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Durban Fish Curry with Tamarind

Red Hot & Spicy Durban Fish Curry

Durban Fish Curry with Tamarind

A red hot & spicy Durban Fish Curry cooked with Tamarind.

This recipe is based on the incredible Fish Curry Recipe by Irene Enoch from Blessed Bakes.


  • Author: Shane
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 60
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: 3-4 1x
  • Category: Durban Curry
  • Method: Moderate
  • Cuisine: Indian


  • Fresh Fish or your choice
  • Sunflower Oil 
  • 2 Medium Onions (thinly chopped)
  • 4 Jam Tomatoes (grated)
  • 6 Split Chillies (or to taste)
  • 1 Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons of Durban Curry Lovers, All-in-One Masala
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Honey
  • Curry Leaves
  • 1 Teaspoon Tamarind, Diluted in Warm Water


  • Cover the base of the pot and fill to at least 7mm – or more or less to your own taste
  • Add your onions and gently fry for at least 10 – 15 minutes, until soft, sweet & golden brown.
  • Add Ginger & Garlic and fry until soft
  • Add Masala and allow to fry for at least 5 mins, until properly tempered. (Keep your stove low to medium & add splashes of water if the masala gets too thick. Do not burn)
  • Add Tomatoes and simmer until they are soft and dissolved into the sauce. (use your spoon to break the tomato down, if need be)
  • Add the honey and mix well
  • Add Curry Leaves & simmer for 5 minutes
  • Test for salt and add accordingly
  • Add a cup of water, or however much will be necessary to cover the fish when you add it later
  • Simmer for another 5 – 10 minutes, until you see the oil start to separate from the sauce
  • Add the fish and cover with sauce. Try not move the fish again, perhaps just to flip
  • Dissolve the tamarind with a little warm water until it is a paste & add it to your sauce
  • Gently simmer until the fish is cooked, occasionally stirring the sauce and basting the fish
  • Test for salt and add accordingly
  • Garnish with Dhania
  • Serve with whatever makes you happy.


I did not use any whole spices, as I used our Durban Curry Lovers, All-in-One Masala

Experiment until you have developed your own recipe that suits your taste.

Check some more of our Fish Curry Recipes, for suggestions on ingredients & technique.

Irene is available for catering and baking to order, see her Facebook Page

Keywords: fresh fish, durban curry, all-in-one masala, tamarind

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