Small fish cooked in coconut milk

12 to 15 smelts cleaned *
1 tbsp oil
1/4 tsp mustard seeds
1/8 tsp fenugreek seeds
1 red chillie
3 tbsp onion
1 tbsp curry leaves
1 pandan leaf
1/2 tbsp garlic
1/2 tbsp ginger grated
1 green chillie optional
1/2 cup tomatoes
1/2 tbsp chillie powder
1/4 tbsp coriander or curry powder
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1/4 tsp garam masala
1/2 tsp salt or more to taste
1/2 cup water
2 tbsp coconut milk powder mixed in 1/4 cup water

* Remove the bones in the fish if it easy for you or just clean and cook.  

Heat oil then sauté the onion and curry leaves.  Then add garlic, ginger, pandan leaf and green chillie.  Add the tomatoes and spices.  Then add the smelts and water, cook lightly covered till the fish is soft.  
Make sure not to break the fish by stirring too much just shake the pan or carefully coat the fish if needed, the fish becomes soft and cooks fast.  
Add the coconut milk towards the end and cook for a few minutes without the lid.  Serve as a side dish with rice, flatbread or bread.   

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  1. Lovely curry! Smelt and coconut milk are my favorite combination.

  2. anything with fish and Iam in

  3. Fish curry looks yummy..:)) Perfect match for some hot rice...
    Loved it..

  4. My favourite.... Tempting so much

  5. This curry looks delectable!!! Stunning capture :)

  6. lovely would be an understatement for this dish. wish could have grabbed that bowl.

  7. Smelt is great and I like the way you prepared it!

  8. Mouthwatering here, gravy looks fabulous and irresistible.

  9. wow..yummy n fav,!

  10. yummy,nice n simple way to make a tasty curry.

  11. is dat anchovies...i usually make this curry with cod or the taste

  12. I love any dish cooked with coconut. It gives beautiful flavour. Your dish would go really well with rice. I will eat a big plate of rice :D

  13. Love this curry, with coconut milk. My mom often makes that

  14. Fish curry...yummy! I love the addition of the tomato flavor into this curry recipe.

  15. Looks delirious!! I love any fish curry. :)

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  16. This looks really good. I love coconut milk and never thought about cooking fish in it. Looks yummy!!!

  17. Great spicy flavours and with fish, my other half will love this dish all the way.

  18. Love this recipe.. and looks yummy too! :p

  19. sounds great. I usually fry my smelt after they are dredged in flour. Love the ne take here. Gonna try these. Hope you stayed cool in a crazy hot day up here in Toronto!!

  20. Love the spicy flavors in this fish curry....Yummmmm


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