1 large onion
4 or 5 garlic cloves
2 tsp of tamarind paste
3 star anise
1 tsp of chill flakes
Three quarters tsp of turmeric 2 tsp of salt – to taste
Half tsp cumin – optional
Half tsp fennel – optional
1 tin chopped tomatoes
Half tsp garam masala
Firm fish, cod or haddock are recommended 1 tin of coconut milk
Bunch of coriander Juice of 2 limes
1. Fry the onions in a large saucepan on a low heat for about 4-5 minutes.
2. Then add the garlic, star anise, cumin and fennel. Keep stirring – you want to end up with a dark rich
brown color. (Not burnt though!) This could take up to half an hour or longer depending on how low your
3. Add the salt, chili, turmeric and garam masala and cook for a further 2-3 minutes.
Then add the chopped tomatoes.
4. Keep on a low heat and put the lid on. After a few minutes, add the tamarind paste. Keep on a low heat and
keep the lid on. You want to end up with a rich, aromatic and pungent curry paste. You may need to add some
more salt or a little vegetable stock. This whole process should take an hour.
5. Once you are happy with the paste, add the coconut milk. Stir and heat so all of the flavors mix. You should
now have a sauce that you can poach your fish in.
6.When ready, poach the fish for about 5 minutes depending on the size of the fishmedallions you cut.
7.When about to serve, add plenty of finely chopped coriander and lime juice to taste.
8. Serve with a simple salad of very thinly chopped tomatoes and onion with lime juice