Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Malaysian Fish Head Curry

Malaysian Fish Head Curry, aka Kari Kepala Ikan. Believe me, not the ordinary nor you should compare with those from the restaurants. Why are you asking me? Because this is a typical, authentic and most dangerously delicious, finger licking homemade Malaysian Fish Head Curry (Malaysian Fish Sambal, Nyonya Fish Noodle SoupMalaysian Fried Mee Hoon & Malaysian Fish Curry) Yes, stop questioning me. Fish head curry cooked alongside belimbing buluh from our Malaysian grown trees, and belimbin buluh somewhat I think can be regarded as the other side to the coin to starfruit though these are oblong in shape and greenish and yellowish in color. Trust me please, due to this really mostly sour fruit, you don't have to think twice on tamarind juice and when fish head is cooked alongside the customary ingredients (Chilli Soy Fish, Spicy Stingray & Fish Noodle Soup) we need for any curry and also coconut milk, pow-wow (Asam Pedas Bawal, Salted Fish Bone Curry & Ikan Masak Kicap). Malaysian Fish Head Curry by Nava K? Unbeatable for rushing your mouth towards its spiciness and coconut milk creaminess.


Ingredients
1 tenggiri/mackerel fish head (about 700g) - clean and chop into large pieces
10 belimbing buluh
1 tsp turmeric/kunyit powder
1 tbsp ginger paste
1/2 tbsp garlic paste
1 tbsp onion paste
1 tsp black mustard seeds
1/2 tsp fenugreek/halba seeds
2-3 sprigs curry leaves (shredded/sliced)
1/2 cup coconut milk (optional)
4 tbsp oil
Salt to taste 
For the curry paste (mix with some water for a thick paste)
1 tbsp plain chilli powder
1 tsp white pepper powder
1/2 tbsp coriander powder
1 tsp cumin powder
1 tsp fennel powder

Method
Rub fish with turmeric powder. 
Keep aside. 
Heat oil and saute ginger, garlic and onion paste.
Splatter in mustard and fenugreek seeds.
Add curry paste and fry till oil splits
Pour 1/2 litre of water; stir and gently drop in fish. 
Simmer till fish is cooked.
Season with salt and add belimbing and curry leaves.
Gently stir.
Simmer for another 2-3 mins. 
Lastly pour in coconut milk.
Stir and remove from heat.  

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