This absolutely superb recipe is from Rick Stein’s brilliant ‘India’ book. It’s reproduced without permission but I’m a big fan of the balding, Cornish restaurateur and I’m giving him a name-check here so he should be grateful…
Anyway, on to the recipe. Do not be put off by a relatively long list of ingredients. None of them are that difficult to find – really. (If you want, call me and I’ll supply any of the more exotic ones or tell you where to get them).
60ml vegetable oil, 500g of salmon cut into large chunks, 1 onion, 1 tbs grated ginger, 10 cloves of garlic -crushed or sliced (yes 10), 8 fresh curry leaves, 1 tbs curry powder, ½tsp turmeric, 1 tbs coriander, ½ tsp ground fenugreek, 1 tbs rice or plain flour, 2 tomatoes -sliced, 1 tsp tamarind concentrate in 550ml water, 1½ tsp salt, 1 tsp sugar, 1tsp coconut oil warmed to its liquid state – to finish
Heat the oil in a heavy-based pan over a medium heat, add the onion and fry for 5 minutes until softened. Add the ginger, garlic and curry leaves and fry for 2 minutes. Stir in the chilli powder all the ground spices, the flour and a splash of water and cook for 2 minutes. Stir in everything you have left except for the salmon and coconut oil and simmer for 5 minutes. Add the salmon and cook for 5 minutes. Drizzle with coconut oil and serve…. tomorrow.
Rick says that, like a lot of curries, this one tastes even better the next day. Unfortunately, I’m completely incapable of waiting ’til tomorrow to eat a curry so that particular test I will leave to you, my good reader.
One other thing to say (about this curry); I’ve never made it with the coconut oil finishing flourish.
And finally, apropos of curries, I’m going to name-check www.thespicery.com. I love their monthly spicebox service. It’s fab and the quality of their spices is very high.
And, really finally, the picture of the curry was taken by me from Rick’s book but was originally taken by James Murphy www.jamesmurphyphoto.com. Next time I make this curry I’ll photograph it ‘live’ and you’ll see why it’s a good idea to use a professional photographer if you want a decent shot of something.