laurie’s curried fish chowder soup recipe
Is it a soup? Is it a chowder? It’s both!
Although my holiday in Sri Lanka was 3 years ago, I think about it every day. I really miss the food, and frequently try to reproduce it. After I made this dish, my addictive curried fish chowder, I asked my husband if he was getting sick of having coconut milk and curry in virtually everything I make these days. Nope! What a silly question.
A few notes on the recipe:
- I measured the ingredients, for the most part, using the ‘eyeball it’ method. We Freehafers are people who like a full, robust, slightly eye-watering seasoning level. I tend to return to my in-process dish many times to adjust (dump more) spices.
- I may be a bit heavy-handed on the salt. It’s my favorite seasoning. Yes, I have added salt to salted potato chips.
- Some day, I’d love to be able to take food blog-quality photos of perfectly diced potatoes on a cutting board, vegetables– glossy and bubbly in a rustic wok, and the finished product artfully steaming in a clean white dish. But I don’t know how.
- Don’t be as alarmed as I was if you get a foamy, white topping on your soup as it cooks. When I saw it I immediately tried scooping it all up in ladle, but I tasted it and to my relief, found it was just coconut milk trying to escape. I poured it back in and it all became incorporated before the soup was served.
- I am extremely blessed to have freshly-ground Sri Lankan curry powder (condiment powder) for my curried fish chowder. Any not-too-old curry powder will make a slightly inferior, but still fulfilling, soup. In my totally non-Sri Lankan-centric opinion, that is.
Curried fish chowder
Makes maybe 6 servings, maybe more.
— In a large pot, cook this bunch in oil until soft:
1 medium onion-chopped
2 large cloves garlic-chopped
2 celery stalks -chopped
¾ cup carrots – chopped (these won’t get totally soft)
— Add these, and bring to a low boil/high simmer. If the bubble level gets scary, lower the heat:
2 large potatoes– diced [note: more spuds, thicker chowder.]
1 box can or jar (quart) vegetable or fish broth
1 can of coconut milk (unsweetened; lite or regular)
1 cup or more fresh or frozen corn
1½ pounds firm fish: salmon, cod, haddock, or a mix, in substantial chomp-sized chunks. [note: more fishies, thicker chowder.]
— Cook for minimum of 15 minutes. Add the following seasonings:
A healthy pile of curry powder (start with a heaping tablespoon)
A hillock of cayenne powder (start with at least ¼ teaspoon)
¾ tsp kosher salt
A spirited amount–several grinds–of black, red and/or white peppercorns.
Cook, stirring now and then (doesn’t that go without saying?), until you’re ready to enjoy.
Bon Appetit !