Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Indian Fish Curry With Brinjals

Curry powder is the most important ingredient for fish curry, the other is the fresh catch.  Readymade curry powder was always available but people like my grandmother and mum were more comfortable with their own concoction of spice blend for curries.  I do agree that homemade curry powder is still the best because we can customize the spice blend to appeal to a wide variety of palates. 

Nevertheless ready-made curry powder is not too bad either. Maybe once a while I make my own concoction of spicy blend but normally, it's the ready-made  There are numerous brands out there and it depends on which you prefer. The ready-made range is also divided into specific mixture; for example a mix for fish curry, mutton curry, prawn curry etc.etc.

We are going to make fish curry so we need a good heap of fish curry powder, again you pick the brand and the type of fish. Firm fish should be the choice because it will not break up easily and will remain that way even after warming up the balance of the curry the next day. Curries for sure taste better the following day, so treasure the balance or cook a day ahead to avoid rushing especially when you have a function at home. . 

This fish curry delivers all that is expected, fish in spicy and zesty luscious gravy. 

10 kembung/long-jawed/Indian mackerel - gut/clean
2 medium size brinjals/eggplant - cut into pieces
1 tsp halba/fenugreek seeds
1 tsp black mustard seeds
2-3 sprigs curry leaves
1-2 tbsp tamarind juice
4 tbsp oil (add more if not enough)
Salt for taste

For the curry paste
1 tomato
5 garlic
1 inch ginger
6 shallots
2-3 tbsp fish curry powder
**blend/ground to a thick paste with some water
In the heated oil, temper fenugreek and mustard seeds.
Add in curry paste and cook till aromatic and oil splits.
Pour 1/2 liter and next the brinjals.
Stir and simmer till brinjals are half cooked.
Add fish, curry leaves, salt and tamarind juice.
Gently stir and continue to simmer till fish is cooked.
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  1. looks very tempting and perfect with hot steamy rice.

  2. ivy sew http://simplybeautifulhealthyliving.blogspot.comSeptember 4, 2013 at 8:52 PM

    Nava, tambah nasi satu! Yum yum, so yummylicious esp eat with hand, slurrp...

  3. I am going to pass this recipe to my cousion who loves fish
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  4. i must have bread or rice to go with it... i love curry.

  5. Oh my oh my, my fav meen kuzhambu u made it very lovely Nava...

  6. Tempting fish curry adding brinjal new to me

  7. Wow...that is a new combo for me. We usually have dried/salted fish with brinjal and I have never tried cooking the veggie with fresh fish. I'll definitely try this out! Will be wonderful with steaming hot rice!!

  8. MMm my favourite...just goes so well with rice

  9. Nava, i also decide to cook curry today, but you know when i just in time to cook, i found that my curry powder was finish, very bad. Your curry looks wonderful.

  10. looks really good..I love brinjals..yummy yummy

  11. Mackerel with brinjal is a new combination for me sounds interesting.

  12. such a flavorful kulambu, love it...

  13. Fish and egg plant is a new combo for me. But they both taste delicious in tamarind based gravies. Very tempting curry!

  14. This fish curry sounds and looks delicious Nava...can you believe that I had brinjal for the first time last month?
    Hope you are having a wonderful week :D

  15. Yummy and gravy :) loved the clicks Nava :)

  16. curry looks fabulous,a big big thumbs up at our home....just looking at that rich saffron gravy will make anyone drool,yummy with steamy rice :-)

  17. I have heard of this combo but never tried. Your curry is sure tempting me to try. Thank you for sharing the recipe Nava :-)

  18. looks very tempting. First time to your space and already loving it.


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  19. we too prepare it similar way except for the paste.. we add it individually to curry.

  20. oh wow...very beautiful looking dish Nava...I love the color of curry...its too tempting!!!

  21. Such a beautifully flavoured curry, I bet it's a crowd pleaser :)

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  22. Lovely fish curry Nava ,looks wonderful ! I add Brinjals at times too.:) Tempting clicks !

  23. I really like the additional of brinjals in the curry! You're really hot on cooking these days :)

  24. I don't eat fish..but it looks spicy and tempting...

  25. mouthwatering dish...never tried brinjal with fish,but seems it is a delicious combo!

  26. Fabulous fish curry as u said curries tastes better on the following day, especially the fish curry. I used to cook the fish curry in clay pot (earthen ware). I like the golden bowl in the photo. :)

  27. Wow, that's a yummy blend of fish & brinjals. Have never tried this combo, sure it tempts me :)

  28. i m a beginer for cooking. i hapend to cm acroz ur website n hab to say dat it has reali bn v.helpful. awesm recipes...kip going.


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