Mtuzi wa samaki, or fish curry, is an aromatic dish said to have originated from the island of Zanzibar off the coast of Tanzania, East Africa. This petite, exotic, tropical isle is woven with many Indian and Arabic influences that are infused in the island’s native cuisine. And because Tanzania sits right at the crossroads of the historical spice trade routes, the seasoning used in this curry has become a staple for a variety of flavorful dishes consumed throughout the world.
Fish coconut curry is a hugely popular recipe that’s widely enjoyed up and down the entire coast of East Africa. In the USA, fish coconut stew is a traditional curry enjoyed by many families during the festive season celebration of Kwanzaa. This year, take this soothing, enjoyably chunky soup to the next level with the addition of the energizing Red Headed Stranger.
When choosing what strain to cook this classic recipe with, you can’t go past the sweet, candied, Key-lime Haze flavor profiles of the indica-dominant Red Headed Stranger. This strain not only pairs perfectly with the spice-heavy ingredients of this maritime curry, but also packs a medicinal punch that will leave you wanting to have the strain on hand at all times.
The citrus notes of this curry pop even more when mingled with the lemon terpenes of Red Headed Stranger, while the coconut milk and curry spices become brightened on the palate. After the medicine begins to take hold, you will feel your body ascend rapidly yet comfortably into a euphoric social state that is highly relaxing yet highly functional. Muscle pain melts away while your body begins to ease into a very contented frame of mind. Depression and anxiety of any kind will dissolve, easing the consciousness while also stimulating a laidback state of introspective creativity worth sharing with loved ones during the holidays.
Ingredients You Will Need:
- 1 ½ pounds of cod
- 1 sweet onion, finely chopped
- 1 red bell pepper, sliced thinly
- 1 green bell pepper, sliced thinly
- 1 bay leaf
- 5 cloves of minced garlic
- 2 cups of full-fat coconut milk
- 1 cup of stewed tomatoes
- 4 tablespoons Red Headed Stranger coconut oil
- 2 tablespoons garam masala
- 1 tablespoon curry powder
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch mixed with 2 tablespoons water
- 2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
- Zest of 1 lemon
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Green and red chili peppers for garnish
Step 1: In a large stock pot, add the Red Headed Stranger coconut oil to the pan over medium high heat. Sweat the onions and garlic until translucent in the coconut oil. Add the sliced bell peppers and continue to cook this mixture for 5 minutes.
Step 2: Salt and pepper the fish fillets and then transfer to stock pot. Sear each side of the fish fillets, taking care not to turn them too early. about 3 minutes per side. Remove the cod and set aside.
Step 3: Sprinkle the garam masala and curry powder over the onion and bell pepper mix. Let the spices become fragrant, then add the cornstarch slurry, tomatoes, lemon juice and full-fat coconut milk.
Step 4: Bring to a boil for 5 minutes, then reduce to a simmer on the lowest setting. Cook for 25 minutes, or until the curry has reduced and thickened.
Step 5: Add the fish back to the stock pot and cook another 8–10 minutes, or until the fish has been thoroughly cooked.
Step 6: Serve over rice, boiled yucca or boiled potatoes, or alone in a soup dish. Garnish with red and green chili peppers for color.
Yield: 8 Servings
Dosage: Make your cannabis coconut oil with 2 grams of Red Headed Stranger per 1/4 cup. The strain should test around 26 percent of THC. This will yield a dosage of 65 mg per serving.
Alternative Strain Suggestion
Strains that possesses citrus-fruit terpenes and flavonoids will pair perfectly with this Kwanzaa curry. The following are ideal if you don’t have access to Red Headed Stranger:
- Lime Green Skunk: Tropical and tasting of citrus, the terpenes of limonene and pinene will energize you.
- Lime Haze: As the name suggests, tastes and smells of lime. Also great for combatting depression.
- Lemon Lime Kush: A happy hybrid whose spicy flavor will help you feel elevated.
- Key Lime Pie: Indica dominant with a sweet flavor, that headache will be a thing of the past as you socialize and fraternize.
- Chernobyl: Just like the nuclear disaster from which it takes its name, the effects of this strain will be long-lasting, but all good and euphoric.
If you can’t find these strains, don’t panic, just follow your nose and taste buds to find strains that will complement the fishy dish. When choosing another strain, keep in mind that the THC percentage will be different, therefore dose accordingly.