On travels far into the night, past oceans shimmering and waves spilling, we landed in Cochin, a glorious place. I was blown away by her bustling roads, racing rickshaws, constant humming crowds, intense smells and total brightness. Welcome India, on the other side of the world, it felt like another world. London a distant past. The musty odours whispering were a quiet reminder of the rainy season, just passed. I love Kerala, located on the South Western coast of India, AKA Gods own Country, it’s a spice dreamers dream come true, and I was totally spellbound.
The Keralan Fish curry recipe I’d like to share is an adaption from several recipes I’ve tried and tested. I’ve come up with a beautiful rendition, that will keep you feeling fresh and light, its delightful. The sunshine colour comes from the turmeric, which has a peppery and bitter taste, its musky sweet ginger fragrance filters through the air in Kerala, all places have a scent, and when I smell turmeric I’m back in Kerela. Almost magical for its potent goodness, for centuries the Chinese and Indians have been using turmeric for medicinal purposes, it’s an anti-inflammatory and helps with menstrual problems, so great news for ladies. Toothache, wind, bruises, chest pain all are helped by this wonder spice. Anyone who suffers from stiff joints, must tuck into turmeric, it will bring relief and improves liver function. Don’t be put off by the number of ingredients, spices are the jewels in the crown and once you discover flavours you like you’ll be sprinkling them on top of scrambled eggs and other delights. So bring on the Keralan curry, I like to eat it with wholewheat noodles, they mop up the coconut sauce nicely, though brown rice is lovely too. Wash it down with some chilled coconut water to boot. The booty’s in the curry, a true turmeric treasure.