Cardamom Curry with Basmati Rice

Cardamom Curry with Basmati Rice

Recipe: Cardamom Curry with Basmati Rice

Author: Carolyn Severin, Hamama Happiness Team Member

Prep Time:  30 Minutes

Cook Time:  1 hour, 40 Minutes 

Makes: 6-8 Servings

Enjoy the rich flavors of this Cardamom Curry with a side of basmati rice and meat or vegetables of your choice. I chose fish, but you could do tofu or other meats such as lamb and chicken. With a touch of microgreens on top, you will love it!


2 medium Onions (chopped finely)

12 cloves of Garlic (minced)

Dark Kale (chopped)

Cilantro (chopped)

1 Whole Snapper Fish (or any other fish fillet or protein)

¼ cup Olive Oil

2 cups Chicken Bone Broth (or water/other broth)

¾ can Crushed Tomatoes

12 Green Cardamom Pods (slightly smashed, or you can substitute with 1 Tsp of Ground Cardamom)

2 Tbsp Ground Cumin

1 ½ Tbsp Ground Black Mustard Seeds

1 Tbsp Paprika

1 ½ Tsp Turmeric

½ Tsp Cayenne (you can do a little less or none if you don’t want any heat)

1 ½ cups Coconut Milk (or Buttermilk, Yogurt, Heavy Cream)


  1. Put your oven on low broil and take your whole red snapper and place on an oiled pan. Drizzle oil on the top and add a little salt and pepper. You want to cook it for about a half hour, long enough to get cooked and then let cool. I like to do this before prepping so the fish has time to cool and peel away from the bone before adding it to the dish. I place all the meat of the fish and set it aside.
  2. Get out a large pan, I used my cast iron pot with a lid and heat your oil on medium high. Add in the onion and garlic and let cook for about 5 minutes. 
  3. Once the onions are translucent, add in the crushed tomatoes, cardamom, cumin, black mustard, paprika, turmeric and cayenne. Stir and cook for another 5 minutes. 
  4. Add in the fish next and stir in well. Add in the chicken bone broth, stir and let it come to a simmer. You will then want to cover it with a lid and let cook for 15 minutes.
  5. Add in the cream next as well as the kale and cilantro. Let cook for another 15 minutes. 
  6. During the simmering process you can add your basmati rice and let cook and set aside.
  7. Once everything is ready you can get out a plate or bowl, add in the rice, a good amount of the curry, your favorite microgreens and enjoy! :D

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