My dad loves his fish on Friday. We love fish once a week and so friday is as good a day as any! I try to mix up what we have and I absolutely love all kinds of asian food so this hybrid joins all the flavours I love the most.
I serve ours with parsnip rice and green veg like stir fried kale, bok choi or broccoli. You can adjust the heat or leave out the chillies all together if you are not keen on spice. Our kids like a little spice so I try to minimise it so they can eat with us.
Friday Fish Curry
This Thai/Indian hybrid satisfies my taste buds. The thai lemongrass and ginger with the more indian mustard seeds and turmeric makes this curry light, fresh and with a comforting heat.
1tsp dried turmeric or thumb nail size fresh turmeric root
thumbnail size fresh ginger
thumbnail size fresh galangal
thumbnail size fresh lemongrass
3 cloves garlic
3 curry leaves
1 tbsp coconut oil
Juice of one lime
2 tbsp coconut sugar
can coconut milk
2 small shallots
1 small red chillies
800g fish (I use Ling Fillet but any firm fish or salmon would be nice)
3 parsnips for the rice
In a food processor add the shallots, red chillies, salt, pepper, 3 curry leaves, garlic, lemongrass, ginger, galangal, turmeric, mustard seed, coriander seed and cumin seed. blend until almost paste like- add the coconut oil.
Cube the fish
Add the fish and paste to a bowl and mix well. Cover and leave to marinate for an hour (overnight is best)
Add coconut oil to a hot pan and add marinaded fish and fry until spices are fragrant.
Add coconut milk sugar to taste. Allow to simmer.
Add some vegetables (this time I added aubergine and baby corn but anything would work well)
Allow to simmer until vegetables are cooked
Serve with rice and green vegetables. I use parsnip rice.
I have also used beef and chicken with the exact same method.
This recipe works beautifully in the slow cooker too. Just add it to the slow cooker with the vegetables and cook on low for 4 hours.
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I also use exactly the same recipe with chicken and beef too. With the beef I use brisket as it is lovely slow cooked (see my beef bourguignon recipe). Add the marinaded beef to the slow cooker and when there is 2 hours left on the cooking time- add the coconut milk and extra vegetables.
I love coconut. I love making coconut yoghurt, milk and butter from the meat and drinking the water and making coconut water kefir. The recipes couldn’t be simpler.
The results from making them fresh and from home are so beyond what you can buy in cartons, cans and jars! Mostly however because the natural bacteria are still present in the fresh meat and water and this greatly enhances the health giving properties. I use Young Thai coconuts, they are my favourite tasting ones. They also have a good amount of soft meat and water to make a delicious coconut milk that does not need straining. Have a look at my post to see how to easily open them
There are also several methods of making coconut milk from dried coconut too. In the tropics we have these in abundance of fresh coconuts in the supermarkets and after using the water and meat they are a bargain. Now I just need some ideas on how to use the husks- I hate waste and live on the 27th floor! (update- we now live in a house and I am planning to use them as planters for some seedlings.)
The easiest way to make coconut milk is to use the contents of one coconut (meat and water- topping up with filtered water if necessary) and blend- however if you want to make more than one glass then follow this recipe.
Fresh Coconut Milk
A delicious vibrant milk which is far superior to cows milk in taste, nutrient content and nutrient availability.