Jun 21, 2016

Tilapia Fish Curry with Star Anise

I am not a big fan of SeaFood but knowing the benefits of it, started cooking fish for hubby and kids. I didn't dare to go near Salmon yet, but for now settling down with Tilapia and trying several recipes with it. Today making simple Fish Curry with Tilapia infused with Star Anise flavors. I have adapted this recipe from Runnin Srilankan space, it was a big hit at our family table and since then this recipe is saved and cherished. Here is my version for you, Njoy!

Tilapia - 4 to 5 Filets
Onion - 1 medium
Tomato - 2 Cluster Tomatoes
Salt - 1 tsp
Ginger Garlic Paste - 1 tbsp
Star Anise - 3 (whole)
Mustard Seeds - 1/2 tsp
Vegetable Oil - 2 Tbsp
Coconut Milk - 1 can
Coriander Leaves - 1 Tbsp chopped ( for garnish)

Cumin powder - 1/2 tsp
Coriander Powder - 1 tsp
Red Chili Powder - 1 tsp
Salt - 1/2 tsp
Turmeric Powder - 1/2 tsp


  1. Mix all the ingredients under spices section in a small bowl. Rub this mixture all over the Tilapia filets on both sides and set in a wide plate.
  2. Take a wide non-stick pan keep it on stove on medium heat, add vegetable oil. Once the oil is hot add Star Anise and Mustard seeds. As mustard starts spluttering, add chopped onions. Saute them for 2 to 3 min. Add ginger garlic paste to the pan and mix with onions. saute for 4 to 5 min, until onions becomes translucent. 
  3. Add chopped tomato cubes to the pan and mix with onions. add salt to the pan and mix well. Close the lid and cook for 5 more minutes. 
  4. After 5 min, you will notice gravy forming, add marinated tilapia filet to the pan and cook on medium heat, flipping them gently until both sides gets cooked; ( takes only 5 min).
  5. Add 1 can of coconut milk to the pan and close the lid and let it cook for 10 min or until gravy comes together.
  6. Switch off the stove and serve Creamy and Spicy Tilapia curry with White Rice or Naan. 


  • If you don't have tomatoes handy, you can replace with 3 Tbsp of Tomato Puree. I prefer fresh tomatoes as they give slight tangy taste.
  • Tomato Puree also will give nice bright red color. 
  • My Red Chili powder is super spicy and bright red in color, that is reason behind this beautiful color. if you want more spiciness, you can increase the red chili powder quantity, after you give taste test in in final step.
  • I don't have coriander handy, so garnished with mint in mine. 

Will be back with another simple fish recipe,
Happy Cooking until then

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