Carom Seed Curry Inspired By Cindy

My friend Cindy sent me foodie gifts and this inspired my carom seed curry.

I have a troll, a person who reads my blog, from start to finish, and then leaves me really horrid comments. The great thing is that I am able to control who comments on my posts, and so Mr Allan Trollface, your comments will not be displayed on my blog. I find this all so childish and suspect that a fellow South African food blogger is responsible for this behaviour. I think it is probably a scare tactic to ensure people stop blogging so that their blog is the last one left standing. I am not intimidated by you, your comments, or your general meanness. However, please feel free to continue leaving your comments for me – I love to improve myself. My spelling is hopefully correct and my grammar is as I speak! Oh, and by the way, I have a degree in English – I could write like I was taught, but the reading aloud of the blog would not sound like me at all. Another thing I am not afraid of is new ingredients. And so, here is another dish using the mystery ingredients gifted to me by Cindy. The next mystery ingredient was carom!

Carom Seed Curry
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Carom Seed Curry

Recipe Category: Curry
All Rights Reserved: An original recipe from Lavender and Lime


  • 2 hake fillets cut in half
  • 2.5 mls salt
  • 1/2 lemon, juice only
  • 7.5 mls ground turmeric
  • 1.25 mls crushed chillies
  • 12.5 mls carom seeds
  • 15 mls chickpea flour

for the sauce:

  • 45 mls ghee
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 2.5 mls ground cumin
  • 2.5 mls ground turmeric
  • 2.5 mls fine salt
  • 1 cm fresh root ginger finely chopped
  • 1 green chilli split in half
  • 200 g yoghurt
  • 20 g chickpea flour
  • 175 mls vegetable stock
  • 1.25 mls garam masala
  • 1.25 mls fenugreek


  • place the fish in a large bowl
  • make a rub of the salt, lemon juice and turmeric and rub into the fish
  • set aside to marinade for 20 minutes
  • remove the fish from the marinade and set aside to dry – retain the marinade
  • mix together the crushed chillies, carom seeds and chickpea flour
  • coat the skin side of the fish with the flour
  • heat the ghee in a frying pan
  • pan fry the skin side of the fish until nice and crispy
  • remove and set aside
  • add the onion and sauté until golden brown
  • add the cumin, turmeric and salt and sauté until you can smell the spices
  • stir in the ginger and the chilli and cook for 2 minutes
  • whisk together the yoghurt and the flour and ensure there are no lumps
  • add the left over marinade to this
  • slowly add the mixture to the pan and stir constantly to ensure it does not split
  • increase the heat and bring to the boil
  • add 125mls of the stock and bring back to the boil
  • add the garam masala and the fenugreek
  • reduce the heat and simmer for 3 minutes
  • remove the chilli and add the fish
  • cook over a low heat until the fish is cooked
  • while the fish is cooking you may need to loosen the sauce with the balance of the stock


Recipe adapted from Dahi Wali Machli Curry page 48

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