While visiting Fiji, my friends and I stayed at Rydges Hideaway Resort, and during one of the days there was a cooking lesson. Here, we learned how to make Fiji’s Indian style curry, the same one that was served at the hotel’s restaurant. We watched the lesson, ate samples, and took a copy of the recipe home. I left vowing to one day make the dish.
Of course, I didn’t ever make it, as I had previously vowed to never cook again, but recently I found the recipe in one of my drawers. It just happened to find me in time to buy the ingredients, try it out, and share it with you for Transport Your Tastebuds.
In the summer of 2010, I had the opportunity to visit the beautiful island of Fiji. To my surprise, much of the food was Indian-based, as many Indians have immigrated to the island over the years. I was surprised, however, extremely happy, as Indian food is my favorite.
Meal: Indian style curry
Curry is a popular dish in Fiji, and I ate it a lot while visiting. Our hotel even had a curry of the day, which is why when they had a demonstration of how to make the dish, the girls and I knew we wanted to learn their recipe.
1 pound of chicken, beef, pork, lamb, or fish
1 sprig of fresh curry leaves (five to ten leaves)
3 tablespoons of chopped garlic
1 tablespoon of chopped ginger
2 tablespoons of chopped tomatoes
1 tablespoon of cumin seeds
2 teaspoons of fenugreek
2 tablespoons masala
1 tablespoon of tumeric
1 tablespoon of fresh chilli
4 teaspoons of cooking oil
1 tablespoon of water
Touch of lemon juice
Salt and pepper to taste
Fresh chopped coriander
1. Cut meat into cubes.
2. Heat oil in cooking pot.
3. Add onion, curry leaves, cumin seed, and fenugreek, sautee until light brown.
4. Add garlic, ginger, tomatos, chilli, masala, and tumeric.
5. Cook for two minutes on medium heat.
6. Add meat and cook for three minutes.
7. Add water and cook for five to ten minutes
8. Season with salt and lemon juice
9. Turn off heat and add coriander leaves
Side Dish: Serve with rice or roti.
Drink: Fiji Gold. I’ve been looking forever, and they don’t sell this anywhere near New York. If you can find it, go for it. Otherwise, fruit juice, water, or your favorite tropical drink to put you in the island spirit.
Cooking Soundtrack: You can find traditional Fijian music on YouTube, or Indian if you feel that goes better. However, the song that reminds me most of Fiji is Sean Kingston’s Why You Wanna Go, as our Fijian friends played it for us on our last night there.