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Sumatran Fish Curry   HT  MC  Indonesian  55mins


Serves 4    Hot  Fish  Nuts  Vegetables Main Course  Dairy free  Eggless Indonesia  Asia  Asian


NB: If serving as part of a traditional Indonesian meal, i.e. a rice/noodle dish plus 2-3 other dishes, reduce the quantity of fish to 3



2 Red Chilies

2.5cm/1-inch Fresh Root Ginger, chopped

2.5cm/1-inch Fresh Root Galangal, chopped or teasp Ground Galangal

1/2 teasp Ground Turmeric

1 teasp Paprika

3 Garlic Cloves

1 small Onion, chopped

1/2  Red Capsicum (sweet pepper), deseeded and finely sliced

50g/2oz Cashew Nuts

1 tbsp Vegetable Oil

1 Stalks Lemon Grass, bruised or 2 teasp Ground Lemon Grass

4 Lime Leaves

2 Bay Leaves

900ml/30fl.oz. Unsweetened Coconut Milk

4  White Fish Steaks, (e.g. cod, hake, haddock), halved

225g/8oz sliced Bamboo Shoots

12 whole Cherry Tomatoes

1 tbsp Kecap Manis (Indonesian Soy Sauce)

1 teasp sugar

The juice of half a Lime

Freshly chopped Coriander Leaves to garnish




1. Place the chillies, ginger, garlic, galangal, onion, paprika, turmeric, capsicum, ground lemon grass (if using) and half of the cashew nuts in a food processor and blend to a smooth paste, adding a little water if necessary.


2. Heat the oil in a deep frying pan, add the spice paste and stir fry for 3 minutes.


3. Add the fresh lemon grass (if not using ground), bay leaves, lime leaves, soy sauce, sugar and coconut milk, bring to the boil then reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes or until the sauce has reduced by 1/3rd.


4. Pass the sauce through a sieve to remove the solid parts then return to the pan together with the fish, bamboo shoots, tomatoes and the remaining cashew nuts, bring to the boil then reduce the heat and simmer for about 10 minutes, or until the fish is cooked through, turning the fish once during the cooking time.


5.  To serve transfer the fish to a warmed serving platter using a slotted spoon then add the lime juice and coriander leaves to the sauce, mix well and pour over the fish. Serve immediately.


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