Coconut Milk Fish Curry
New Year, new blogs & a 2 year old with opinions...luckily she's still a good eater (she does love her plain butter noodles & and I totally get it). It's always been important to me that she grows up with food from both her cultures and this recipe (originally from my mama) was & still is, one of my favorites - it was also my husband's birthday dinner request this year!
Once you get your basic curry spices stocked, you'll be whipping up a curry every other day, it's so easy. For this recipe you'll need...
6 ground cloves
6 ground seeds from 6 cardamom pods
4 cloves of minced garlic
1 large tsp of minced ginger
1 tsp of masala
1 tsp of ground cumin
1/2 tsp of paprika
1/2 tsp of chili powder
2-3 pieces of cod (any boneless white fish like halibut or tilapia will work as well)
cilantro to garnish
1 can of coconut milk
1 chopped onion
salt & pepper
butter, ghee or oil to fry in
In a bowl, mix together all the spices, ginger and garlic. Squeeze in the juice of a lemon to create a paste. Cover the fish in the paste to marinate (I like to do mine a few hours or the night before).
In a frying pan, fry the fish in butter, ghee or oil until cooked through and set aside. In a pot fry the chopped onion (again in butter, ghee or oil) until golden, add in a little more garlic & ginger and cook for another minute or so. Add the fried fish (I like to gently break it with the wooden spoon as I combine everything together). Pour the coconut milk in and simmer until hot. Top with cilantro and chili flakes (optional) and serve over rice,quinoa or with naan!
I've always enjoyed the flavor of coconut, but there are some amazing nutritional benefits in coconut milk which Aunty Angie knows all about. In addition to being a well known source of healthy fat, few people know that coconuts actually help fight viruses too. In that healthy fat is something called lauric acid, which when converted in our bodies, becomes an antiviral antibacterial compound. It's even been effective in fighting H.pylori, the bacteria that causes ulcers and stomach cancer. Oh, & the only other place lauric acid is found in abundance in nature is breast milk! (Mom's know, we got the good stuff).