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Angela’s Goan Salmon Curry

Angela Malik


Serves: 4

Prep time: 5 mins

Cook time: 20 mins


4 salmon fillets with skin on

85ml water

½ teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon tamarind concentrate

200g chopped onions

1 tablespoon ginger paste

1 tablespoon garlic paste

½ teaspoon mustard seeds

165ml coconut milk

1 deseeded red chilli

½ teaspoon turmeric

10 curry leaves

1 teaspoon ground coriander

¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

½ teaspoon salt

150g frozen peas

75-150g green beans, blanched for 2-3 mins in boiling water

Veg Portions / Serving: 1


Recipe donated by Angela Malik for Veg Power.

This Goan salmon curry is one of my most-watched recipes on YouTube with over 60,000 views. I have taught it in hundreds of classes and made it many times for family and friends. Very simple, healthy and delicious. You can easily replace the fish for paneer for a delicious veggie option.


Dissolve the tamarind paste in hot water.  Add the salt and let the salmon soak while you prepare the sauce.

Heat the oil in a wok or frying pan and drop in the mustard seeds. You will hear them starting to pop.

Add the onions and fry until brown. Add the ginger and garlic and fry for 2 minutes. 

Add the turmeric, curry leaves, chillies, coriander and cinnamon and stir over a medium heat for 1 – 2 minutes.  Add the coconut milk and gently heat through.

Add the marinated salmon, peas and green beans, and all of the tamarind water.

Bring just to the boil, then lower the heat and simmer for 8 – 10 minutes until the salmon is cooked.

Engaging Kids

Engaging Kids

Kids who engage regularly with veg through veg-themed activities, such as arts and crafts, sensory experiences, growing and cooking are shown to be more likely to eat the veg they engage with. Encouraging kids to engage and play with veg is the handy first step to them developing a good relationship with veg and life-long healthy eating.

Kids in the kitchen

Kids in the kitchen

There are so many different smells and sounds in this recipe to get kids excited about food. Get them to measure all the spices — a great way to introduce them to the difference between a tablespoon and a teaspoon and why it’s important to use the right amounts. And make it their job to listen out for the mustard seeds popping.



While getting kids to interact with veggies for real and using their senses to explore them is best, encouraging hands off activities like arts & crafts, puzzles & games or at-home science experiments can be a great start, particularly for those who are fussier eaters or struggle with anything too sensory. Use these veg-themed activities as a stepping stone to interacting with the veg themselves. We have loads of crafty downloads here, puzzles here, and quirky science with veg here.



Once you feel your child is ready to engage a little more, you can show them how to explore the veg you have on hand with their senses, coming up with playful silly descriptions of how a veg smells, feels, looks, sounds and perhaps even tastes. Find ideas, videos and some simple sensory education session ideas to get you started here.



The moments before food is offered can be a perfect opportunity for engagement that can help make it more likely a child will eat it! Giving children a sense of ownership in the meal can make a big difference to their feelings going into it and the pride they take in it. You know your child best, but if you aren’t sure where to start, we have some fun and simple ideas for easy roles you can give them in the serving process over here.

Angela Malik

Angela Malik is an expert in Asian food, and teacher at the the prestigious Leith’s School. She has developed her own range of ingredients and launched a multi-site Asian deli and cook school.

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