Saturday, July 12, 2014

Mochakottai Karuvadu Kulumbu (Field Beans Salted Fish Curry)

Salted fish - oh-oh!! My all time fav, though I am aware too much of salt is not good for health. Still, salted fish has always been and will always be the favourite, and I doubt I can give up eating. In fact salted fish seem the booster when I don't have  appetite to eat, the saltiness can be reduced by soaking and rinsing the fish before cooking. Also, just watch the amount of salt or taste first before adding into the dish (salted fish pickle, pada salt fish pickle, salted fish mango sambal, pumpkin salted fish curry, pineapple salted fish curry, bean sprouts salted fish stir fried, potatoes salted fish in lemongrass sauce, salted fish vegetable soup, crispy kailan salted fish, ikan masin nenas masak lemak and sambal tempeh ikan masin and salt fish drumstick curry).

This curry - do I have to say, always a classic handed down from generation to the next in line. Grandma made, mum made and I trailed them. Salted fish with the beans, potatoes and spices into this fiery irresistible curry - says it all the pictures. 
For the beans
1 cup mochakottai/field beans
1 tsp turmeric powder
A pinch of salt
Water - as needed

Other ingredients
400g threadfin/kurau salted fish with bones - soaked for 10 mins and rinsed. 
2 potatoes - cut into medium size pieces (yes please with the skin on)
1/2 tbsp chilli powder
1 tbsp fish curry powder
** mix both with water for a thick curry paste
1 tsp fenugreek/halba seeds
1/2 tsp ginger paste
1 tsp garlic paste
1 tbsp red onion paste
2 tbsp thick tamarind juice
Sprigs of curry leaves
5 tbsp oil
Salt for taste
For the beans
Simmer beans with turmeric and water till soft.
Drain off water and keep aside.

For the curry
Heat oil and fry ginger, garlic and onion paste for 1-2 mins.
Add curry paste.
Stir and cook till aromatic and oil splits.
Add potatoes, pour about 1 liter of water and simmer till potatoes are 3/4 tender. 
Put in salted fish, pour tamarind juice and season with salt (if needed).
Simmer to cook salted fish (about 3-4 mins)
Add boiled beans and curry leaves.
Stir, simmer for another 2-3 mins and remove from heat. 
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  1. wow! This is a difficult dish to make!! =)

  2. the curry does look finger licking good..too tempting dear

  3. I have never tried mochai with fish, looks super yummy! Will try this sometime!

  4. Nice twist to the already delicious fish curry....

  5. lovely food....ahem am attracted at the claypot...where did you buy it? nice la

  6. That's one fabulous-looking curry. I love the combination. Beans go wonderfully well with any kind of fish. Also love the container that holds the curry!:)

  7. The fish curry looks so tempting.. Thanks fr sharing the lovely recipe.. :)

  8. A different dish to try........with a different combination..... :)

  9. looks so creamy and delicious...hope it is delicious with the beans

  10. This looks delicious and packed with flavour- thanks for sharing the recipe!

  11. Your curry looks addictive for fish lovers everywhere :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  12. Not sure if I've tasted field beans before but it sure looks great in a curry. Fish would be an added bonus and I can sense how flavoursome this would be. The colour is so lovely!

  13. This curry makes me nostalgic.. my grandmother used ti make it. So craving for some..

  14. a Traditional recipe looks amazing....looks real tempting and delicious ! enjoy ur holidays !

  15. I have had karuvadu kulambu but not with mochakottai.

  16. this has tempted me again to come and comment here


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