Curry sardines

    30 min

    A friend from Goa once told me about his grandmother making "curry sardines", possibly as a way to retain her Indian-Portuguese feeling while living in Mozambique. I decided to give it a go and it tastes great, is quite inexpensive and exotic enough - well, it sure is weird for the guys here in Portugal.


    Setúbal, Portugal
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    Serves: 4 

    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 1 onion, chopped
    • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
    • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
    • 1 tablespoon garam masala
    • 3 teaspoons curry powder
    • 2 red chillies, seeded and chopped
    • 175ml coconut milk
    • 1 courgette, cut into half moons
    • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
    • 3 tins sardines in olive oil, drained

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Ready in:30min 

    1. Stir-fry the onion, garlic, ginger and garam masala in the oil until tender.
    2. Add the curry powder, chillies and coconut milk. Simmer for 4 minutes.
    3. Add the courgette and coriander. Allow to simmer for 3 more minutes and remove from heat.
    4. Add the sardines to the curry and stir gently. Wait for 2 minutes and take it back to very low heat for another minute.
    5. Serve with white rice.


    Traditionally, garam masala was prepared at home; a friend's wife once taught me how and that's what I've been making ever since.

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