East African Fish Stew

19 June 2018 By

A tasty, spicy East African Fish Stew made with a base of stewed vegetables, habanero chillies, coconut water, coconut milk and a combination of fresh sweet seafood and red capsicum.



  • 2 tbsp coconut or mustard oil
  • 2 tsp brown mustard seeds, crushed slightly
  • 2 bay leaves or 2 sprigs curry leaves
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 2 tbsp Latasha’s Kitchen Homestyle Seafood Curry Paste
  • 50 ml water
  • 1 potato, peeled, diced into small chunks
  • 3 tomatoes, diced into chunks
  • 1 carrot, diced into small chunks
  • 1 to 2 habanero chilies, deseeded − optional
  • 600 ml coconut water
  • 400 g Ayam brand coconut milk
  • 1 kg firm boneless red fish, cut into chunks
  • 2 large red capsicum, diced into small chunks
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ kg peeled prawns, deveined
  • Small bunch of coriander, chopped with the stems
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Salt to taste

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  1. In a large heavy pot like a Dutch oven, heat the oil over medium-high. Add mustard seeds and when they start to pop add the bay or curry leaves. Once fragrant add the onions and sauté until soft, but not browned, approx. 10 munites.
  2. Next add Latasha’s Kitchen Homestyle Seafood Curry Paste, 50 ml water and cook on gentle heat for 15 minutes until sauce thickens. Then add tomatoes, potato, carrot and chillies and mix well. Pour in coconut water and bring to a simmer, before sprinkling with salt. Simmer gently until the potatoes are almost tender, which takes about 20 minutes.
  3. Then add the coconut milk, red capsicum and fish, rinse coconut tin with water and mix in. Simmer gently for 10 minutes, before adding the prawns and simmering for another 5-8 minutes uncovered, until the prawns turn pink. Adjust seasoning.
  4. Turn the heat off, add lemon juice and coriander.