Curry sardines

Curry sardines


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About this recipe: 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.

Anthony60 Setúbal, Portugal

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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- 24 Feb 2013

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