Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Cari Poisson

Cari Poisson! Are you going like, where is this fish curry from? Well, from the shores of Mauritius. Cari Poisson/Mauritian Fish Curry, as I have already told you, is the fish curry made in Mauritius. Of course when we speak about fish curry of Indian descent, obviously spices will lead the way, wouldn't you agree (Bengali Fish Curry, Malaysian Indian Fish Curry & Malabar Fish Curry). In fact, spices are generally the needed ingredients for most Indian curry dishes throughout the world (Goan Prawn Curry, Devil's Curry, Sura Meem Kulambu & Indian Okra Curry) and shouldn't we include chillies as well? Chillies alongside spices in the curry paste or mixture, or chillies as in other Asian dishes (Ikan Balado, Thai Green Fish Curry, Fish Sambar & Kerala Fish Fry). We in Malaysian are also not short of spices and our spice roots originating from Straits of Malacca? My this version of Cari Poisson? I opted for ikan kembung, our affordable local catch and instead of aubergine, brinjals are also spectacular for the outcome of this thick,scrumptious and waking up your palates immediately Mauritian Fish Curry (Indian Spiced Salmon, Unagi Kabayaki & Vietnamese Fish).

10 kembung/Indian mackerel -  clean and rinse 
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
1/4 cup coconut milk 
4 tbsp oil (add more if not enough)
Salt for taste

For the curry paste
1 tomato
5 garlic
1 inch ginger
6 shallots
1 tsp coriander powder 
1 tsp cumin powder
1 tsp turmeric powder 
2-3 tbsp fish curry powder
**blend/ground these ingredients with some water for a thick paste 
In heated oil, temper fenugreek and mustard seeds.
Add curry paste and cook till aromatic and oil splits.
Pour 1/2 liter of water and brinjals.
Stir and simmer till brinjals are half cooked.
Add fish, curry leaves and tamarind juice.
Season with salt. 
Gently stir, simmer till fish is cooked, pour coconut milk, stir and again and once curry is heated through, remove from heat. 


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

  13. 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

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

  15. 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 :-)

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  25. 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. :)

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

  27. 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.

  28. Fish Curry with Brinjals is just yummy and delicious!!


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