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Fish Kulambu

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Skiz Fernando shows you how to make this spicy, delicious Chettinad dish on the latest installment of his popular web cooking series, Pan Asian
  Canola oil/Extra virgin olive oil 3 Tablespoon
  Curry leaves 3 Gram (4-6) (Optional)
  Fenugreek seed 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Fennel seed 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Cumin seed 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Urad dal 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Chopped onion 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Garlic cloves 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs), peeled, quartered
  Green chile 1 , cut lengthwise (or to taste)
  Chopped tomato 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Turmeric powder 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Cayenne pepper 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Curry powder 2 Teaspoon
  Black pepper and cumin powder mixture 1 Teaspoon
  Salt 1 Teaspoon
  Tomato sauce 2 Cup (32 tbs)
  Ginger 2 Tablespoon, minced
  Tamarind paste 1⁄2 Teaspoon (dissolved in water)
  Firm fish 1 Pound, cut into 1-inch thick strips
  Fresh cilantro 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs), chopped finely

1. Place a large saucepan on medium flame, and heat oil in it.
2. Drop curry leaves, fenugreek seeds, fennel seeds, cumin seeds, and urad dal in it. Fry for about 30 seconds or until seeds pop and urad dal is golden brown.
3. Throw onion, garlic, chilli pepper, and tomato in it. Stir and cook for a minute.
4. Add turmeric, and cook for an additional minute.
5. Throw cayenne powder, curry powder, salt, black pepper, and cumin powder in it. Mix to combine.
6. Put tomato sauce, ginger root, and tamarind paste. Mix well.
7. Pour about 1-2 cups of warm water. Stir, and let it simmer, uncovered for a couple of minutes over medium low heat.
8. When the mixture starts to boil, add fish. Cover fish with the sauce.
9. Throw coriander leaves, and mix well. Cover, and cook over low heat for 5-7 minutes or until fish is flaky and opaque. Stir gently. Remove pan from heat, cover and let it rest.

10. Serve fish curry hot with rice.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Preparation Time: 
15 Minutes
Cook Time: 
25 Minutes
Ready In: 
40 Minutes

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 250 Calories from Fat 106

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 12 g18.4%

Saturated Fat 1.6 g8.1%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 28.7 mg9.6%

Sodium 367.7 mg15.3%

Total Carbohydrates 15 g5.2%

Dietary Fiber 3.3 g13.3%

Sugars 5.8 g

Protein 20 g40.3%

Vitamin A 47.4% Vitamin C 34.1%

Calcium 5.7% Iron 15.7%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet

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