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Authentic Goan fish curry recipe

Prep time
15 mins
Cooking Time
15 mins


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3 red finger chillies, de-seeded and roughly chopped
1 tablespoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
3cm piece of fresh root ginger, grated
1 tablespoon tamarind paste
400g MSC certified pollock fillet, skinless and boneless
Salt and freshly ground black pepper- to taste
50ml sunflower oil
1/2 medium onion, sliced
2 green or red chillies, split open
1 tomato, chopped
125ml canned coconut milk
1 tablespoon fresh coriander, chopped

To serve:

Naan bread


1. To make a curry paste, blend together the 3 red finger chillies, 1/2 of the ground coriander, the cumin, turmeric, garlic, ginger and tamarind paste until smooth, using either a food processor or pestle and mortar.

2. Cut the pollock fillets into halves (or chunky pieces if really large), then season well with salt and pepper.

3. Heat the oil to medium/high in a deep frying pan, add the onion and fry for about 5 minutes, until golden brown. Then add the split chillies, curry paste, the other 1/2 of the ground coriander and a little more oil if necessary, slowly stirring everything together.

4. Mix in the tomato and fry for 1 minute, then add the coconut milk and season with more salt and pepper before reducing the heat.

5. Add the fish to the pan, cover and simmer gently over a medium heat for about 5-6 minutes, turning the fish over half-way through. Add the fresh coriander and season again with salt and pepper.

6. Serve in bowls with boiled rice and naan bread as sides.

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