Cod curry with tamarind and curry leaves

An exciting fusion of flavours, bringing together the tanginess of tamarind, the aromatic essence of dried curry leaves, and the delicate taste of cod.
  • Preparation Time: 10 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • 500g cod fillets, cut into large chunks
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 inch piece ginger, grated
  • 2 green chillies, slit lengthwise
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 10-12 dried curry leaves
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 can (400ml) coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons tamarind paste
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • Salt to taste
  • Fresh coriander leaves, for garnish


  • Heat the vegetable oil in a large pan over medium heat.
  • Add the mustard seeds and cumin seeds. When they start to splutter, add the dried curry leaves.

Cooking the Base:

  • Add the chopped onion and sauté until golden brown.
  • Stir in the garlic, ginger, and green chillies, cooking for another 2-3 minutes until fragrant.

Adding Spices:

  • Add the turmeric powder, ground coriander, ground cumin, and paprika. Cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring continuously to prevent burning.

Building the Curry:

  • Pour in the coconut milk, tamarind paste, and brown sugar. Stir well to combine.
  • Season with salt to taste.

Cooking the Cod:

  • Bring the curry to a gentle simmer and add the cod chunks.
  • Cover and cook for 8-10 minutes, or until the cod is cooked through and flakes easily with a fork.

Final Touches:

  • Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary.
  • Garnish with fresh coriander leaves before serving.
Per serving
  • Calories: 350 kcal
  • Protein: 25g
  • Fat: 20g
  • Carbohydrates: 15g
  • Fibre: 3g
  • Sugar: 5g
  • Sodium: 300mg

In this recipe:

Perfect for a cozy dinner, this curry is not only full of flavour but also nutritious. Ideal for seafood lovers, this dish is a wonderful way to explore Indian-inspired cuisine.

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