beautiful peachy-red colour.

Method

  1. Heat the vegetable oil in a large non-stick saucepan. Add the mustard seeds and, once they are popping, turn the heat down and add the onion and cinnamon. Cook the onion until golden, around 8 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, using a blender, make a fine paste of the ginger, garlic and chillies with 50ml water. Add this to the cooked onions along with the powdered spices. Cook until reduced, then fry over a low heat for 2 minutes or until the oil is released.
  3. Add the tomatoes and another 100ml water; cook until completely reduced and fry the paste for 4-5 minutes or until the oil comes out on top.
  4. Stir in the coconut milk and 150ml water, bring to a gentle simmer and allow the flavours to marry and develop for 5 minutes. Add the fish and cook until done, around 4-5 minutes.
  5. Taste and adjust the seasoning, then serve.

Top tip: This curry lends itself to a variety of seafood and not just fish - try making it with prawns, mussels, clams or squid, if you wish. You could add green chillies at the end for that added pungency and also for colour, but you can leave them out. Most Indian stores sell packets of dried red chillies from different regions of India, each with different heat. Ask them for something mild; if you know you can't take heat, you can add some red chilli powder to taste towards the end of cooking or a little paprika powder to mimic that beautiful peachy-red colour.This recipe was taken from Anjum's New Indian, by celebrity chef Anjum Anand, available from Amazon, RRP £20.

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Charlotte Deputy Editor

I love Anjum's recipes because although the ingredients lists can seem a little daunting at first, almost all of it will last for ages and once you've got all the basics you can make any kind of curry.

Rupali

I tried the Goa fish curry with squid...it was yummmm but a small tip..if using squid,boil the squid pieces in water with a little salt for 5-7 minutes and then add the squid with the water to the curry. Reduce the water added along with coconut milk suitably.

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