Thursday, 25 August 2011

Hindu Goan Fish Curry

Hindu Goan Fish Curry

Then Hindu Goan form of cooking differs from The Christian Goan  mainly in the Christian Goans prefer to the use of vinegar while the Hindus use kokum and tamarind to get the tart taste in their respective cuisines . I find most of the Hindu Goan recipes far more refined in flavor as these recipes also call for extensive use of aromatic herbs and curry leaves . Besides in many Goan recipes extensive use of vinegar gives the dish a we bit of a hash or raw flavor which isn't the case in the Hindu recipes .

500 Grams Fish ( use firm fleshy fillets like of sole / singhara )

1 Coconut grated .
Take half of the grated coconut and extract its milk , discard the used pulp .Retain the other half for later use in the recipe .

The Paste :
4-5 Shallots or 2 medium sized onions diced .
10 Cloves Garlic ( chopped ).
10 Black Pepper Corn.
8-10 Whole Dried Red Chilies .
15 Curry Putta Leaves.
3 Tablespoons Minced Green Coriander
1 Tablespoon Whole Coriander Seeds .
4-5 Komum pieces / 1 1/2 Tablespoons Tamarind Extract .

In 1 tablespoon oil roast all the paste ingredients for a few minutes till the red chilies discolor and onions begin to soften , cool and fine grind .

In a wok heat 2 tablespoons oil , cook the paste for 2-3 minutes adding a bit of water till oil begins to separate . 

Then add the balance of the grated coconut , roast a minute , add 2 cups of water , salt and simmer covered till liquid reduces to half .

Now add the coconut milk , and the fish . Bring to boil and simmer covered for 7 minutes . Taste , adjust flavors and lastly add the juice of half a lemon to enhance and bring out all flavors .

In case you so desire , wok fry to seal the fish on its own ( 2 minutes ) and then introduce to the gravy where you finish cooking it - 3-4 minutes .

Eat this wonderful Hindu Goan fish curry with unpolished ( thick ) Goan rice !

You may also use coconut powder if in a hurry or just lazy ! Taste wont be as good , but not bad either !

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  1. It's consoling to know that Hindus in
    Goa eat fish.

  2. Yup - actually being Hindu doesnt mean you are a vegetarian !