Friday, December 3, 2010

ASSAMESE SOUR FISH CURRY - CURRY AIGRE DE POISSON

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A few months ago fellow foodblogger and expat (Hong Kong & London) Janet Ching from "Gourmet Traveller 88" who lives in Basel (Switzerland) kindly proposed to send me a complimentary copy of her self-produced book as an appreciation of my supporting her blog all along. It was with much excitement that I accepted her kind proposition...

A few days later the book arrived and I had a lot of pleasure going through it's pages. This little 32 pages cookbook is enjoyable and is full of delicious recipes that can be found on her blog. The vast majority of the courses presented are Asian-oriented (Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Korean and Vietnamese) and a minority of them are Western-oriented (Switzerland, Holland, Italian and French).

Picking out a main course that would be featured in an article was not an easy task as I fancied many of them. Thanksfully, as I am passionate about Asian cuisine, as I drool any time the word "curry" is pronounced and as I believe in seasonal cooking my choice was made a lot easier. Since a few dishes required summer veggies I opted for a recipe that would enable me to buy local produces and respect the environment. It is for that reason that I decided upon preparing "Assamese Sour Fish Curry". Not only did the picture of that dish attract me, but I also liked the idea of eating a spicy meal that would not be too heavy nor too fat and which would bring a little heat as well as comfort - much needed with this polar weather (snow and minus temperatures) we are having here at the moment.

"Assamese Sour Fish Curry" or "Masoor Tenga" hails from Assam in northeastern India where it is a very popular speciality (a note to the purists - of course this version is a little Westernized and different from the original LOL). This light curry is really easy to prepare, can be put together in no time at all and it tastes lipsmackingly good. It is quite peppery and hot, exhaliratingly spicy, delightfully sour and has a certain freshness thanks to the addition of lime juice. Perfectly balanced and flavored!

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~ Assamese Sour Fish Curry ~
Recipe adapted from " Discovering New Tastes And Rediscovering Long Lost Tastes" by Janet Ching.

Ingredients:

1 Tbs Coriander seeds

2 Tsp Cumin seeds
1/2 Tsp Ground tumeric
1 Tsp Black peppercorns
2cm Piece fresh ginger (10g), grated or chopped coarsely
2 Cloves garlic, grated or chopped coarsely
Sunflower oil
400g White firm fish (e.g. monk fish fillets or blue-eye cutlets), cubed
2 Medium brown onions, sliced thinly (hald moon)
1 1/2 Tsp Black mustard seeds
4 Dried or fresh curry leaves
1 Tsp Samabal oelek
1 Tsp Sweet chili sauce
180ml Water
1 Tsp Organic chicken stock powder
The juice of 2 limes
1 Tbs Fish sauce (or to taste - I added 5 Tbs)

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Method:
1. Using a small pan, dry fry the coriander seeds, cumin seeds and tumeric until fragrant, be careful not to burn them.
2. Form a paste by crushing the peppercorns, ginger and garlic with pestle and mortar.
3. Heat some oil in a large frying pan, pan-fry the fish fillet until cooked and lightly brown. Remove the fish from the pan and keep the oil.
4. Add a little more oil, stir fry the onions, mustard seeds and curry leaves until the onion becomes lightly brown and translucid.
5. Add the fried spices, keep stirring until fragrant.

6. Then, add the wet paste, the sambal oelek and the chili sauce. Stir.
7. Dissolve the chicken stock powder in the water and add into the pan, then add in the lime juice and fish sauce.
8. Bring the mixture to boil and then add the fish back into the pan. Simmer for about 5 mins or until the fish is cooked.

9. Serve.

Remarks:
The original recipe didn't contain sambal oelek or sweet chili sauce. Instead you can add 1 red chili that has been seeded, chopped and crushed to a paste in the mortar and pestle
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Serving suggest
ions:
Serve with basmati rice or jasmine rice.


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~ Curry Aigre De Poisson ~
Recette adaptée de " Discovering New Tastes And Rediscovering Long Lost Tastes" par Janet Ching.

Ingrédients:

1 CS de Graines de coriandre

2 CC de Graines de cumin

1/2 de CC de Curcuma en poudre

1 de CC de Graines de poivre noir
Un morceau de 2cm de Gingembre frais (10g), pelé et haché grossièrement
2 Gousses d'ail, hachées grossièrement
Huile de tournesol
400g de Poisson blanc à chair ferme (merlu ou beaudroie), coupé en gros cubes
2 Onions moyens, coupés fin
ement en demi-lune
1 1/2 de CC de Graines de moutarde noires
4 Feuilles de curry fraîches ou sèches
1 de CC de Samabal oelek
1 de CC de Sweet chili sauce
180ml d'Eau
1 de CC de Bouillon de poule bio en poudre
Le jus de 2 limes
1 CS de Sauce de poisson (ou selon goût- j'ai ajouté 5 CS)

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Méthode:
1. Dans une petite poêle, griller à feu doux les graines de coriandre, de cumin et le curcuma afin que les arômes se développent. Faire attention à ne pas les brûler.
2. Dans un mortier, réduire le poivre, le gingembre et l'ail en une pâte homogène.
3. Chauffer une grande poêle et ajouter un peu d'huile, puis faire griller les cubes de poisson jusqu'à ce qu'ils soient dorés de chaque côté. Retirer le poisson du feu et le transférer dans une assiette. Mettre de côté.
4. Ajouter un peu d'huile dans la poêle et faire revenir les oignons, les graines de moutarde et les feuilles de curry, jusqu'à ce que l'oignon soit translucide et légèrement doré.
5. Ajouter les épices grillées et bien mélanger jusqu'à ce qu'un parfum s'en dégage.

6. Ajouter la pâte (ail, gingembre et poivre), le sambal oelek et la sweet chili sauce. Mélanger.
7. Dissoudre le bouillon dans l'eau et l'ajouter à la poêle, puis faire de même avec le jus de lime et la sauce de poisson.
8. Porter à ébullition et ajouter le poisson, puis laisser mijoter pendant 5 minutes ou jusqu'à ce que le poisson soit cuit.

9. Servir.

Remarques:
La recette originale ne contient pas de sambal oelek ou de sweet chili sauce. Vous pouvez les remplacer pas un piment rouge qui a été au préalable nettoyé, haché et réduit en une pâte dans le mortier.

Idées de présentation:
Servir avec du riz thaï ou du riz basmati rice.

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108 comments:

  1. Ton curry de poisson me rappelle les saveurs mauriciennes que j'aime tant et dont j'ai bien profité... j'ai rapporté beaucoup d'épices pour cuisiner ce genre de plats. Bonne fin de semaine...

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  2. Yum! I am loving the color of this fish curry. I have never actually made my own before but your recipe would be my first.

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  3. Rosa this looks great! I've never heard of this type of curry and I'm a huge curry lover! I'm going to try it over the next week...lovely pictures as usual xo e

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  4. Oh my gosh, that fish curry look so mouth watering Rosa. Yummy !

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  5. Kudos to Janet. The recipe sounds delicious and mouthwatering. I haven't visited Janet for a long time being busy myself with the cookbook.

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  6. I think it is wonderful that Janet has created a cookbook. Lucky you to be one of the first to browse its pages.

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  7. Wow, love the color of the curry! n the recipe sounds so good n eay to fix. Trying this for sure!

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  8. Magnifiques tes photos ma chère Rosa!!! Je ne me tanne pas de venir faire mon tour dans ta cuisine, c'est du bonbon pour les yeux ;) Ton curry m'a l'air succulent, je mange justement un curry d'agneau ce soir :)

    Bonne journée à toi :)

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  9. Mmmm a fish curry! that sounds and looks fabulous!! gotta give it a try!
    Enjoy the cold weekend :)

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  10. I've never tried or made a fish curry but I love the story behind this recipe. It looks gorgeous, and a delicious winter dinner treat :)

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  11. I haven't had fish curry in such a long time and I love it...seing yours with its beautiful colour brings "l'eau a la bouche!" Delicious recipe..
    bisous
    Ronelle

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  12. I love supporting fellow bloggers in their cookbook making endeavours! And this sounds like such a delicious recipe, that how could you resist! Nothing like a good curry to warm the soul.

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  13. Mmm I love spicy fish dishes. What a gorgeous curry!

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  14. how wonderful to receive a special cookbook like this. The dish you made looks and sounds delicious.

    Paz

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  15. You felt a lot of pressure?! I can't imagine that-your food always looks so nice, Rosa. I mean that too. It really does and you never lack in the area of photography, etc...
    This fish curry looks fabulous. 'Gourmet Traveller 88' sounds like a great holiday gift!

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  16. Wowo wish i had this delicious curry looks so so yumm. Drooling ehre.

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  17. Ce curry de poisson est tellement beau qu'il ne peut qu'être délicieux (lol)
    Bisous et bon WE

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  18. as you know, I do have very poor knowledge of exotic food. Nevertheless, your fotos look mouthwathering. Especially when contrasted with the fotos of Geneva vineyards :-)

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  19. That looks nice Rosa. Btw, I come from Assam,and a 'masor tenga' or 'sour fish' is indeed a very popular dish, a major dish when I was growing up.

    However, I can't help being a bit of a moaner- the typical Assamese reipe is much more simpler than this; no grinding of dry spices, no chilli sauce, no sambal oelek, no stock,and definitely no fish sauce, and the dish is much, much lighter, and has a soupy consistency.

    I am sure this recipe, on it's own, must have tasted delicious too, but, sorry, it is not an 'Assamese masor tenga' at all :-)

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  20. Look really delicious! and your pfoto is great ;)

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  21. Mdr mon homme à côté de moi a deviné que j'étais sur ton blog, il a reconnu le style musical !!! Quant à moi qui suis toujours à cours d'idée concernant le poisson, je te dis un grand merci :-)

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  22. I don't know if I'd be adventurous enough to make those dishes (I'm quite the lazy chef!) but your gorgeous photography tempts me to try!

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  23. Wow this looks incredible. I love fish curry, so I will have to try this very soon!

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  24. Yum!! I've never had fish curry before but it looks wonderfully warming. It's been really cold here too, and I love hot soups, stews and curries. :-)

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  25. This sounds wonderful! I'm always looking for good curry recipes and new cookbooks!

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  26. Beautiful photography...Lovely curry.

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  27. That looks lipsmacking good! My hometown is very near to the state of Assam. makes me feel nostalgic just from the name of it.

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  28. How fun to be able to receive a delicious little cookbook from a blogging friend. This dish has some amazing flavors going on. Incredible!

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  29. The title alone intrigued me to no end. And now that I see what it is, and how good it looks, I'm happy to know that, while exotic and delicious looking, the dish is also very doable.
    Love a good curry!

    Have a great weekend dear Rosa!

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  30. That looks absolutely delicious!

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  31. LOVE to feast on your photos, Rosa.

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  32. I often cook this dish when it gets too cold too. It is not that spicy and has a lovely sourness to it that will warm your tummy. :)

    I'm glad you enjoy this dish.

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  33. Oh la la,avec toutes ces épices,je craque.
    Bisous.
    Caro

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  34. I am not a huge fan of curries but that really looks and sounds delicious. I like the addition of the sweet chilli sauce. Your photos as always are a treat fro the eyse :)

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  35. It will be difficult to find fresh curry leaves, here. But I couldn't get it out of my mind.
    Have a nice week-end

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  36. Avec un bon riz parfumé ce plat est parfait!

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  37. Quel magnifique curry. J'aime vraiment les currys. De magnifiques photos.

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  38. Tempted? I would say screaming out for it.
    Great flavours, colours.
    I had to look up for Samabal oelek, as I had no idea what that was.
    I am definitely cooking this awesome dish.
    Lovely clicks.
    Wishing you a great weekend.

    P.S. Over here is very cold too ♥

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  39. What a great-looking curry. The flavor sound delicious, and I like adding extra fish sauce too!

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  40. The sour in the title sounds intriguing -- if D were alive he'd want to try it for sure -- he loved curries. I like how this recipe has the individual spices.

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  41. What a delicious curry! It looks perfect!

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  42. I have to say Rosa, me being an indian I've never tried this dish. It looks absolutely delicious. I have to try it out.

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  43. This curry fish look really delicious Rosa! gloria

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  44. what a delicious looking curry! I have never tried some of these spices but i am very tempted now!

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  45. This looks so delicious and good!

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  46. Ce que j'aime ici ?? La musique.. les z'images..les recettes ?? Disons un TOUT XX

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  47. Oh Rosa, how are u doing!!
    I love this Assamese curry , i can totally dig in with basamati rice!!
    I think this will be excellent with prawns too!
    happy weekend!

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  48. Your Assamese sour curry looks fantastic! Even though we're not having the polar freeze that you are, I love a comforting dish with a bit of heat, but not heavy. Have a warm and wonderful weekend, Rosa!

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  49. Oh Rosa, what a lovely recipe! All those marvelous flavors, but so comforting as well.
    Wish I was your neighbor! :)

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  50. looks delicous. i love assam fish curries

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  51. Une merveille ce petit plat, un peu de soleil au coeur de l'hiver !! Bon week-end, bises

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  52. Un accord parfait entre les images et ce plat très original et parfumé... Un plaisir à voir et des parfums qui nous arrivent... Bises

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  53. Tempted indeed! This looks wonderful Rosa...I've never had curry with fish but I would love to try it!

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  54. I really love fish curry. Curries are so comforting. Love the post, thanks for sharing.

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  55. omg this looks SO good! Your food pics always make me drool Rosa...and what a tasty looking recipe!

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  56. Yes I am tempted by the colors, spices and overall beautiful presentation of your fish curry dish. I've never tried making fish this way and maybe I should, I sure wouldn't mind having this for dinner!

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  57. Hi Rosa, thanks so much for the lovely posts. The pics are awesome. Totally love it. Many thanks for your support again.

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  58. Ciao Rosa questa ricetta ha un aspetto delizioso invitante, grazie per il link non conoscevo questo altro food blog, un abbraccio

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  59. Je découvre ton blog, les photos sont magnifiques et cette recette très "asianisantes" me convient parfaitement.

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  60. Indian curry with chopsticks?? Not eaten with your bare hands?

    Your curry looks gorgeous!

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  61. love the look of the curry..perfect color n texture!

    US Masala

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  62. there is much to be said for rediscovery. :)
    great dish, rosa!

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  63. What a lovely gift and a fabulous curry that looks so rich and flavorful! I don't often see fish curries and I am so loving this one! Beautiful as usual, Rosa!

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  64. Aucune excuse, j'ai toutes ces épices à ma disposition. Les photos sont très appétissantes Rosas.

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  65. That sounds like exactly my kind of thing! I have the same reaction to the word "curry" that you do: ooh, ooh where! I want some!

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  66. Que j'aime ces plats epices! Rien de tel pour nous rechauffer ces jours-ci.

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  67. I too could devour everything curry, your friends book sounds like a gem. Thanks for sharing this with us :) xo

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  68. What a fantastic dish, I adore fish curries and this one had amazing flavors. How fun to have received a fellow foodies cookbook :)
    Looks stunning Rosa, as always :)

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  69. Waw, Rosa!! What a beautiful inspiring dish!! I love fish in hot spices!!

    Yummie & tasty good for you food in these colder winter days!

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  70. I am tempted to see that bowl of fish curry. Droollll...

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  71. I love anykind style of fish curry, the Indian, Sri Lankan, Indonesian, Thai, or Malaysian. Yummy.

    Btw, I have the same bowl as you use here.

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  72. I don't eat fish enough, and this looks like a great recipe! Beautiful photos, too, of course.

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  73. What a delicious looking recipe! I've recently been in a curry making frenzy and I just have to try this now. You have a very lovely blog :)

    - the runaway

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  74. This curry sounds excellent, such a terrific flavor profile with all the spices and ingredients, very nice!

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  75. This dish has tons of flavor! Sounds wonderful.

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  76. Rosa, this fish dish looks SO SO tasty...and sure would have with a big bowl of white rice so I will not miss any of the sauce :-)

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  77. Je découvre avec plaisir ce blog et je me régale !!!! Merci pour ces magnifiques photos !!! et ces belles recettes bien sûr !!!

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  78. Mmm!! Ces saveurs m'enchantent:)) Bon mardi Rosa;)xxx

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  79. Definitely tempted!!
    Your curry sounds so flavourful and looks soooo good! A real sunshine in this cold and grey weather.

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  80. Rosa, that dish looks amazing! I love the pictures you too. I think if I made that, my kids would eat fish!!

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  81. very tempting,rosa!i could eat a lot of this curry fish,the clicks are very beautiful!

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  82. This curry sounds fantastic! The presentation is just beautiful!

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  83. Great choice rosa, I have yet to make anything curry and the pictures always are so colorful and great. This might push me over the edge of course. Lovely cooking

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  84. I love Assam fish curry and I'm surprise you like spicy food too. Great job there :D

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  85. This dish holds an incredible amount of character.
    Rosa...the whole meal seems to suit the spiciness you seem to enjoy so much ;o)
    This would maybe be a tad too much for my sensitive tummy.
    Overall...I can see that a lot of thought went into the preparation of this recipe...kudos to the author and the cook of course ;)

    Have a great week and flavourful wishes,
    Claudia

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  86. Very interesting curry! Thanks for sharing. Beautiful takes.

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  87. bonjour,
    très jolie promenade sur ce blog, qu'elle soit gustative ou dans la nature c'est très agréable et ça donne envie de faire TOUT DE SUITE la recette
    Bravo ! à bientôt...

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  88. Ce curry m'a l'air excellent ! Je ne pense pas souvent à préparer le poisson de cette façon. Un beau et bon rappel...

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  89. ta recette m'a l'air fabuleuse !
    elle donne faim !
    j'adore tes photos
    bravo pour l'article
    bonne journée
    val

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  90. une bien jolie balade culinaire.

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  91. Waouw j'ai bien envie d'essayer !!!! Merci ! C'est savoureux à travers l'écran !!!! Bises !

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  92. I'm also passionate about Asian cuisine, though I don't make it as often as I should. Great meal!

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  93. pics are stunning and the dish looks worth trying, so yummy

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  94. Oh! Rosa..
    Fish curry is my favorite.
    Wonderful as always!

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  95. Beautiful. What a great dish!

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  96. Oh my Rosa... you have me here drooling for some fish curry!

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  97. It's obvious this is full of flavor. And it looks so tender. Nice cold weather dish!

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  98. I have learnt something Indian from your space today.This curry is divine!

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  99. I love curries and this sounds amazing! And your photos are of course gorgeous!

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  100. Il est rès appétissant ce curry de poisson, bonne journée

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