Thursday, November 19, 2015

Claypot Sri Lankan Fish Curry

One of the pleasures of travelling is none other than food. Food, glorious food. We Malaysians I bet are atop of the list when its comes to food and eating (Keluak Nyonya Fish Curry, Prawn Petai Sambal, Asam Fried Fish, Fried Pompret & Grilled Mackerel). We can go on and on eating, anytime of the day. Indeed. Of course, I am still standing on my ground that Malaysian food is the best among the rest (Asam Fish Curry, Indian Fish Curry & Fish Curry Radish). Tell me please? What we don't have? We have everything. The sky is not limit for us Malaysians, in fact, you don't even have to travel to sample the various types of cuisines (Spicy Fried Fish, Steamed Cod Fish, Fish SambarGrilled Salmon, Murungakka Fish Curry & Sour Fish Soup). Its right here in Malaysia. 

Having said that, we must be open to eating when we travel, and I must admit that I did fall in love with Sri Lankan food when I was there for seven days. Not bad. Sincerely. Yummy food. Coconut milk, coconut oil is also akin a must and speak about their various types of Sri Lankan spices and fresh catch. I mind you, did have a ball of a time. Non-stop tucking into food, nevertheless, I am not the piggy-pig kind, still, I didn't literally miss out on eating. Subsequently, when I returned home, I cooked some of their dishes. This Claypot Sri Lankan Fish Curry is my version (Green Fish Curry, Chilli Coriander Fish, Fish Asam Pedas & Salmon Noodle). I doubt mangoes are added into Sri Lankan fish curry. Then again, if its my invention, don't you think I can add whatever I feel I want to? Of course (Pepper Mango Fish Curry, Grilled Unagi, Indian Fish Achar & Fish Sodhi). Almost perfection, I won't mind saying it is sincerely, Claypot Sri Lankan Fish Curry Mango will sock you upside down, inside out with it spiciness, creaminess and finger licking deliciousness. How about giving it a go? I bet you won't regret. Trust me please. 

1 black pompret/bawal hitam - de-gut, clean and cut into pieces
1 unripe or sem-ripe mango - cut into pieces with the skin
1 tbsp ginger paste or chopped ginger
1/2 tbsp garlic paste or chopped garlic
7 shallots - remove skin and smash
1 medium size tomato - sliced
1 cup thick coconut milk
Assam/tamarind juice - per taste
2 to 3 sprigs curry leaves
1/4 cup oil
Salt to taste

For the curry paste
1 tbsp coriander seeds
1 tsp fennel seeds
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 1/2 tsp black pepper seeds
Dried red chillies - per taste
** lightly pan fry to release the aroma, then blend/pulse with some water for a smooth paste

Heat the claypot (don't have? use normal pot)
Pour Oil and heat up.
Sauté shallots, ginger paste, garlic paste and curry leaves.
Add curry paste.
Stir and fry without burning till aromatic and oil floats.
Add tomato and stir.
Pour enough water for gravy.
Add fish, tamarind and salt, Gently stir.
Simmer and cook till fish is 3/4 cooked.
Add mango and cook to soften both the fish and mango.
Pour in coconut milk and gently stir without breaking the fish.
Heat, just a little while and remove from heat.

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  1. I have heard Srilanka is a very good holiday spot ....Srilankan fish curry looks exotic

  2. Such a flavorful fish curry, must have had an amazing aroma as well...

  3. Hi Nava, your this mango curry fish look excellent. I definitely need 2 plates of rice and mop up the gravy too. :))
    I love fried bawal hitam dip in kicap but yet to try curry style. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

    Have a nice week ahead, regards.

  4. i am going to ask me to make this recipe with paneer in place of fish
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  5. Cooking in a claypot is typical Sri Lankan style i totally love it. this recipe is simple and yummy.. must try

  6. That looks so flavorful and yum! And I'm sure the clay pot adds to the taste!

  7. My mom use to make fish curry in clay pot.

  8. Lovely color. Looks so tangy and yummy!

  9. Very delicious! I really love a good curry gravy.

  10. The curry looks fabulous! I love your pot and ladle too. I do watch the famous Sri Lankan/Aussie chef, Peter Kuruvita, and your dish is like the one shown on his show. Drooling here.

  11. Hi after a long time ...i have tried a different version of sri lanksn fish curry....very spicy....will try this one as well

  12. Bet this tastes awesome, Nava. I like food cooked in claypots :D

  13. Wow i'm not in a position to comment... just drooling!

  14. Mouth watering fish curry,,,feeling hungry now...

  15. Fish, curry, mango oh my yes I will take a big bowl now.


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