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Saturday, November 9, 2013

Abihi Riha ( Fish Curry using Goraka)

As promised in my previous post, here is the recipe I learnt from a local tv channel during the past fasting month. I am not sure how authentic it is but  the lady who made this was middle aged so hopefully I am  sure its an old Maldivian recipe.  The goraka is pound to  paste along with other spices and then used to marinate the fish. It gave a unique taste to the dish and its a pretty simple recipe.

Recipe: Abihi Riha ( Fish Curry with Goraka) recipe from Rahathafaathu as shown on TVM

300g Tuna, cut into bite size cubes ( if tuna is unavailable you can try any firm fish such as sword fish)
3-4 pieces of goraka ( abihi)
1 large onion, sliced
1/2 inch piece of ginger, sliced
2 cloves of garlic
1 tsp red chilli powder or cayenne powder
2 tsp freshly ground cumin
1/4- 1/2 scotch bonnet roughly chopped
8-10 curry leaves
3" pandan leaf cut into big pieces
1/2 cup water

1. Soak your goraka in  boiling hot water for  about 30 minutes  to 1 hour. Drain the water.

2. Place 1/2 of the sliced onions, garlic  ginger, chilli powder, cumin powder and goraka along with 1/4 cup water  with a pinch of salt into a blender or a wet grinder and grind to a fine paste.

3. Pour the ground spice blend onto the tuna pieces and mix well, set a side for 10 minutes.

4. Heat  about 3 tbsp of oil in a  pan , saute' your remaining sliced onions with curry leaves and pandan leaves  till the onions go translucent and just starts to turn golden. Add scotch bonnets and stir fry 1 minute. Add the tuna along with the marinade and 1/2 cup  of water. Stir and cook covered over a medium heat, stirring  occasionally  till fish is cooked through and spices have released its aroma, about 15 minutes.  Taste add salt to taste and switch off.

 This is  a dry  curry so best served with some crusty bread or flat breads. Enjoy!!

Note:  I did try making it with tamarind but the taste was not quite the same.


  1. What super flavors! I would love to taste the goraka!

  2. Looks really flavoursome and appetizing!

  3. Wat a flavourful fish curry, love the colour of the dish.

  4. A very delicious and flavourful fish curry.

  5. Such a delicious way to serve fish…sounds very flavorful with all the spices in it.
    Have a great week Nammi and yes, I am back :D


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