Tuna Fish Curry Lontong

Tuna Fish Curry Lontong

The low-fat, high-protein yellowfin tuna (‘ahi’) featured in this curry is sustainably caught using pole or hand lines that minimise bycatch and reduce overfishing, ensuring there are plenty of fish left for future generations to enjoy. So not only does it taste good, you can rest assured you've done your bit for the ocean, too.
Photography: DAVID LOFTUS
Total Time
1 Hour
4 MSC Yellowfin tuna steaks
2 tbsp of cooking oil
2 bay leaves
2 lemongrass stalks (whites only)
700ml of coconut milk
Tamarind water 
Salt (to taste)
Sugar (to taste)
For the Curry Paste
7 red Thai onions or 3 to 4 shallots (finely chopped)
3 garlic cloves (peeled)
3 pecan nuts
3 red chillies (Seeds removed, for less heat)
1 segment of turmeric or 1 tbsp of ground turmeric
½ piece of fresh ginger (peeled and coarsely grated)
1 segment of galangal
Step 1

Using a blender or pestle and mortar, puree all the curry paste ingredients until they are really smooth.

Step 2

In a large wide pan, warm the cooking oil and sauté the curry paste, along with the bay leaves and lemongrass until the spices start releasing their aroma.

Step 3

Slowly pour in the coconut milk and stir to combine.

Step 4

Next add some sugar and salt to taste and bring the curry to a boil.

Step 5

When the curry is boiling add the tuna steaks so they are submerged and cooked through and the curry sauce thickens.

Step 6

Finally add the tamarind water and stir until its evenly distributed.

Step 7

Serve in a bowl.

Recipe by Chef Ari Galih and Artati Widiarti (Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries of the Republic of Indonesia) for the MSC’s online Ocean Cookbook 2022.

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