Coconut Masala Curry with Smoked Fish

[“coconut masala mixture” adapted from Zlamushka’s Spicy Kitchen]


for coconut masala mixture

6 tbs grated coconut
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp fennel seeds
1 tbs ground coriander
2 pinches Cayenne pepper or other chilli powder to taste
1 tsp turmeric / curcuma
1 tsp garam masala powder
4 tbs of cold water

for curry

6 tbs Carotino oil
3 medium onions – 600g (finely sliced)
700g potatoes (cubed, small pieces)
400g tin of plum tomatoes
10 small sweet banana peppers / Hungarian wax – 300g
600g smoked Coley fillet (skin removed, teared into few pieces)
2 tbs lemon / lime juice
600ml hot water
handful of freshly chopped coriander leaves to serve
salt to taste
green chilli pepper (chopped) – optional


large wide pot or wok


Prepare “coconut masala mixture” combining all ingredients in a small bowl, and stirring it well.
Leave aside.
To make curry heat the oil, add onions and let them fry until golden.
Add “coconut masala” and potatoes and fry for about 5 minutes stirring from time to time. Then add water and the rest of ingredients except coriander. Before placing peppers in the pot, cut of the stems and remove insides, but keep peppers whole, don’t cut them. Cook some more until gravy is thicker.

Serve with rice on a side.

Serve 5-6 people.

  • Original “Coconut Masala” by Zlamushka can be found here.
  • Taste even better next day or reheated after couple of hours.
  • I did not use green chilli pepper becasue of kids, but it was still delicious.

Your thoughts…

  1. Hi Margot,
    I am so touched you tried my recipe :-) I wish I was Tried And Tasted (maybe I schedule myself soon).
    I was only unable to find my original recipe link, was it this one? Could you please place it somewhere, so it shows on my trackbacks for other curious readers? I would also like to mention it on my blog, if that is all right with you :-)

  2. The link to your blog is in the first line over the picture. I added also new link to the post itself, under the recipe. And yes, sure you can mention it on your blog. I will be testing this mixture with other curries shortly… and will let you know the result :D

  3. Hi Margot,
    This recipe is a keeper – it looks delicious! My mom makes a similar curry but using re-hydrated salted fish flesh.

    xx Nora

    p/s: Sorry about the lack of comments. I don’t visit blogs much these days, or even using the internet because there are so many knots in my shoulders from too much computer work. Are you back? I’ll drop you a longer e-mail soon.

  4. Really looks and sounds good. I must try it soon. :mrgreen:

  5. I’m a late comer to the curry lovers corner! This looks really good and the flavors sound fantastic. Although now I’ll eat curry, I have yet to cook it for myself. This just may change all that. Thanks!

  6. hmmmmm….I can almost smell the fragrant! ;)

  7. Oh that title itself made me drool, then I saw the picture… Love the masala margot!

  8. Nice job Margot! I really like all the ingredients… how are you my friend?

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