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    Saudi Fish Curry (Samak Quwarmah)

    Total Time:

    Prep Time:

    Cook Time:

    55 mins

    15 mins

    40 mins

    UmmBinat's Note:

    This is good especially with Bahraini Sweet Rice (Muhammar) or Rice With Onion (Mashkoul). Originally from, The Complete Middle East Cookbook by Tess Mallos, Gulf States section.

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    Ingredients:

    Serves: 6

    Yield:

    Units: US | Metric

    Directions:

    1. 1
      Wipe fish dry with paper towels, cut into serving pieces and sprinkle lightly with salt. Cover and leave aside in a cool place.
    2. 2
      Heat ghee (oil or butter) in a heavy pan, add onion and fry gently until transparent. Add ginger if using, garlic, chili, baharat, turmeric and cinnamon bark and stir over heat for 2 minutes.
    3. 3
      Add tomato, pierced loomi, and water. Add salt to taste and bring to a slow simmer. Cover and simmer gently for 15 minutes.
    4. 4
      Place fish pieces in sauce, cover and simmer gently for 15-20 minutes until fish is cooked through. (I use a cast iron pan and take it off the heat at 15 minutes).
    5. 5
      Lift fish onto prepared Bahraini Sweet Rice (Muhammar) or Rice With Onion (Mashkoul). Remove loomi and cinnamon bark from sauce and spoon sauce over fish.
    6. 6
      Enjoy!

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on April 14, 2012

      this is my favorite recipe because it is simple, fast, delicious, reliable - i've been making it for years. the loomi are astounding, hopefully you can get them, otherwise perhaps cooking with a couple whole wedges of unpeeled lime? other than that i do the recipe differently but it is very accommodating ... i did mix up a baharat but i'm sure different variations work wonderfully, even a "curry" powder - i always use a big can of stewed tomatoes coarsley chopped, which is more than the recipe calls for, but it doesn't do any harm and it gives the fish something to cook in. i cook the sauce longer before and the fish for less time (you can even take first out a drop on the early side b/c it continues to cook in the sauce). i add some cilantro for color. but really great, and from a phenom cookbook, thanks!

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    • on December 14, 2010

      55

      My whole family including the children enjoyed this dish.
      It was wonderful and it`s whats encouraged me to join food.com so I can access all your recipes.
      We shall be trying more middle east and gulf state cooking.
      A good alterative for Christmas fare.

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    Nutritional Facts for Saudi Fish Curry (Samak Quwarmah)

    Serving Size: 1 (127 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 6

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 61.1
     
    Calories from Fat 39
    64%
    Total Fat 4.3 g
    6%
    Saturated Fat 2.6 g
    13%
    Cholesterol 10.9 mg
    3%
    Sodium 4.1 mg
    0%
    Total Carbohydrate 5.3 g
    1%
    Dietary Fiber 1.1 g
    4%
    Sugars 2.4 g
    9%
    Protein 0.8 g
    1%

    The following items or measurements are not included:

    fish steaks

    mixed spice

    cinnamon bark

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