This Indonesian dish packs a massive flavour punch and is quick and easy to make.
5 tbsp vegetable oil
1kg/2lb 4oz salmon fillet, cut into cubes
2 cinnamon stick
3 cardamom pods
1 stalk lemongrass, roughly chopped
400ml/14fl oz coconut milk
2 tsp tamarind paste
6 kaffir lime leaves
6 tbsp desiccated coconut, toasted
2 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp fish sauce
2 limes, juice only
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
For the spice paste, place all the ingredients into a food processor and pulse to form a paste. Transfer the paste to a small bowl and set aside.
For the salmon, heat a heavy-based pan over a medium heat, add half the oil then brown the salmon on all sides, remove from the pan and set aside.
Add the remaining oil to the pan and fry the spice paste for 2-3 minutes. Add the cinnamon, cloves, star anise, cardamom and lemongrass and cook for another couple of minutes.
Return the salmon to the pan, mix well then add the coconut milk, 200ml/7fl oz water, tamarind paste and lime leaves and bring to a simmer.
Add the toasted coconut, soy and fish sauces and return to the boil, stirring all the time to make sure it doesn’t stick.
Turn down to a gentle simmer and cook for 2-3 minutes. Add the lime juice and season with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.
For the salad, whisk the rice wine vinegar and sesame oil together in a bowl then add the remaining ingredients and toss to combine.
To serve, spoon the curry onto the plate and pile the salad alongside.
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James is joined by chefs Paul Rankin and Nigel Haworth, plus actor Bradley Walsh.
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