Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Salmon Curry.



Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu!

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

It's Eid next week!
Eid-ul-Adha will be on Wednesday, Insha Allah.
I will be sharing a few Eid recipes in this week leading up to the day itself. 

The first of those dishes is this salmon curry. I first cooked it on Eid-ul-Fitr when I wanted something different on the menu. Immediately I thought of fish and no fish is more special than salmon. When buying it in the chiller section of the supermarket and with skin on, it can be quite expensive so is perfect for a special occasion like Eid.
Traditionally as Punjabis, fish is nowhere near our Eid menu. Usually our menu is filled with lamb pulaochicken curry, plenty of samosas, and traditional desserts. Which is why when this salmon curry appeared on the Eid table in June, it made a welcome change and so was gone in seconds.
By using juicy fillets with their skin on, the salmon is definitely the star and is in no way dry at all. It starts by being marinaded in spices and lemon before being pan-fried until golden brown. Then, we make a simple curry sauce which is made even easier because there is no real chopping to do (everything is blended! 😍) Once the sauce is ready, the salmon is put back in and cooked until it's just done. We want it to be lovely and juicy so don't overcook it. For Eid, this curry would be great with pulao or boiled white rice. Enjoy!

Salmon, previously: baked salmon with lemon dill sauce // grilled salmon with lime coriander butter // spicy salmon and potato fishcakes // salmon pepper parcels 

A Simple List of Ingredients:

For the Salmon Marinade:
1. Salmon Fillets
2. Lemon Juice
3. Salt
4. Red Chilli Powder
5. Ground Turmeric
6. Ajwain

For the Curry Sauce:
1. Vegetable Oil
2. Onions
3. Ginger Paste
4. Garlic Paste
5. Tomatoes
6. Salt
7. Red Chilli Powder
8. Paprika
9. Ground Turmeric
10. Ground Cumin
11. Ground Coriander
12. Tomato Puree

Bismillah, let's begin!

Let's talk salmon. I used 4 Salmon Fillets which were boneless but with skin.

Put the fish into a bowl to marinade. I kept my pieces whole but you can cut them up too.

Squeeze in the Juice of 1/2 Lemon.

Add in:
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/2 teaspoon Red Chilli Powder
1/2 teaspoon Ground Turmeric
1/2 teaspoon Ajwain (Carom Seeds)

Mix well until all the salmon pieces are coated in the spices.

You can leave the fish to marinade for up to 30 minutes or cook straight away!

Now, we fry the salmon. I used a large frying pan because I would be cooking the curry in the same pan. Put in enough Vegetable Oil to cover the base of the pan.

When the oil is hot, add in the salmon pieces.

Fry for 1 minute per side. We are not looking to fully cook the salmon here as it will finish cooking in the curry later.

Put the salmon on a plate until needed.

By the way, if you're not in a curry mood then this salmon would be great fried a bit more until fully cooked.

For the curry sauce, add more oil to the pan if needed.

When it's hot, add in 2 medium Onions which have been blended with a little water until smooth.

Stir fry for 5 minutes.

Add in:
1/2 teaspoon Ginger Paste
1/2 teaspoon Garlic Paste

Fry until fragrant.

Then, pour in 2 large Tomatoes which have been blended until smooth.

Stir in!

Add in:
1 teaspoon Salt
1 level teaspoon Red Chilli Powder
1/2 teaspoon Paprika
1/2 teaspoon Ground Turmeric
1 teaspoon Ground Cumin
2 teaspoons Ground Coriander

And, squeeze in 1 tablespoon Tomato Puree.

Plus drizzle in more Vegetable Oil if things are starting to stick!

Stir everything in and be careful. This is a sauce that likes to spit!

Cover with a lid and let the sauce cook over low heat for 10-15 minutes.

Uncover and give it a stir. The sauce is done when the oil rises to the surface and everything has thickened a bit.

Add the fried salmon pieces to the curry sauce.

Cover with a lid and cook over  low heat just until the fish is cooked - about 10 minutes.

Ten minutes and we're done! The salmon is done when it flakes easily with a fork.

Garnish the curry with chopped Fresh Coriander and serve.

I served the curry with cooked brown rice.

And, a chopped salad.

Easy, quick and very satisfying. You're going to love this salmon curry!

Salmon Curry.

a well-spiced simple salmon curry.

Prep Time: About 30 minutes.
Cook Time: About 30 minutes.
Serves: About 4 people.

Ingredients

For the Salmon Marinade
4 Salmon Fillets, with or without skin
Juice of 1/2 Lemon
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/2 teaspoon Red Chilli Powder
1/2 teaspoon Ground Turmeric
1/2 teaspoon Ajwain (Carom Seeds)
Vegetable Oil, to fry

For the Curry Sauce
Vegetable Oil, as needed
2 medium Onions, blended with water until smooth
1/2 teaspoon Ginger Paste
1/2 teaspoon Garlic Paste
2 large Tomatoes, blended until smooth
1 teaspoon Salt
1 level teaspoon Red Chilli Powder
1/2 teaspoon Paprika
1/2 teaspoon Ground Turmeric
1 teaspoon Ground Cumin
2 teaspoons Ground Coriander
1 tablespoon Tomato Puree

To Serve
Fresh Coriander
Cooked Rice
Chopped Salad

Marinade the salmon:
Mix the salmon fillets with all the marinade ingredients except the oil. Marinade for up to 30 minutes or fry straight away.

Fry the salmon:
Heat enough vegetable oil to cover the base of a large frying pan over medium heat. When the oil is hot, add the salmon. Fry for 1 minute per side until golden brown. Move to a plate.

Cook the curry sauce:
In the same pan, add more oil if needed. When the oil is hot, add in the blended onions and stir fry for 5 minutes. Add the ginger paste and garlic paste. Fry until fragrant. Stir in the blended tomatoes along with all the spices and tomato puree. Add more oil, if needed. Cover with a lid and cook on low heat for 10-15 minutes. When the sauce has thickened a bit and the oil has risen to the surface, it's done.

Finish the salmon curry:
Add the salmon pieces to the curry sauce. Cover and cook on low heat for 10 minutes or until the salmon is cooked. Serve with rice.

Keep me in your duas please, and enjoy your salmon curry!

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu!

2 comments

  1. Looks lovely! The curry is definitely something I will try as we all enjoy fried salmon

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