Balaya Fish Curry

Preparation info
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    • Difficulty


Appears in
Hidden Kitchens of Sri Lanka

By Bree Hutchins

Published 2013

  • About

Watching a tough-looking inmate in a torn, dirty singlet hack at a huge balaya fish (skipjack tuna) with a machete wasn’t exactly appetising, but this is a delicious recipe and I’m glad I tried it. It has a slight tanginess from the goroka, a sour dried fruit, and a decent kick from the chilli.


  • 4 pieces of goroka*
  • 80 ml ( fl oz/ c


Soak the goroka in the boiled water for 30 minutes, then strain, reserving the soaking water. Remove the seeds from the goroka and discard them, then roughly chop. Using a mortar and pestle, pound the goroka into a paste, gradually adding a little of the reserved water. Wash the fish and cut into 3 cm (11/4