Tomato & tamarind fish curry

Tomato & tamarind fish curry

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Cooking time

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 25 mins

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Serves 4

Use a sustainable white fish like hake and serve up this healthy, Indian spice-pot with green beans and coriander

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  • 6 garlic cloves
  • 1 red chilli, roughly chopped (deseeded if you don't like it too hot)
  • thumb-sized piece ginger, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tbsp ground coriander
  • 1 tbsp rapeseed oil
  • 2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp fennel seed
  • 2 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes
  • 200g green beans, trimmed and halved
  • 1 tbsp tamarind paste
  • 4 firm white fish fillets (we used hake)
  • handful coriander leaves, roughly chopped
  • cooked basmati rice, to serve

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  1. Blitz together the garlic, chilli, ginger, turmeric and ground coriander with 3 tbsp water. Heat the oil in a large pan and toast the cumin and fennel seeds, letting them sizzle until aromatic. Add the ginger paste and fry for 3 mins.
  2. Empty the tomatoes into the spice pan, plus a can of water. Add the beans, bring to the boil, then turn down the heat and simmer for 5 mins. Stir in the tamarind paste. Add the fish fillets, generously season with ground black pepper, cover and simmer for 10 mins. Take off the lid, carefully turn the fillets, then bubble the sauce until the fish is cooked through and the sauce is thick. Sprinkle over the coriander leaves and serve with rice.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, June 2013

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thompc's picture
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Yum, really enjoyed this. Used dried little hot chillies and it was delicious. Had no Fennel so used aniseed. Really tasty, will definately make again, great midweek dinner as really quick.

ChefRhia's picture
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Disgusting! I've made quite a few recipes from bbc good food and they have all been lovely, this was bland watery, and tasteless. I'm cross I spent so much money on my lovely fish! Followed the recipe to the letter. Including 3 supermarket trips to find tamarind paste!

paulc24's picture

Put quite a bit of fish sauce with this as it was really bland before, a squeeze of lime when on the plate and it was beautiful!

wirecat's picture
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Made with basa fish and scattered pomegranate seeds on top for a bit of texture. Delicious!

lucik's picture

Delicious sauce! Used double the amount of tamarind for extra tang!

eleanormayo's picture
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I deseeded the chilli, but decided that it could take more heat.

bricin's picture

Made this a couple of weeks ago and it was simple to make and delicious to eat. Made it for 2, but kept the full amount of chilli (minus the seeds).

jylbgfr's picture

I love that fish curry, the tamarind adds a nice aftertaste