Friday, 29 April 2011

Jamie's South Indian Fish Curry

Well, that was some wind yesterday.
Did you have to batten down the hatches?
I'm not sure we even have hatches, but we did have all the neighbourhood's recycling and plastic lawn furniture scuttling down the streets at an alarming rate of speed.
Still, we got off relatively easy, nothing that I couldn't pick up or clean up.

April is a fickle month. There's a reason they say it is the cruelest month, it's never quite as nice as people expect it to be. More of a transition month for us Canadians.

But don't worry, we are almost in to May, which surely will be kinder to us.
For now, I have a comforting curry to fill your belly and calm your nerves.

Jamie makes his with crab, but I had lots of white fish in the freezer. Use what you like.
The spicing is mild and fragrant and soothing. Just what we needed.

And if all your plastic lawn furniture blew away?
Now you have an excuse to buy the good stuff. Hopefully it's heavier.

Southern Indian Crab Fish Curry

If you fancy a really different, quick and tasty treat, you must have a go at this curry. I’ve included a whole array of different spices, yet they’re so light and fragrant that you still get to appreciate the lovely sweet crab. And by using the brown meat in the base of the sauce and sprinkling the delicate white meat in at the end you’ll get a lovely depth of flavour and still be able to taste the crab because you won’t have cooked the life out of it. Best served with steamed rice.


• olive oil
• 3 teaspoons fennel seeds
• 2 heaped teaspoons black mustard seeds
• 5 green cardamom pods, crushed and husks removed
• 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
a thumb-sized piece of fresh ginger, peeled and finely sliced
• 2 large cloves of garlic, peeled and finely sliced
• 1 medium white onion, peeled and finely sliced
• 2–3 fresh red chillies, deseeded and finely sliced
• 2 heaped teaspoons turmeric
• 20g butter
• 250g brown crabmeat**
• 1 x 400ml tin coconut milk
• juice of 2 lemons
• 500g picked white crabmeat**
• a good bunch of fresh coriander, leaves picked
• sea salt and freshly ground black pepper


Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large pan and add the fennel seeds, mustard seeds, cardamom pods, cumin seeds, ginger, garlic, onion and chilli. Fry on a medium heat for 4 to 5 minutes until lightly golden, then add the turmeric, butter and brown crabmeat. After a minute or so, pour in the coconut milk and a tinful of water. (I didn't need the water) Let it simmer away for 5 minutes so all the flavours develop. Then add the lemon juice and simmer for another 10 minutes, or until the sauce resembles double cream in consistency.

Just before you stir in the white crabmeat, check that all the shell has been picked out, then add half the coriander, simmer for 4 more minutes and taste. Season carefully with salt and pepper and a little more lemon juice if you think it needs it. Serve with some fluffy white rice, sprinkled with the rest of the coriander leaves.

** I made mine with 900 gr. pollok, and threw some baby spinach leaves in at the end. Served on brown basmati rice, which has become our house rice lately.

• from Cook With Jamie, online recipe sourced here