Curried Fish Fillets

Curried Fish Fillets

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This comes from Cochin in southern India, on the Malabar Coast. At one time there were 2 distinct communities, the "black" and the "white," completely separate from other Indian Jews, most of whom live in Bombay. This fish dish was popular on the Sabbath among the so-called black Jews. Most of the Cochin Jews now live in Israel. This recipe was given to me by Yvonne Isaac, an old friend from Young Poale Zion, the Zionist youth movement to which I belonged. If you do not like very hot curry, substitute 1/2 teaspoon chili powder for the whole chili pepper.
Servings: 6
Calories: 154


  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 onion sliced
  • 1 1/2 pounds white fish fillets cut in serving pieces
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed
  • small bunch fresh coriander cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon herb vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 small red chili pepper chile pequin


  • Heat the oil in a skillet over high heat and saute the onion until it is transparent, about 5 minutes.
  • Add the fish and saute until flesh is firm, about 10 minutes.
  • Add the remaining ingredients to the skillet, then cover the pan and simmer over a very low heat so the liquid barely moves for 1 hour.
  • Remove fish pieces to a dish and pour cooking liquid over. Serve with rice.
Calories: 154 kcal
Carbohydrates: 5 g
Protein: 24 g
Fat: 5g
Saturated Fat: 1 g
Trans Fat: 1 g
Cholesterol: 57 mg
Sodium: 148 mg
Potassium: 521 mg
Fiber: 1 g
Sugar: 3 g
Vitamin A: 264 IU
Vitamin C: 15 mg
Calcium: 39 mg
Iron: 2 mg
Cuisine Jewish
Ingredients Fish & Seafood
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