History of Indian cuisine dates back to nearly 5,000-years ago when various groups and cultures interacted with India that led to a diversity of flavours and regional cuisines.
Indian cuisine comprises of a number of regional cuisines. The diversity in soil type, climate, culture, ethnic group and occupations, these cuisines differ from each other mainly due to the use of locally available spices, herbs, vegetables and fruits. Indian food is also influenced by religious and cultural choices and traditions.
Foreign invasions, trade relations and colonialism had introduced certain foods to the country like potato, chillies and breadfruit.
Marinate fish in a mixture of lemon juice and salt half a teaspoon of turmeric powder for about fifteen minutes. Heat two tablespoons of oil in a pan and shallow fry till half done.
Drain and set aside. Soak one cup of scraped coconut in one cup of warm water for three to four minutes. Grind and squeeze to extract milk.
Heat oil in another pan. Add onion and sauté till soft. Add half the remaining turmeric powder, half the red chilli powder, two tablespoons of scraped coconut and salt and sauté for two to three minutes.
Add two cups of water and let the curry simmer. Add a little more oil to the oil in which the fish pieces were fried. Add mustard seeds, green chillies, coriander powder, remaining red chillli powder, curry leaves, remaining turmeric powder, raw mango sli
Strain the onion curry into this tempering, pressing well to extract all the flavours. Add the fried fish. Mix the rice flour with quarter cup of water to make a smooth paste and add it to the curry.
Cook stirring continuously till the curry thickens. Add coconut milk and stir. Add a little tamarind pulp and let the gravy come to a boil. Switch off the heat and garnish with coriander leaves.
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