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2a5c0620 5649 455a 9590 53affdae98f9  2016 05 26 18 02 48

Salmon fillets baked in curry sauce, a new family favorite, using a true work horse, “fresh from my freezer” - Mallika Basu's tomato curry sauce, which you can find on Food52. I have been making double batches of that basic sauce, freezing 1 and 2 cup containers; I seem to find a use for at least one container per week.

For this, I reverse engineered the tamarind fish recipe that Basu posted on Food52. Start by soaking about a tablespoon of tamarind paste in about 1/2 cup of water. Let it soak while you fry 15 - 20 curry leaves in oil in a heavy pot. Add 2 cups of tomato curry sauce and the tamarind and liquid after pushing the pulp through a strainer. Stir well, and add about 3/4 cup of full-fat coconut milk. Test for salt and correct. Stir to blend and simmer for about 5 minutes. I usually make this one or two days ahead of time, simply because it's easier.

To make the salmon entree, remove the sauce from the refrigerator and gently heat in the microwave for about two minutes, just to cut the chill. Heat oven to 400°. Cut a thick salmon fillet into serving size pieces; put in a baking dish, cover with sauce, and then cover the baking dish with foil. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the salmon's internal temperature reaches 130°F. Let rest for at least five minutes to allow the fish to finish cooking. Grind on black pepper before serving. ;o)

We serve this with basmati rice and saag. (Second cheat code: always have cooked rice on hand, in the freezer or the fridge. I usually make a double batch of rice while making some other dinner, as it is so hands off. Once it cools, after the kitchen is mostly cleaned up, I put it into 1 and 2 cup containers for the freezer, or fridge if I plan to use it within a few days.)

I usually have a bit more of this tamarind sauce than I need, so I save it as a key starting point for lunch within a few days, or I freeze it. (I suppose that’s a third cheat code. Last time, I simmered pieces of cod in the sauce for about 5 minutes for another meal.)

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P.S. I did not use any of the app's filters for the photo above.