Full of flavour yet mild enough for those of you who are not lovers of spicy food.
The good folks at LCBO where this recipe came from suggest a cold Riesling or Sauvignon Blanc to compliment the flavours in this dish.
South Indian Fish Curry
2 Tablespoons coriander seeds
1 Tablespoon cumin seeds
1 teaspoon black peppercorns
1 teaspoon mustard seeds
2 whole star anise
1 teaspoon ground tumeric
1 teaspoon mild curry powder
4 – 5 Tablespoons water
2 Tablespoons oil
1 large onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, smashed and finely minced
2 teaspoons grated ginger – from about 1″ fresh ginger root
1/2 cup crushed tomatoes
1/2 cup coconut milk (unsweetened)
1 lb Mahi- Mahi, Red Snapper or other firm white fish cut into bite size pieces
In spice grinder, mix coriander, cumin, peppercorns, mustard seeds and star anise and blend until finely ground. Transfer to bowl and stir in tumeric and curry powder. Add the water to make a paste & set aside.
Heat oil in large frying pan over medium heat. Add onions and a pinch of salt. cook until onions are soft and just beginning to turn brown. Add garlic and ginger and cook, stirring, 1 minute. Reduce heat to low, scrape onions to side of pan and spice paste to the spot you have cleared. Cook spice paste, stirring constantly, until most of the water has evaporated – about 5 minutes.
Stir in tomatoes and coconut, increase heat to medium high and bring to boil. Reduce heat to med low and cook until sauce is slightly thickened – about 10 minutes.
Season fish with salt and add to pan, gently stirring to coat with the sauce. Cover skillet and cook 4 – 5 minutes, just until fish is cooked through.
Garnish with cilantro sprigs and lime zest and serve with plenty of rice and Na’an bread to soak up the sauce.