EAST AFRICAN GRILLED FISH IN COCONUT SAUCE/SAMAKI WA KUPAKWA
'Samaki wakupaka or samaki wa kupakwa' in short is literally translated to 'fish coated (with)' or '(something) applied on the fish' which is basically grilled fish in coated with an authentic African thick coconut sauce. The fish is barbecued or grilled on a hot jiko/charcoal. The infusion of aromas in this recipe between the barbecued fish and coconut is a heavenly delight! It is a delicacy dish in East Africa.
1 large fish (the bigger the better as it becomes the center piece!)
FOR THE SAUCE:
1-2 cloves garlic (minced)
½ tsp tumeric powder
1 tsp curry powder
1 tomatoes (finely chopped) OR 1/4 can chopped tomatoes (more if you like a redder sauce)
2 tbs tomato puree
2-3 cups coconut milk (more if you like more/thinner sauce)
¼ -½ cup coconut cream
¼ tsp salt (for taste)
Pinch ground black pepper
¼ tsp chilli (optional)
¼ tsp ginger paste (optional)
Juice of 1 lime or 1 tsp Tamarind paste
PREPARATION & COOKING
PREPARE & COOK THE COCONUT SAUCE:
More information & tips
1) The more tomato/puree you add, the more coloured the sauce will be. It is a matter of personal preference.
2)For a variation, you can add some grated carrots and/or finely chopped bell pepper although, these are not traditionally added for the authentic Swahili dish.