Roasted peanut fish curry

Roasted peanut fish curry

Anjum's Quick & Easy Indian
Lisa Linder

I once had an amazing fish in Hong Kong that was garnished with roasted peanuts and became a bit obsessed with the combination. I then read about a peanut and fish curry from Africa. It sparked my imagination and this is the result. It is sweet and sour and very delicious. For a different presentation, don’t cube the fish, instead just season whole fillets on both sides, pat dry, fry in a non-stick pan, then plate up, spooning the curry around.


Quantity Ingredient
4 tablespoons vegetable oil
3 teaspoons cumin seeds
1 red onion, roughly chopped
1 small red pepper, cut into 2.5 cm cubes
4 ripe tomatoes, quartered
25g root ginger, coarsely chopped, (peeled weight)
6 fat garlic cloves
80g salted roasted peanuts, half lightly crushed
1/2 teaspoon chilli powder
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 1/2 teaspoons garam masala
450g creamed coconut block
4-5 firm white fish fillets, cut into large cubes


  1. Heat the oil in a large non-stick saucepan and add the cumin seeds. Fry until sizzling and colouring. Add the onion and some salt and cook over a highish flame for three to four minutes, stirring once. Add the pepper to the onion and sauté for another few minutes or until the onions have coloured and the pepper is softening.
  2. Meanwhile, blend together the tomatoes, ginger, garlic and the whole peanuts until smooth (I use a hand-held blender).
  3. Add the ground spices to the onion mixture in the pan, give it a stir, then add the blended tomato mixture. Cook until completely reduced, about 15 minutes. It will be a thick paste and will release oil on the base of the pan.
  4. Add the coconut and enough water to produce a thickish creamy sauce. Taste, adjust the seasoning and keep over a low heat. Add the fish and cook for four minutes, or until cooked through. Sprinkle over the crushed peanuts and serve.
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