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Burmese Fish Curry

hsaba's picture
We were served this fish curry at a local roadside restaurant on the way to the Shan state. The tomato gravy with tender fish and fresh coriander made the lengthy car journey worthwhile. When we were back in Yangon, I asked my cousin for the recipe. She showed me how to cook it the following day while I photographed and reap the rewards of her effort.
Ingredients
  Turmeric 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Firm white fish fillets 225 Gram (4 fillets of 8 Ounce each)
  Onion 1 Large, chopped
  Garlic 4 Clove (20 gm), crushed
  Crushed dried chillies 1 Teaspoon
  Groundnut oil 6 Tablespoon
  Paprika 1 Teaspoon
  Ripe tomatoes 5 , chopped (blanched in hot water then peeled)
  Fresh coriander 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs), chopped
  Fish sauce To Taste
Directions

Make the marinade: mix the turmeric and fish sauce in a bowl then rub it all over the fish with your hands. Leave it to marinade for at least 30 mins.

Pound the onion and garlic in a pestle and mortar or chop them very finely. Heat the oil in a saucepan and caramelise the onion mixture over moderate heat for 15-20 mins or until soft and have turned a reddish brown. Keep an eye on it to avoid burning the onions and making it bitter.

Add the paprika, stir a little and cook for a further 10-20 seconds to bring out the flavour of the spice, then add the chopped tomatoes. Reduce the heat to low and simmer uncovered for 30 mins or until it has reduced to a lovely thick sauce.

Add the fish pieces including the left over marinade and cook over moderate heat for 4 mins, then carefully turn the fish pieces and cook a further 4 mins or until the fish is cooked (cooking time will vary according to the thickness of the fish).

Before serving, check for seasoning, add more fish sauce if necessary. Sprinkle chopped coriander and serve with plenty of boiled basmati rice.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
Asian
Course: 
Main Dish
Taste: 
Savory
Dish: 
Curry
Ingredient: 
Seafood
Interest: 
Everyday
Preparation Time: 
15 Minutes
Cook Time: 
50 Minutes
Ready In: 
65 Minutes
Servings: 
4
Subtitle: 
burmese fish curry

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shantihhh's picture
This sounds wonderful! Do you get the fermented tea leaves here in the US?