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Assam Fish Curry

Assam fish curry recipe

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Assam Fish Curry is one of my favourite curry for many reasons. Firstly, it is not only hot but also addictively sour as well thanks to the tamarind (or better known locally as assam/asam). Secondly it is healthy with lots of vegetables (lady’s fingers, tomatoes and eggplants) and lastly, it does not contain coconut milk – hence relatively low-fat compared to other curries and keeps better in our tropical climate.

See Also: Curry Chicken Recipe

I cheated with instant fish curry paste so this curry was whipped up in under 30 minutes – faster than the time needed to cook the rice in the rice cooker. I have made curry paste from scratch before, and it IS tedious, so I am really grateful for the convenience of instant curry mixes, especially on nights when I only have less than 30 minutes to cook dinner. If you like cheater’s curry, do also check out my quick and easy curry chicken.

Assam fish curry recipe

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50 Responses to “Assam Fish Curry”

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  1. mochachocolatarita — February 29, 2012 @ 12:18 pm

    Yes! Me too! I love the asam & the tomatoes. But I will need a lot of rice…sobsss


    • wiffy replied: — February 29th, 2012 @ 12:27 pm

      I need more rice too, but then again I heard assam is slimming (who am I kidding hehe)


  2. Jennifer Boey via Facebook — February 29, 2012 @ 12:31 pm

    Thanks for this recipe:-) it is also my fave:-)


  3. Kel — February 29, 2012 @ 12:54 pm

    Nice, can’t wait to try this out. Just wanna know, if I want the dish to be a little more on the sour side, do I add more assam or lime?

    Thanks & keep your recipes coming! :)


    • wiffy replied: — February 29th, 2012 @ 1:20 pm

      add more assam for more sour :)


      • Kel replied: — February 29th, 2012 @ 8:48 pm

        Alrighty, thank u!

      • nicolesmirror replied: — December 3rd, 2012 @ 11:33 am

        will the taste be different if I use asam keping instead of tamarind?

        • wiffy replied: — December 4th, 2012 @ 2:44 am

          Hi, I’m not familiar with Assam keeping, but I think can be used.

  4. tigerfish — February 29, 2012 @ 1:14 pm

    Yes, addictively sour…is what makes me enjoy assam fish curry too! Never had assam fish curry for some time and missing it right now! :O


  5. HL Tay via Facebook — February 29, 2012 @ 1:19 pm

    Cheater recipe is gd, as long as can get good-tasting pre-mix/paste. I will try A1 next time. My cheater rcp is coming up tmr…hahaha!


  6. busygran — February 29, 2012 @ 2:11 pm

    I’ve tried this brand of instant curry paste. It’s quite nice and good for ‘lazy’ days!
    I like your rice bowl! Is that made out of coconut shell?


    • wiffy replied: — February 29th, 2012 @ 2:34 pm

      Yes I think it is. I got it from bangkok’s Chatuchuk market for about 50 baht!


  7. Claudine Tan via Facebook — February 29, 2012 @ 3:30 pm

    Another have to try recipe!! Thanks!!!


  8. Christina Teh via Facebook — February 29, 2012 @ 6:40 pm

    The pics looks soo appetitising! Yummy.


  9. Angie@Angie's Recipes — February 29, 2012 @ 8:09 pm

    Sure I need more rice for this flavourful fish curry!


  10. TasteHongKong — February 29, 2012 @ 10:28 pm

    Curry in a hurry? But I want to enjoy this slowly : ).


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