Gambooge | Fish Tamarind
Gambooge – Also known as Garcinia gummi-gutta, Garcinia cambogia (a former scientific name), Brindleberry, Kudampuli, Pot Tamarind, Malabar Tamarind or Fish Tamarind. This fruit looks like a small green pumpkin. The ripe fruit is yellow.
Kerala Fish Curry with Gambooge – Kudampuli Meen Curry
‘Ayala porichathundu, Karimeen varuthathundu Kudampuli ittu vecha Nalla Chemmeen Curry Undu…..’
These lines from an old Malayalam song are enough to get any Keralite craving for a Mouth Watering Fish or Prawn Curry. This Kudampuli Meen Curry is made delicious with spices and the smoky, sour taste of the ‘Gambooge’ , ‘ Fish Tamarind’ or ‘Kudampuli’- translated – ‘Pot Tamarind’. This fruit, which is dried by smoking, adds a depth and aroma to Kerala fish curry that is irreplaceable. Tamarind is also used for the ‘sour factor’ in fish curry and can be replaced if you do not have this. This curry is a home style Kerala Fish Curry that always satisfies. It’s quite easy to prepare once you have peeled a bowl full of shallots – yes lots of shallots! I just had this for lunch with rice and Cabbage Thoran and was feeling particularly fulfilled and content. Everyone helped themselves to seconds and my Clay Pot – ‘Kudam’ was left empty. I was rather hoping for some to be left over to have with Puttu in the morning. Oh well! 🙂