Tamarind Sauce Fish Curry

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds white carp, cut into large chunks
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon red chile powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground turmeric
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt
  • ¼ cup tamarind pulp
  • 1 cup warm water
  • ¼ cup oil
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 large onion, minced
  • 1 ½ tablespoons garlic paste
  • 2 tablespoons red chile powder
  • 2 tablespoons ground coriander
  • 1 pinch salt to taste
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh coriander (cilantro), or to taste
  • Directions

  • Step 1

    Place fish in a bowl; add 1 tablespoon vegetable oil, 1 tablespoon chile powder, turmeric, and 1 1/2 teaspoons salt and allow to marinate for about 10 minutes.

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  • Step 2

    Place tamarind pulp in a bowl and pour warm water over it. Squeeze tamarind to extract juice.

  • Step 3

    Heat 1/4 cup oil in a skillet over medium heat; add cumin seeds and stir. Add onion to cumin; cook and stir until onion is translucent, 5 to 10 minutes. Add garlic paste and cook for 3 minutes. Add carp, cover the skillet, and cook for 5 minutes.

  • Step 4

    Mix tamarind juice into fish mixture; bring to a boil. Turn carp pieces; add 2 tablespoons red chile powder, coriander, and salt. Cook over low heat until sauce thickens and oil separates, about 10 minutes. Garnish with coriander leaves.

  • Cook's Note:

    Tilapia can be substituted for carp, if desired.

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