Coconut fish curry

Ingredients

  • 1 lime, halved
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 450g skinless hake fillets, cut into chunks
  • 400g can coconut milk
  • 1 small red chilli, shredded
  • 2 lemongrass stalks, split, then bruised with a rolling pin
  • cooked rice, to serve
  • small bunch coriander, stems finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • thumb-sized piece ginger, finely grated
  • 1 heaped tbsp medium curry powder
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp shrimp paste
  • 1 heaped tbsp light muscovado sugar
  • 220g pack frozen raw whole prawns

Method

  1. Heat the oil in a wide, lidded frying pan, then soften the onion for 5 mins. Increase the heat a little, stir in the ginger, garlic, shrimp paste, chilli and lemongrass, and cook for 2 mins. Add the curry powder and sugar, and keep stirring. When the sugar starts to melt and everything starts to clump together, add the coriander stems, coconut milk and 2 tbsp water, then bring to a simmer.
  2. Add the fish to the sauce, tuck the prawns in here and there, then squeeze over half the lime. Pop on the lid and simmer for 5 mins more or until the hake is just cooked and flaking, and the prawns are pink through. Taste for seasoning, adding a squeeze more lime to the sauce if you like. Scatter over the coriander leaves and serve with rice.

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