Thursday, May 1, 2008

Seychelles Fish Curry

Preparation time less than 30 mins
Cooking time 10 to 30 mins


For massalé:
2 tbsp coriander seeds
2 tsp cumin seeds
2 tsp black peppercorns
1 tsp cardamom pods
1 tsp cloves
small piece of cinnamon
1 tsp ground chilli
1 tsp grated nutmeg

For curry:
900g/2lb snapper or monkfish
salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 tbsp sunflower oil
2 onions, chopped
2 tbsp massalé
½ tsp ground turmeric
2 cloves garlic, chopped
small piece ginger, chopped
3 tbsp tamarind water
leaves from 2 sprigs thyme
½ tsp anise
450ml/¾ pint fish stock or water


1. Dry roast the whole spices until lightly coloured and set aside to cool. Grind finely and stir in the chilli and nutmeg. It can be stored for up to 2-3 months in an airtight jar.
2. Cut the fish into bite-sized pieces, season with salt and pepper, and set aside.
3. Heat the oil in a heavy pan and fry the onion until golden. Stir in the massalé and turmeric and lightly fry. Add the pieces of fish, and all the other ingredients. Bring to a simmer and cook for about 10 minutes until the fish is ready.
4. Serve with rice.

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