Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Mix in spring onions, garlic, crushed chillies and turmeric. Cook and stir until the onions are tender, about 5 minutes. Pour water into frying pan, and mix in lemongrass and tamarind juice. Season with salt. Bring the mixture to a boil.
Stir snapper into boiling mixture. Cook 10 minutes, or until fish pieces are easily flaked with a fork.