- 5 T oil
- 2 onions, chopped
- 4 green chillies
- 1 T garlic, crushed
- 1 kg jam or Roma tomatoes, liquidised
- 2 curry leaves
- salt, to taste
- 2 T chilli powder
- 1 T ground pepper
- 1 T mustard seeds
- 1 T cumin seeds
- ½ t ground turmeric
- 150 g black tamarind paste
- 2 cups water
- 2 kg firm-textured fish (such as yellowtail), cut into squares
- 6-8 free-range eggs, boiled (optional)
- fresh coriander, to garnish
- spring onions, to garnish
- basmati rice or garlic rolls, for serving
Heat the oil in a large, flat saucepan and fry the onions. Add the chillies and garlic, 1 cup crushed tomatoes, curry leaves and salt.
Add the dry spices and cook for 10 minutes. Dissolve the tamarind in the water. Add the remaining tomatoes to the tamarind water, then add to the pan and cook for 20 minutes.
Add the fish and simmer, with the lid slightly open, for 10 minutes or until just cooked. Add the boiled eggs if using. Garnish with fresh coriander and spring onions and serve with the rice or garlic rolls.
Cook's note: My godson’s wife Kubesh Moodley gave me her mother Niri’s recipe for a curry that’s exquisitely spiced and sauced, textured with whole seeds. Kubesh grew up in Port Edward on the south coast of KwaZulu-Natal and her father, Gops, was a keen fisherman, so they always had the best fresh fish available.