Try a lighter curry that’s full of flavour. This fish curry has a delicious coconut and mango sauce flavoured with tamarind, ginger and spices.
2 tsp cumin seeds
4 tsp coriander seeds
50ml/2fl oz sunflower oil
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 tsp black mustard seeds
1 tsp turmeric
1 stick cinnamon, broken up
3 garlic cloves, chopped
1 red chilli, seeds removed and finely chopped
2cm/½in fresh ginger
1 mango, finely diced
100g/3½oz fresh coconut, grated
400ml/14fl oz coconut milk
800g/1lb 12oz white fish fillets, pin-boned, skin removed, diced
4 tsp tamarind paste
4 tbsp finely chopped fresh coriander
For the pilau rice, heat the oil in a large saucepan and, once hot, add the onion. Cook until the onions are golden-brown, this will take approximately 10 minutes.
Stir in the cardamom, cinnamon and star anise. Add the rice and stir to coat in the onion spice mix. Add 600ml/21fl oz water and bring to the boil, reduce the heat to low and cover with a lid. Cook for 15 minutes then turn off the heat, leaving the lid on, and leave to steam for another 15 minutes.
For the curry, heat a small frying pan and add the cumin and coriander seeds and cook until they start to pop. Remove from the pan, transfer to a pestle and mortar and pound the seeds to a coarse powder.
In a large pan, heat the sunflower oil. When hot, add the onions and fry for 4-5 minutes, or until deeply golden-brown. Add all the spices (including those from the pestle and mortar), garlic, chilli, ginger, mango and fresh coconut and cook for 2- 3 minutes and then add the coconut milk and bring to the boil.
Add the fish and cook for 2-3 minutes.
To finish, add the tamarind paste and coriander and simmer for 1-2 minutes.
Method for the coriander flatbeads, mix the turmeric, curry powder, coriander, salt, flour and in a bowl adding enough water to create a soft dough.
Knead using floured hands and roll out on a floured surface until thin. Cut into rustic shapes and then pan fry in a hot pan brushed with butter for 4-5 minutes on each side or until golden-brown.
Serve the curry and rice in shallow serving bowls and place the flatbreads on the side.
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