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Saturday, February 21, 2009

Masala Fish

This is really delicious. I mean REALLY delicious
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Ingredients for fish:
1 1/2 lbs halibut or cod
1 Tbsp. salt
2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1 green chili
1 bunch cilantro
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. chili powder
1 Tbsp. shredded coconut
3 sprigs of curry leaves
1 Tbsp. whole coriander seeds
1 1/2 tsp. curry powder
1/4 cup lemon juice

Ingredients for curry:
1/4 cup macadamia nut oil
3 tomatoes (chopped)
1/2 tsp. garlic (pressed)
1 tsp. curry powder
1/4 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. tomato puree
1/2 cup fried onions (fry your onions in ghee)
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup chopped cilantro

Directions for Fish:
1. Marinate the fish in 1 Tbsp of salt and 2 Tbsp. lemon juice for 30 minutes
2. Deseed the green chili, make a paste with the chili and remaining ingredients
3. Wipe the salty moisture from the fish and smear with paste
4. Bake in oven at 400°F for 20-25 minutes
5. while fish is cooking, prepare the curry (see below)

Directions for Curry:
1. Heat the macadamia nut oil on med/high heat. Fry the chopped tomatoes, add the garlic, curry powder, ground cumin. chili powder and tomato puree. Add the fried onions and water.
2. Cover pan and let simmer until it is a thick gravy (about 3 minutes)
3. Pour over the baked fish before serving and garnish with chopped cilantro.

Serve with rice. (nice with a simple onion salad on the side)


  1. Have you ever tried adding Tamarind paste, for the authentic South Indian flavour? KICK ASS!

  2. This looks delicious. I might have to omit the ghee and the coconut due to cholesterol issues but it sounds really great!

  3. melistocrat- the fat in coconut is actually very beneficial, I would like to suggest you study some further sources. Same with Ghee. The benefits would far outway any potential negatives. Eating natural foods like coconut and ghee in moderation is much more beneficial than eating highly processed oils like most canola and other vegetable oils. I have based my diet on strong science. I wouldn't recommend eating anything in excess. and obviously daily exercise is the best way to insure that cholesterol issues don't show up. :)

  4. I made this tonight. I used one small onion fried in ghee as suggested, but I just fried the onion until brown to start the curry, then I added the tomatoes until soft, and then the rest of the ingredients. I couldn't find the macadamia nut oil, so I just omitted it since the ghee was enough.

    I also used 1 tablespoon of tomato puree instead of the 1 tsp. Just seemed like a possible typo there. The halibut tasted amazing! Thanks for the recipe, Lori! I'll be making this one again, for sure! My son was completely blown away by how good it was! I tell you I was nearly eating the utensils while cooking the meal I was so hungry!

    I was completely stuffed, and still had enough for another two people I think. Both of us had seconds.

    Thanks again.

  5. I'm glad you liked it! you can find macadamia nut oil at planet organic. i think we have been using tomato paste. just depends on what you have. what you did is just right :) I just write em down like we make em on that evening. variations are always aceptable :)

  6. This recipe was a huge hit with my friends last night. Brilliant! Thank you.

    (And so many more here to try...!)

  7. yay! try the fish tacos, try the fish tacos try the fish tacos! seriously. we LOVE them :)