Friday, September 6, 2013


Creamy Tomato & Coconut fish Curry
Ijust realised that I don't experiment a lot with fish. It usually is served in the form of a Fish Fry, a Meen Vevichathu or a Kannur Style Meen Curry. I never went beyond that because I never felt the need to.I was very happy with the same old curry or maybe an occassional Malabar Fish Masala & a Fish Moilee. A few days ago, I was browsing through Monica's cookbook and realised that she had many recipes for seafood and her signature Fish Curry caught my attention.

Mise en Place
Creamy Tomato & Coconut fish Curry
It's simplicity is beyond words.The texture is super creamy and the curry tastes very mild even though there's a kick from the serrano and the bite from the cayenne.I was tempeted to add more cayenne than what she had suggested but later realised that it would have been a bit too much. Or,it could be the brand of chilli powder that I am using.The heat varies from brand to brand.So add accordingly.And the beautiful red mini cocotte that the curry is served was gifted to us by Honey Sarah Naveen,when we met her back in June.

Creamy Tomato & Coconut fish Curry
After Ian was born, I know my day (s)can be unpredictable.I cannot predict what I will have to run after, as soon as I put my hand in to the tray of raw fish/meat/poultry.It could be him climbing on our sofa, on our ottoman or even our LazyBoy!Luckily, he is very sensible for his age.He is careful about what he does. Even though I am running behind him clearing up whatever he pulls out or drops, I am constantly thinking of what to cook/bake next!

Creamy Tomato & Coconut fish Curry
Many of you ask me how I manage my day/daily chores with a baby on my hips! The thing is, to be honest, I really don't care! I just do what I have to without thinking much. I've noticed that I've been cooking a lot more than what I used to,before he came into our lives. I think it's because I need something else to concetrate other than just the baby.Cooking is such a pleasure for me. Whenever I cook, I give it my full concentration. I've even noticed that I enjoy peeling garlic and ginger so much more than before,just so that I can get busy in my head,in my own world. I have always been 'from the scratch' kinda cook but now, I am obsessed.I even bake our daily bread! Baby magic? Well, I like to think so :-) That keeps me going!

Creamy Tomato & Coconut fish Curry
2 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 teaspoon black mustard seeds
3 big cloves of garlic, crushed
1 inch ginger,grated
2 serrano chilies, chopped
10 curry leaves
1 large tomato,chopped
1 teaspoon red chili powder
1 teaspoon turmeric powder
1/4 teaspoon salt, to start with
1 pound fish, cut into bite sized pieces
Scant 1 cup thick coconut milk

Method: Heat oil in a large pan. Add the mustard seeds and when it pops, add crushed garlic,grated ginger, chopped serrano chilies & curry leaves and saute for 1 minute. Add the chopped tomato and cook it for 10-12 minutes or until you get to see the oil released. If it is sticking, add a little bit of water to aid the process.Add the powders and saute for minute. Now, add in the fish,stir and let it cook for 5 minutes. Then, add the coconut milk and bring to a boil.Reduce the heat and let the curry simmer until the fish is cooked.Serve hot with steamed rice.
Getting back to the curry. It was absolutely marvelous and we loved it. I mopped it up with some homemade Milk Bread (the one you just saw in a photograph above).There's something magical about simplicity in recipes and if you want to be a believer,I insist you to give this recipe a try.
Ian loves his toy fish. So when I was feeding him, I told him that he was having rice with fish(chorum-mee mee-um).As he gobbled it up, I could see his little eyes wandering around to locate his favourite toy! I couldn't help but smile and the same time felt sad thinking what must have gone through that little innocent mind of his :-)


Sangeeta said...

Lovely, Ria. The way you have summed up motherhood and your love for cooking. Can relate to you so much. And as for the recipe, shall try it out this weekend for sure!

Shree said...

kidilan curry !

Mia said...

I've never had fish curry. It looks so appetizing!

Mireya @myhealthyeatinghabits

Chelle B said...

I love curry but have never tried a fish curry. This looks so delicious.

Unknown said...

Hi Ria... This is an awesome fish curry with the richness of coconut milk and tomatoes..... :)

Finla said...

Curry looks super yumm. And wish i had them.

Chitz said...

NO shallots or onions used.. Very easy to make & surely those pics tempt me !

lakshmi said...

Lovely curry...just tried it....thanks ria..

Linz said...

Hi Ria! Thank You for this lip-smacking but simple recipe! My 1.8 year old daughter just kept asking for more.. :) With every morsel down, my husband just kept appreciating this simple Fish curry!! With the onion prices soaring everyday here in India, this dish comes as a winner!! A special Thank You on behalf of my daughter!! :)

Unknown said...

Fish curry with coconut and tomato looks so testy although till i tried nothing. Coconut is the healthy fruit and its make health.

Jobin said...

Made fish curry for the first time, followed this recipe. Turned out well.

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