Healthy and Hearty Coconut & Turmeric Fish Curry

Whiting is an exquisite fish with a delicate flavor that needs little cooking. It is perfect for the subtly spiced flavor of this simple dish.


  • 4 cloves of garlic cut into pieces
  • 4 small chillies chopped
  • 1 tbs finely chopped ginger
  • 2 tsp finely chopped fresh turmeric
  • 2 tbs sunflower olive oil
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 2 tsp Earth Signature turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 6 green cardamom pods, cracked
  • 12 curry leaves, plus additional deep-fried leaves to serve
  • 400ml of coconut milk
  • 1 cup (250ml) fish stock
  • 600g sand Whiting Fillets (skin on) cut into pieces of 4cm
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • Steamed basmati rice, to serve
  • Coriander leaves, to serve


1. Use a mortar and pestle to pound  the garlic, chilli, ginger , and turmeric until it is a smooth paste.

2. Heat oil in a large fry pan over medium temperature. Stir fry the onions for 3-4 minutes, until it becomes soft. Add chilli paste, and stir for 3-4 mins until fragrant. Add curry leaves and spices and stir for another 2 minutes. Add coconut milk and the fish stock and reduce the heat to a simmer.

3. Cook while stirring for up to 10 minutes, or until the liquid has slightly reduced. Add the fish, and cook for another 4 minutes or until just cooked. Remove from the heat. Add lime juice and salt for seasoning.

4. Curry is served with rice and garnished with coriander and deep-fried curry leaves.

Prep TimeCook TimeTotal TimeServings
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