Indian Fish and Potatoes

IMG_2840A while back I posted a recipe for Indian Meatloaf and Masala Mashed Potatoes.  Recently when I was in Berlin I wanted to make Indian food for my friends Keith and Harald only instead of meatloaf (they are vegetarians) I made a coconut curry with Shrimp which was easy and very tasty.  This past Friday I had a dinner party for my friend Audrey who was visiting from LA and decided to remake this dinner and expand upon.  I was very dismayed to find that my local Indian Grocery store did not have the boxed masala mix that I used in Berlin.  The box contains a spice mix so all you have to do is fry up some red onions add the spice mix some turmeric and some coconut milk add shrimp/fish and cook.  Turns out you don’t really need the spice mix, I found a similar fish recipe that was a little bit more involved but still pretty easy.IMG_2843I used 3 pounds of Mahi Mahi – any meaty white fish will work or shrimp is always a nice option.  The recipe here is a for a smaller amount – I was making dinner for 8 so feel free to increase the volume as you see fit.  The original recipe has been adapted as it called for water and coconut milk and a lot of hot pepper – I think the coconut milk makes for a richer fuller dish and if you want it hotter when the fish is cooked it is easy to add more cayenne.

Indian Coconut Fish Curry

In a large bowl add 1 teaspoon of salt, 1 Tablespoon of Tamarind Concentrate, 1/2 teaspoon of tumeric, 1 finely chopped garlic cloves, and 2 Teaspoons of grated fresh ginger.   Add to this mixture 1 pound of meaty white fish or shrimp and mix well so the fish is well coated.  Set aside while you make the curry.IMG_2842In a large skillet over medium heat add 2 Tablespoons of grapeseed oil (or other non-falvored oil, organic canola, peanut, etc.) when the oil is hot add 1 medium finely chopped red onion and 2 hot green peppers, stemmed with several slits in each pepper.  When the onions have wilted but before they brown (about 5 minutes) add 1 large finely chopped tomato, 1 teaspoon red chili powder and 1 teaspoon of ground cumin cook another 3-5 minutes.  Add 2 cups of coconut milk and bring to a simmer.  Taste – if at any point you feel the sauce is hot enough simply remove the peppers. Add the prepared fish and cook until just tender (the fish should easily flake – don’t over cook!).  Taste the sauce and adjust seasoning with salt, pepper, more cumin, hot pepper or coconut milk if you want to tone it down.IMG_2841Goes great with the Masala Potatoes (which I am making with the red new potatoes which are at the Farmers market now – but any potato works) of course if you would prefer rice provides a simply more straightforward accompaniment.

Serve with chutney and yogurt.

About urbanfoodguy

I'm a self taught cook with a dedication to buying and eating food that is as humanely and sustainably raised as possible. Which is why in addition to recipes you will see a lot of environmental/political reporting here. I started cooking when I was about 6, it's something I always loved to do. Watching Graham Kerr - aka "The Galloping Gourmet" - was what got me started and I have never really looked back. Over the years I've been a private chef, a caterer, and a food stylist for magazines such as Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Real Simple, Oprah, Martha Stewart's Everyday Food and many more. I've also worked in the prep kitchen for the Food Network on the Bobby Flay and Paula Deen shows. Now I work at home in my kitchen sharing with you here recipes that I create or that other people have created that inspire me and I think you will like. I love my neighborhood (the Lower East Side of Manhattan) and I love to travel. Because NYC is such a big place I tend to focus mostly on my 'hood and the ones that are close by: The East Village, Bowery, Chinatown and Williamsburg. My love of travel has no limits really, I'm always ready to get on a plane. I was lucky enough to have a business for many years that allowed me to spend a lot of time in South East Asia. These days I've been spending time in Mexico, Germany, Canada and the West Coast of the U.S., but check back you never know where I might end up. I do consulting, cooking classes, and freelance lifestyle writing so if you are interested please send me a note:
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2 Responses to Indian Fish and Potatoes

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