A's fish curry and kaalan

We have this wonderful neighbours and we meet for dinner parties often. (It is sad that one of our friends is moving to California.we will miss them) So the last time our friend invited us for dinner she had made this wonderful fish curry- Malayali style. Of course, if it is a malayali and fish, it makes a winning combination. But its not just the fish curry but something along with the curry that really took my heart. Its called Kaalan. (I hope i am right, i tend to make a mistake with its pronunciation and ends up calling the dish a malayali eqvivalent of BULL)
Its a perfect combination of spice and tart. Goes vey well with rice. So here is the recipe, coutesy my friend...( i have altered the recipe ever so slightly just to make it a one pot wonder!!!)
Fish Curry
Tilapia fish 1/2 lb cleaned and cut into pieces
coconut milk 1 cup
Dhania 1/2 tbsp
Red Chillies 6 and above
Tamarind extract 1/2 tsp
Turmeric 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves
Shallots 2 chopped
Green chillies 2 (optional)
Toast the dhania and red chillies and pound it into a fine powder. Mix the spice powder, turmeric, tamarind, coconut milk. Set aside.
Heat oil in a pot ( a clay pot will work perfectly for this curry) drop the curry leaves, green chillies and the shallots, keep stirring. Pour the coconut milk mixture into the pot. Cook on a gentle heat till fragrant. Drop the fish pieces. Cover and cook till done.Serve with Kalan and steaming rice.
This is a simple yogurt based curry which is very very tasty.
Yogurt 1/2 cup beaten
Oil 1 tsp
Mustard seeds 1/2 tsp
Red chillies dry 2-3
Tomato 1 diced
Turmeric 1 pinch
Curry leaves 4-5
Chilly powder 1 pinch
Fenugreek powder 1 pinch
Heat oil in a pot. Drop the mustard seeds, curry leaves, chillies, turmeric, chilly powder tomatoes and fenugreek powder. Stir well cook the tomatoes. Reduce heat. Mix in the yogurt gently and heat it through. Do not heat it for a long time, the yogurt will curdle. Serve it with fish curry.


Asha said...

Look at the gravies, mouthwatering! Aren't you lucky to have such wonderful neighbors!:)

Kannada Cuisine said...

yes i m very lucky to have such good neighbours!! they ar not only neighbours but friends!