This healthy fish curry recipe showcases the complex flavors of Singapore. Soak up the sauce with rice noodles or brown rice. For eco-friendly fish choices, visit

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, March/April 2016


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  • Combine water and tamarind in a small bowl.

  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add shallots, garlic, ginger and mustard seeds; cook, stirring often, until the shallots have softened, 3 to 5 minutes. Add chili powder, coriander, cumin and turmeric; cook, stirring, until fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the tamarind mixture, okra, chiles, brown sugar and salt. Bring to a simmer. Cover and cook until the okra is tender, 6 to 8 minutes.

  • Add tomatoes and stir to combine. Add fish, submerging the pieces in the liquid as much as possible. Return to a simmer. Cover and cook until the fish is opaque in the center, 3 to 5 minutes.


Sticky, sour tamarind paste, or concentrate, is made from the pulp of seedy tamarind tree pods. It's one of the main ingredients in Worcestershire sauce and a key flavor in many Southeast Asian curries as well as Pad Thai. Typically sold in a jar, it keeps indefinitely in your fridge. If you can only find the type sold in blocks, for this recipe “massage” it into the water in Step 1, then strain it before adding it to the pan.

Nutrition Facts

240 calories; protein 21.9g 44% DV; carbohydrates 20.8g 7% DV; exchange other carbs 1.5; dietary fiber 5.1g 21% DV; sugars 4.9g; fat 8.4g 13% DV; saturated fat 1.4g 7% DV; cholesterol 55.8mg 19% DV; vitamin a iu 1901.1IU 38% DV; vitamin c 25.5mg 43% DV; folate 62.8mcg 16% DV; calcium 108.4mg 11% DV; iron 2.5mg 14% DV; magnesium 77.7mg 28% DV; potassium 789.4mg 22% DV; sodium 581.2mg 23% DV; thiamin 0.2mg 20% DV; added sugar 1g.

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Rating: 1 stars
Maybe others have better luck but after following the directions the dish was very disappointing. We tried it and actually decided it was not something we would eat again. Just my opinion so take it for what it's worth. Thx. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This was delicious. It was very spicy take out the seeds of the Serrano pepper if you don't like a lot of spice. Also turns out my husband is not a huge fan of okra so I need to find a vegetable to replace the okra next time. Read More