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Sear Fish Mustard Curry

Feb/05/2023 / by Bindu Gopal Rao

A Sri Lankan dish to properly celebrate that country’s independence day

Sear fish mustard curry
Sear fish mustard curry

After a rather difficult 2022, things are looking up for the island country of Sri Lanka. Perhaps this independence day is more important for the country than ever before. A national holiday, this day sees flag-hoistings and a televised speech by the president. A parade usually celebrates the might of the armed forces. Apart from celebrating the country’s culture, a 21-gun salute occurs at Colombo’s lighthouse.

Food completes the celebrations. A typical Sri Lankan meal consists of rice, meat, pickle, and a vegetable curry. Being on the coast, fish is an important part of the cuisine. Hence, fish curry is a staple. So we present a recipe of fish that will add zing to your festivities.

Wijendra Badra Kumara, executive chef, Sundara by Mosvold, shares a recipe


  • 1 lb sear fish
  • 1 tbsp chopped garlic
  • 2 ½ tbsp chopped onions
  • 1 oz chopped tomatoes
  • 1 ¼ tsp green chilli
  • Curry leaves
  • ¾ tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 ¼ tsp chilli powder
  • 1 ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 ¼ tsp gamboge
  • Coconut milk one cup
  • 1 ¼ tsp mustard
  • Oil as required
  • Salt to taste


  1. Heat three tablespoons of oil in a pot. For better taste, use a clay pot.
  2. Add chopped garlic and onions, curry leaves, let them fry for a minute or two and add the chopped tomatoes.
  3. Add the curry powder, turmeric powder, green chilli, black pepper, coconut milk, gamboge, and mustard. Cook for a few minutes. Add the sear fish and add salt as per your taste.
  4. Cover the pot and slow cook for another 10 to 15 minutes.
  5. Pair this sear fish mustard curry with a bowl of rice and a side of vegetables for a delicious Sri Lankan meal.

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