Fooding By Bola B: Fish Masala Curry

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1.5 lbs fish (any kind really, I used tilapia because I have a soft spot for this fish :D)

1 large onion, sliced
5 cloves of garlic
3 medium sized tomatoes, diced
3 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tsp red chili powder
1 tsp turmeric
1 tsp coriander
5 tbsp lemon juice (Recipe called for 4bsp tamarind paste but I substituted with fresh lemon juice)
1/2 cup of coconut milk (I used light coconut milk)
Salt to taste


In a large bowl, add salt, red chili powder, turmeric, coriander and lemon juice to make marinade. Add the fish and ensure
that it’s well coated with marinade. Let sit on the counter/fridge while you make the sauce.
Heat oil in a large saucepan. Add onions, garlic and a pinch of salt and let simmer (covered) until slightly brown.

Add tomatoes to the onion-garlic sauce. Let cook until the tomato skin begins to peel off forming a paste.

Add the fish+marinade to the skillet and stir gently to avoid breaking the fish. Add 1/2 cup of water–you can rinse the marinade bowl with this water first to get all the spices still in the bowl. Add the water+ leftover spice Β to the sauce.
Optional: add green chillies for a very spicy dish
Let cook for approximately 10 minutes before adding coconut milk. Once coconut milk is added, cover and let simmer for two minutes and tada! Dinner is ready!
Serve with rice or bread..I had mine over brown rice. Yum yum yum!

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By |August 30th, 2012|9 Comments


  1. Oluwatosin Akanbi February 14, 2014 at 6:42 am - Reply

    Hi, love your post. please I have a request I would like you to add pictures of the ingredients some times cos its abit hard to find some of your ingredients.

  2. Bola B January 31, 2013 at 1:40 pm - Reply

    That’s wonderful Tolu! I’m curious to hear how you tweaked the recipe…Do share πŸ™‚

  3. Tolu January 24, 2013 at 3:10 pm - Reply

    Hi Bola B, so glad I stumbled on this blog. I just finished preparing this meal for my family and we all enjoyed it. Though I made some variations, it all came out nice. Thanks

  4. [email protected] November 27, 2012 at 11:48 am - Reply

    Hi, it is the same preperation of a goan curry (India), perfect. thanks.

  5. Stories Trending Now September 8, 2012 at 4:41 am - Reply

    Nice Blog and post,
    Just stumbled on your Blog today and love what you do here.

  6. The Relentless Builder August 31, 2012 at 7:02 pm - Reply

    Bola B: The chillies will not be optional for me πŸ™‚ I also have a soft spot for fish too, and this looks quite easy to make. How do you keep the fish from breaking though since it’s “fillet-type”?

    • Bola September 1, 2012 at 8:26 pm - Reply

      Hi relentless builder! Thanks for your comment. I love my chillies too;). Fillet fish has it’s pros and cons. It breaks easily but the secret is to stir really gently and not overcook. This meal is one of the quickest meal to make given the already fragile fish cooks quite fast (~14 mins total after adding the fish). Give it a try and do let me know how you like it!

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