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Fish Coconut Curry
Malaysia

Serves
Effort:
Sched:
DoAhead:  
2 main  
**
40 min  
Most
A mild coconut curry that's easy to make with any white or light colored fish that stays reasonably firm.



12
8
1/2
1/2
5
3/4
2
2
1-1/3
1
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oz
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T
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T
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Fish fillets (1)
Onion
Cumin seeds
Turmeric
Garlic
Ginger
Red Chilis (2)
Oil
Coconut Milk
Fish Sauce (3)
-- Garnish
Cilantro Leaves
Lime wedges
Prep   -   (20 min)
  1. Cut FISH FILLETS into pieces roughly 2 inches on a side.
  2. Quarter ONION lengthwise and slice thin crosswise.
  3. Dry roast CUMIN SEEDS until fragrent. Grind fine and mix with Turmeric.
  4. Crush GARLIC and chop fine. Slice GINGER thin and chop fine. Pound them together to a paste in a big stone mortar (or run in a mini food processor - add a little water if you need to).
  5. Seed CHILIS and cut diagonally into narrow strips.
Run   -   (20 min)
  1. In a sauté pan heat Oil over medium heat and stir fry Onion until light golden, then stir in Turmeric mix. Fry stirring for 30 seconds - careful turmeric burns easily.
  2. Stir in Garlic Mix and fry stirring until any liquid is evaporated and it becomes aromatic.
  3. Stir in Coconut Milk and Fish Sauce. Simmer until it has a very light sauce consistency.
  4. Stir in Fish Sauce, then Fish. Spoon sauce over and simmer until it just starts to flake, about 5 minutes.
  5. Stir in Chili strips and take off heat.
  6. Serve garnished with Cilantro Leaves, accompanied with Lime Wedges and plenty of Jasmine rice.
NOTES:
  1. Fish: a white or light colored ocean fish that stays reasonably firm when cooked is needeed. Cod, Halibut, Rabbit Fish, etc.
  2. Chilis:   Around here we all use Fresnos, but Holland Red and other medium hot red chilis are fine. For details see our Chili Page.
  3. Fish Sauce:   This clear liquid is as essential to Southeast Asian cuisine as it was to Imperial Rome. For details see our Fish Sauce - Introduction page.
  4. U.S. measure: t=teaspoon, T=Tablespoon, c=cup, qt=quart, oz=ounce, #=pound, cl=clove in=inch, ar=as required tt=to taste
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