I was really missing fish back in Agra and tried to make the most of my vacation by making varieties of seafood dishes. One such dish was a simple fish curry using onions and tomatoes. The first time I was introduced to this preparation was by a good friend Mrs Gordon. I was indeed surprised to see that fish could be prepared in similar way as chicken masala. The only difference was tamarind pulp is added for the sourness.
You can use any firm-fleshed fish to make this curry. The fish is fried lightly before adding to the gravy. It is advisable to prepare a couple of hours prior to serving so that the flavour gets absorbed into the fish.
Source: Mrs Gordon
- 400 gms Fish steaks
- to taste Salt
- 3 - 4 Onion finely chopped
- 2 tomatoes finely chopped
- 2 inchs Ginger finely chopped piece
- 10 - 12 cloves Garlic cloves finely chopped
- 7 Cloves
- 2 inchs Cinnamon piece
- 4 - 5 Cardamom Green
- 1 Bay leaf
- 1 - 1/2 teaspoons Coriander powder powder
- 1 teaspoon Chilli powder
- 1/2 teaspoon Turmeric powder powder
- 1/2 teaspoon Garam masala powder
- 1 - 1/2 tablespoons Tamarind paste ( adjust to suit your taste)
- 2 tablespoons Coriander leaves Chopped
- Clean and rinse the fish steaks and pat dry.Apply salt, a bit of turmeric powder and chilli powder on the fish and keep aside for at least 10 minutes.
- Heat oil in a pan and shallow fry the fish pieces till they turn golden brown in colour.Drain onto a paper towel and keep aside.
- Mix the tamarind paste with 1/2 cup or more water and keep aside.Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a pan.
- Add the cloves, bay leaf,cardamoms and cinnamon.When they start to splutter, add the chopped onion and saute till golden brown.
- Add the chopped ginger and garlic and fry till the raw smell is gone.Add the coriander powder, chilli powder and turmeric powder and fry for a minute.
- Add the chopped tomatoes and saute till oil separates.Switch off heat and let the mixture cool.
- Grind the mixture to a fine paste.Pour the mixture back into the heated pan and add the tamarind diluted in water and bring to a boil.
- Add the fish pieces and simmer for at least 5 minutes.Sprinkle the garam masala powder.Mix well.
- Switch off heat and transfer to a serving plate.Garnish with the chopped coriander leaves and serve hot with rice.