A pink bowl is filled with coconut fish curry and garnished with fresh herbs and thinly sliced cucumber. A dusty pink napkin rests to the side.
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When we opened Granger & Co in Notting Hill in November 2011, I was very conscious of the menu needing to bring the sunshine of Australia, while being appropriate for the dark and rather chilly London autumn. Grilled fish with a tangy salad was perfect for Sydney, but London needed warming up. This curry is what we came up with, and it’s been on the menu ever since. This is a mix-up of different ideas and non-traditional cuisines – which is how this Aussie was feeling after being in London for a couple of years.

Coconut Fish Curry

Recipe by Bill Grainger
Course Dinner, Main Course
Servings 4

Ingredients
 

Fish curry

  • 1 tablespoon chilli flakes ensure gluten-free
  • 1 tablespoon Korean chilli flakes ensure gluten-free
  • 2 red chillies
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 2 French shallots peeled
  • 70 g fresh ginger peeled and roughly chopped
  • 2 lemongrass stalks white part only, bruised and roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder ensure gluten-free
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon ground coriander
  • 1 heaped teaspoon gluten-free shrimp paste
  • light-flavoured oil
  • 60 g palm sugar crumbled or grated
  • 3 tablespoons tamarind purée
  • 400 ml coconut milk
  • 10 makrut lime leaves
  • 1 kg barramundi fillet cut into bite-sized pieces

To serve

  • 1 cucumber sliced into thin ribbons
  • 50 g fresh ginger peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 small handful holy basil
  • 1 small handful coriander
  • 1 bunch gai lan Chinese broccoli, stalks removed, blanched
  • 1 lemon cut into wedges
  • steamed brown rice

Instructions
 

  • To make the curry, blend the aromatics, spices and shrimp paste with a little oil to make a very smooth curry paste.
  • Heat a little more oil in a large heavy-based pan and cook the paste over low heat for 6–8 minutes until it starts to deepen in colour. Add the palm sugar and cook until fully dissolved. Add the tamarind and cook for 3–5 minutes.
  • Add the coconut milk and 600ml water with the lime leaves and simmer for 20–30 minutes until the sauce has deepened in flavour and colour.
  • Add the fish to the sauce and heat through for 5–6 minutes until the fish is cooked.
  • To serve, toss together the cucumber, ginger, basil and coriander to make a salad. Arrange the gai lan in 4 bowls, spoon in the curry and garnish with the cucumber salad. Serve with lemon wedges and brown rice.

Notes

Images and text from Australian Food by Bill Granger, photography by Mikkel Vang. Murdoch Books RRP $49.99.
Images and text from Australian Food by Bill Granger, photography by Mikkel Vang. Murdoch Books RRP $49.99.
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