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“My Favourite Curry Sauce with Fish” from Happy Days with the Naked Chef

2010 November 23
by Reemski

We’ve moved house! Our new place is much bigger, though with a smaller kitchen. I’m still getting used to the flow of how everything works. So far, I can’t say I’m madly in love with my new ‘hood; I now have to catch the train to work and from recent experience, it’s pretty bad; and I don’t have Bourke St Bakery or Remy and Lees in spitting distance any longer. But, the positives include now having a large balcony I’ll actually be able to use, with space and sun for plants and herbs, our new HUGE bedroom, an accurate oven, and the wonderful quiet and a feeling of spaciousness of our little lovenest in the sky…

Remember at the beginning of the year I said I was going to cook at least one recipe from each cook book I had? And how I haven’t? I’m going to try and get back into it. Now I have a mortgage, I don’t have the cash to splash in fancy restaurants in the same way I did before, so cooking at home now HAS to take priority.

The last few weeks have  also been pretty mental, moving, then going away for work for 4 days, and coming back unwell have left me pretty tired and in dire need of home-cooked comfort, with lot’s of veg and nutrition. The weather is warm and I wanted a curry, but not something heavy, and I wanted seafood too. So a light fish curry it is.

This Jamie Oliver recipe is great: simple and really tasty, and able to be adapted to a chicken or veg version.

I didn’t have any Turmeric, and only had a tiny can (140ml) of coconut milk, I also added some frozen chopped spinach.

  • 2 tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 1 tsp Fenugreek Seeds
  • 3 fresh green chillies, deseeded & thinly sliced
  • 1 handful of curry leaves
  • 2 thumb sized pieces of ginger, peeled & coarsley grated
  • 3 onion peeled and chopped (he suggests using a food processor for this, I agree)
  • 1 teaspoon chilli powder (I used dried chilli flakes)
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 6 tomatoes, chopped (again, food processor)
  • 1 x 400 ml can of coconut milk
  • 1 tsp tamarind paste
  • 225g firm white fish ( I used blue-eyed cod)
  • 200g green prawns, peeled and cleaned (or cooked)
  • 1 handful of fresh baby spinach or 5 cubes of frozen spinach

Heat the oil in a pan and when hot add the mustard seeds. When they start popping, add the fenugreek seeds, fresh green chillies, curry leaves and ginger. Stir and fry for a few minutes.
Add the chopped onions and continue to cook until light brown and soft, then add chilli powder and turmeric.
Add the chopped tomatoes, cook for a couple of minutes then add coconut milk and 1 or 2 wineglasses of water.
Simmer for about 5 minutes until the sauce thickens, then add salt to taste.
Add the fish/seafood,  tamarind and spinach if using and simmer for another 5 minutes.
Serve with rice and condiments!

This isn’t a hot curry, it’s really light and fragrant, perfect for the warmer weather. If you want to adjust the heat, reduce the chilli powder. I think if I used the whole amount of coconut milk it may have actually been too rich, but that might be fine for Winter. I have also replenished my stock of turmeric, so next time the colour will be quite different. I really enjoyed the curry leaves too, as they fried with the other spices, they crisped up, and mostly retained their texture until reheating. I don’t think this is freezable with the seafood, but shouldn’t be a problem with the chicken or veg version.

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  1. November 23, 2010

    Congratulations again to you and Mr Reemski on your beautiful new abode! I hope you create many wonderful new food memories in your new kitchen. It always takes a while for one and one’s kitchen to become acquainted. If this is anything to go by, you’re on the right track! It looks so fragrant and zingy. Happy days!!! x
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  2. kristinmoore2 permalink
    November 24, 2010

    Given my well aversion to unbattered fish – especially in a soup or curry – I wonder if this would work with chook? You’ll settle in, its not all bad in the hood – and there are buses you can try too if the train is too dire?

  3. November 24, 2010

    isn’t it funny that we both found a place and moved out at the same time?! I like your idea of cooking at least recipe from each cookbook. I’m really going to give this idea a go. I have so many I’m not sure if I can do it in one year. I haven’t had too much success with curries, if this is your favourite I should give it a go 🙂
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  4. November 24, 2010

    @ FelixExplody Thanks love! We’re getting there!

    @Kristinmoore2 Yeah, I’m going to try the bus one day and see how it goes. Also, the recipe has a chook variation, so you should be fine

    @Amy You must, MUST sign up with EatYourBooks.com it is the BEST way to attempt to use the books you have. You load up your books onto a “bookshelf” and they’re indexed, then you can search your books by ingredient, or cuisine, etc..and you can comment, tag etc..it’s a revelation!
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  5. November 29, 2010

    Congratulations on your new place! It looks fabulous and yes the large balcony is a lifesaver, especially in Summer! 😀
    Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella´s last post..La Casa Ristorante- Russell Lea

  6. December 1, 2010

    Congrats again on the new place! The fish curry looks delicious and perfect for the dismal weather we’re experiencing in Sydney at the moment – comfort food!
    Forager @ The Gourmet Forager´s last post..Diary of an amateur mushroom forager

  7. December 1, 2010

    Congrats on the new place! And hooray for cooking from your cookbook collection! I think I need to start doing more of the same too 🙂

  8. December 20, 2010

    Just letting you know I cooked this recipe and loved it! My new favourite curry. Couldn’t help myself and veganized it, makes a great base for a veggie curry plus a few twists and turns (kaffir lime instead of curry leaves – yum!) http://confessionsofafoodnazi.blogspot.com/2010/12/curry-with-great-provenance.html. Thanks, it’s now in high rotation in my kitchen 🙂
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