Indonesian Fish Curry (Ikan Pesmol)

Indonesian Fish Curry (Ikan Pesmol)


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This is a very tasty Indonesian fish dish called ikan pesmol. You can find candlenuts and turmeric root at Asian shops.


Serves: 4 

  • 5 fillets mackerel, cut into large chunks
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons tumeric powder
  • 4 candlenuts, chopped finely
  • 4 onions, minced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1cm turmeric root, minced
  • 1cm ginger, minced
  • 2 red chilli or bird's eye chilli (julienned)
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 3 tablespoons coconut cream
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 cup water

Preparation:10min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Ready in:25min 

  1. Season the fish with vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon salt and turmeric powder and fry in oil in a frypan until golden brown. Set fish aside in a bowl and keep warm.
  2. Mix the candlenuts, onions, garlic, turmeric root and ginger and saute in a little oil on low heat until fragrant.
  3. Add in the remaining ingredients and season according to taste then saute for another 5 minutes. Pour over fish and serve hot with rice and chilli sauce.

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