Malaysian Fish Curry Recipe

Malaysian Fish Curry Recipe: a famous curry dish of fish is a Malaysian version of Asian ( Indian and Sri Lankan) fish curry. It is the most delicious dish.

Malaysian Fish Curry
Malaysian Fish Curry

It is a healthy dish. Turmeric is used in this Malaysian-style fish curry which helps to reduce inflammation in the body. It has a large amount of fiber and protein while being low in calories and sodium.

In most fishes, Omega 3 fatty acids are also present in large quantities. Its consumption reduces the risk of heart disease.


  • 400-gram skinless and boneless bream fillets (snapper fillets or flathead, ling) 4cm lengths
  • 140 ml coconut milk
  • 30ml of sunflower oil or canola oil
  • 2 small eschalots halved
  • 1 tsp shrimp paste (or 4-5 large anchovy fillets)
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 10 fresh curry leaves + 1 to serve
  • 2 small red chilies (roughly chopped after seeds removed)
  • 1/4 tsp ground turmeric
  • 3/4 tsp sweet paprika
  • 3/4 tbsp tamarind concentrate
  • 11/2 cm piece galangal (or ginger, peeled, finely grated)
  • 1 lemongrass stem cut into 4cm lengths after outer leaves were discarded, and bruised with back of a knife.
  • Raw sugar to taste
  • Salt to taste
  • Roti canai, to serve

Malaysian Fish Curry Recipe Instructions

  1. First, to form a paste pound eschalots, galangal, garlic, and shrimp paste in a mortar using a pestle. or process the above items by adding some water to a food processor.
  2. Then heat oil in a large, deep frypan and after add paste, paprika, curry leaves, turmeric, and chili to it. Stir for 2-3 minutes until moisture evaporates on medium-high heat.
  3. Now add coconut milk, lemongrass, and tamarind and bring to a boil. Simmer for 10 minutes reducing heat to medium-low or till the mixture reduces slightly.
  4. Now add fish, salt, and sugar and simmer until the fish is just cooked. Adjust seasoning properly with salt and sugar to taste.
  5. Place the curry into bowls and scatter the curry leaf. Serve with steamed white rice or roti to dip in the sauce.

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