Sunday, May 18, 2008

Tuna Varai

This is a spin on the traditional Indian Shark / Sting-Ray / Fish varai (i haven't been able to find a literal translation of what it is - floss?). Much quicker too since the prep time is cut in half without having to pre-steam anything by just opening a can! which is always good :)

Tuna Varai
1 can tuna
1 cup grated coconut
Onions sliced
4-5 Curry leaves
2 dried chillies - cut into quarter lengths
1 teaspoon turmeric powder
3/4 tablespoon chilli powder
1/2 teaspoon Cumin
1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
Salt to taste

1. Drain liquid from tuna. Using a fork, run it through the tuna chunks to create flakes.
2. In another bowl, toss grated coconut with chilli powder and turmeric until well mixed.
3. Heat a bit of oil in frying pan and add cumin, curry leaves and mustard seeds. The spices should bubble a bit and release its aroma. Add in onions and dried chilli and saute. Remove from pan and set aside.
4. Roast grated coconut mixture until dry. Add in flaked tuna and give it a good mix. Add in spiced onions. Stir everything together well and let it dry out a bit.

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