Recipe For Fish Masala

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Masala is the Asian term for a spice mix which is usually a combination of dry roasted dried spices. I don’t think one could find an Indian dish without the use of a masala and here I have created a fish masala which you can use on any fish that you want to add some curry spicing to.

Fish Masala
Fish Masala

It is amazing how sometimes your dreams become a part of what is happening around you when you sleep. I very seldom dream and when I do, they are very involved and convoluted. The other night I dreamt that our friend Nico had bought a new house right on the beach. Every summer Dave and Nico go fishing together and in my dream Nico had decided that this new house would be for these months so that he could tie his boat up right next to it. The building was an elaborate complex of apartments, a restaurant and coffee shop, and the house attached to all of these. The communal garden was flanked on one side by a parking lot, the other by the multi-level apartments, and facing the beach and the garden was Nico’s house. I was busy helping with the placement of all the furniture and Nico was on the phone to me telling me what to do. As we were talking his iPad pinged, and would not stop. That was in my dream, but in reality, our alarm was chiming as something crossed over the one beam. The chimes turned in to the alarm which woke me up with my heart pounding. I cannot imagine Nico will ever move as his house is already as close to the beach as possible, and his boat is moored at the harbour. But I must have been thinking about Nico as earlier on in the day I had made up a recipe for fish masala and added it to some angel fish he had bought over for our dinner.

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Fish Masala
 
This masala will warm any fish dish with a pleasant hint of heat and spice
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Ingredients
  • 15mls whole coriander seeds
  • 10mls cumin seeds
  • 5mls fennel seeds
  • 1 cinnamon quill, broken up
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 2.5mls black peppercorns
  • 2.5mls cardamom pods, crushed
  • 1 dried chilli
  • 5 curry leaves
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2.5mls turmeric
  • 2.5mls ground ginger
  • Zest of 1 lemon
Method
  1. Place the coriander, cumin and fennel seeds into a dry frying pan
  2. Lightly toast on a medium temperature
  3. Add the cinnamon, cloves, peppercorns, cardamom and chilli
  4. Continue to toast until you can smell the cinnamon
  5. Add the curry and bay leaves and toast for a further minute
  6. Add the turmeric and ginger and as soon as you can smell the ginger remove from the heat
  7. Place into a spice grinder together with the lemon zest
  8. Grind until fine
My Notes
you can use 2 chillies if you prefer a hotter masala. I removed the seeds from the chilli I used

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36 thoughts on “Recipe For Fish Masala

  1. I love fish masala! I haven’t had it in forever and I’ve never tried making it at home. I’ll have to give this recipe a try!
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    1. Hope you enjoy it Nathan 🙂

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  2. Crazy how our dreams are influenced by what is happening in our life. I love analysing my dream, even if they are so far out!
    Loving your fish masala too. Yum!
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    1. It can be quite fun working out the dreams 🙂

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  3. I LOVE fish and masala seasoning together. My husband Dave’s family is from Kolkata originally and they do a lot of fish curries in that part of India. Definitely will have to try this recipe. Thanks Tandy 🙂
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    1. Please give me his opinion of my masala!

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  4. Sounds like the perfect winter warming recipe. Thanks for sharing 🙂

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    1. My pleasure Eileen 🙂

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  5. Great to make up a big batch and use as gifts.
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    1. That is a great idea, thanks 🙂

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  6. I really enjoy masala, but have never thought of having it with fish. That’s really interesting and a great idea. By the way, love your beautiful bowl. Thanks for the tip for fish masala 🙂
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    1. The bowl is meant to be used for olives but I love it for photographing spices 🙂

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  7. Wow what a detailed dream! Spice recipe sounds amazing!
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    1. Thanks Marcellina 🙂

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  8. Your flavorful fish sounds delicious. Now that dream…no thank you.
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    1. The dream was far too involved 🙂

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  9. Dreams can be very strange, but this one sounds rather nice, Tandy. Those spices look very interesting indeed.
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    1. The dream was good until the alarm went off!

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  10. We like lots of chilli so I would definitely add more :). And i leave the seeds in. So good for you too.

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    1. They are good for you indeed, but my palate cannot handle the heat 🙂

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  11. It’s perfect weather for fish curry at the moment. Nothing better than a curry when it’s cold.

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    1. For sure!

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  12. Perfect for our cold, wet and blustery day today x

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    1. Anything warming is good on days like these 🙂

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  13. Loving the masala you’ve created for this fish masala! Sounds so drool worthy.
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    1. Thank you Anu, that means a lot coming from you 🙂

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  14. I’ve never had fish in masala before, but it sounds lovely. 🙂
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    1. Thank you Krista 🙂

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  15. Isn’t it funny how you works in sounds to incorporate them into your dreams? I love dream analysis!
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    1. I try not analyse my dreams but I do try and remember them 🙂

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  16. Hi Tandy, what a wonderful way to prepare fish, love, love the spices you used. I don’t dream y often either but when I do they can be real doozies.
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    1. Isn’t that amazing!

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  17. We often make this at home too, although be tend to add lots more chilli as we are a bit crazy about chilli.
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    1. I just cannot take the heat!

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  18. All the spices in your masala look delightful! I think I have most of them. Lovely presentation. I love how spices seem to make you feel fuller and somehow help me to eat less at a meal!

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    1. that is so interesting Laura 🙂

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