Kingfish, potato and pea curry

Terry Durack
Kingfish, potato and pea curry.
Kingfish, potato and pea curry. Photo: Marina Oliphant

Smart seafood choices mean fish will still be on the menu tomorrow.


60ml vegetable oil

2 tsp mustard seeds

1 tsp fenugreek seeds

8 curry leaves

1 red onion, halved and sliced

3cm piece ginger, grated

1 tsp turmeric

1/2 tsp dried chilli flakes

2 tsp ground cumin

2 tsp ground coriander

2 tsp ground ginger

1 tsp paprika

3 tomatoes, seeded and chopped

2 tbsp tomato paste

1 tbsp tamarind paste

1 long green chilli, sliced

400ml water or stock

1/2 tsp salt

300g potatoes, diced

600g kingfish fillets, cut into bite-sized pieces

150g frozen peas

150ml coconut milk

4 tbsp fresh coriander, chopped


Heat the oil in a shallow pan and add the mustard and fenugreek seeds and curry leaves. When they start to pop and crackle, add the onion and ginger, and cook for 5-6 minutes, until translucent. Add the remaining spices, stirring well, then add the tomatoes, tomato paste, tamarind paste, chilli, water or stock and salt, and cook over medium heat for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Cook the potatoes in simmering salted water for 10 minutes or until tender, then drain.

Add the fish to the curry and cook for 6-7 minutes until cooked through. Add the potato, peas and coconut milk and heat through for 3 minutes, uncovered, stirring occasionally. Scatter with coriander and serve with steamed rice.