Pilchard Curry | Hari Ghotra
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Pilchard Curry

Fish Curry from a Can

  • Heat Medium
  • Serves 4
  • Dietary Info LACTOSE-FREE
  • Prep 10 mins
  • Cook 20 mins
Pilchard Curry

Pilchards from a tin, with a few Indian spices to create a really quick, nutritious yet cheap meal - really delicious!

Hari says

This brings back so many memories of childhood for me.  We all loved this fish curry but it's only recently I realised that mum would cook this when times were hard and money was tight. It's a great dish because you don't even have to add tomatoes, they are already in the sauce. All it needs is a few choice spices to bring it to life - simple, quick, nutritious and a really cheap meal that's packed full of goodness and flavour.

  • Ingredients
  • Method
  • 2 x 425g tin of pilchard in tomato sauce
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • ½ tsp carom seeds
  • 2 cloves of garlic, sliced
  • 2 tsp ginger, grated
  • 1 chilli, chopped
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp fenugreek
  • Handful of fresh coriander, chopped
  1. Heat oil in a pan and add carom seeds. When the carom seeds start to sizzle add the sliced onion and garlic then fry until lightly brown.
  2. Reduce the heat and add ginger, chilli, turmeric, salt, fenugreek and fry until aromatic (about 5 mins). If the spices stick just add a dash of water to loosen.
  3. Open the tin of pilchards and pour in the tomato juice keeping the fish behind.
  4. Cook everything to create a thick masala paste which becomes nice and shiny.
  5. Gently place the fish into the masala and heat. Be careful not to stir as you don't want the fish to break up. If it looks a little dry, add some hot water.
  6. Remove from the heat and add garam masala and a good pinch of coriander to serve.

Nutritional information

Typical values* per Serving
Calories139
Fat (g)8.3
of which saturates (g)1.5
Carbohydrates (g)2.0
of which sugars (g)1.4
Fibre (g)0.2
Protein (g)14
Salt (mg)0.63
*Based upon calculated values, supplied by myfitnesspal.com. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated.

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Comments (8)

  • Paul Strickland

    Paul Strickland

    01 November 2016 at 14:58 |
    Tesco says Carom seeds are also know as Ajwain Seeds, you can order from their website

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    • Hari Ghotra

      Hari Ghotra

      02 November 2016 at 08:31 |
      Hi Paul yes they are the same so get hold of some but only use them sparingly as they are very strong. Thanks for your comment Hari

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  • Dusty

    Dusty

    01 September 2016 at 17:58 |
    I make pilchard curry regularly frying red onion with fenugreek seeds ,black cumin seeds,cinamon bark and one green cardomon pod .one chopped chilli till soft then adding a couple choped tomatoes before spices and garlick ginger paste and the tomatoe juice of the pichards ..just a quick summary of my own recipie for tinned fish..

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    • Hari Ghotra

      Hari Ghotra

      02 September 2016 at 12:38 |
      Hi Dusty Yay another Pilchard curry fan - we are in the minority! Thanks for sharing your recipe too sounds really good - I will have to try it. Thanks so much Hari

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  • Michael

    Michael

    01 December 2015 at 19:40 |
    Hi Hari, thank you very much for that kind offer but I've managed to buy some Ajwain Seeds from my local Asian supermarket, I'm really looking forward to trying the recipe out. Thanks again.

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    • Hari Ghotra

      Hari Ghotra

      02 December 2015 at 08:21 |
      Hi Michael Great let me know what you think - be really careful with the carom they are very powerful seeds.

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  • Michael

    Michael

    30 November 2015 at 20:22 |
    Hi Hari, I'm struggling to find Carom Seeds is there an alternative I can use in this recipe?

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    • Hari Ghotra

      Hari Ghotra

      01 December 2015 at 08:22 |
      Hi Michael There isn't really, the plant is also known as Bishops weed, it has a similar taste to thyme but you really need the seeds. Direct message me your address and I will get some out to you. Thanks Hari

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