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Tuna Curry- Indian Style

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Tuna Curry. Instantly transport yourself to an Indian paradise with a plate of curry. This dish delights millions of people every day with its exotic aroma, color, and warmth. There are so many flavors and versions that it’s impossible to get bored.

A Mix of Spices 

In the West, we use the name curry to describe the mixture of spices but in India, the dish itself is called curry whether it be: chicken curry, fish curry, vegetable curry… and so on. 

Originally, the dish was not a mixture of spices at all. Curry was just made with leaves from the Kari tree (where the word curry comes from). That changed when the India Trading Company decided to commercialize it, they realized that the leaves from the curry tree lost their aroma and flavor in just a few hours, so the English decided to mix those leaves with other leaves and spices.

Combos change depending on the area and their local ingredients, although the most commonly used are: 

Indian Curry: Turmeric, ginger, paprika, cinnamon, nutmeg, coriander, cumin, pepper, cloves, cardamom, fenugreek. 

Asian Curry: Chiles, lemongrass, lime, pepper, cumin, lemon, garlic, onion, cilantro. 

The sweet touch and creamy texture come from coconut milk. And today I’ve decided to go a step further and give our curry a crunchy touch that you will love. Kale Chips are one of my favorite snacks, but they’re also a great ingredient to add to  many recipes. They are seasoned and dehydrated kale leaves that really enhance the flavor of this tuna curry. 


This spice mixture can be found in three ways: 

  • In kernels:  cumin, pepper, mustard, or coriander, are purchased in kernels, small balls that are thrown into the pan, and then, once toasted (taking care not to burn them), they can be chopped or ground. 
  • In a paste: jars of paste are commercially available with the spice mixture already prepared inside the paste. You only have to dilute the mixture with a teaspoon of broth.
  • In powder form: the different powdered spices are added when the oil is hot so that they release all their properties and flavor. This is my favoriteoption because I can totally customize the mixture to my liking and experiment with different flavors.

“Powdered spices are thrown into the hot oil so that they release their natural properties and flavor to the max.”

Curry, a medicinal blend

  • Turmeric is an antioxidant that helps improve digestion and strengthen the immune system. 
  • Black pepper helps to better absorb turmeric and enhances its properties. 
  • Ginger protects the liver and helps get rid of waste. 
  • Cloves are antiseptic.
  • Coriander is antibacterial.
  • Cardamom is a vasodilator
  • Cumin and cinnamon are good for digestion.
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Tuna Curry

Course Tags dinner, lunch, Main Course
Coisine Tags Indian
Keyword curry, indian curry, tuna curry


  • 2 tuna fillets
  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 onion
  • 1 carrot
  • 1/2 red bell pepper
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • Fresh ginger
  • Curry powder
  • Turmeric powder
  • Cumin powder
  • Salt
  • Sweet paprika
  • Pepper
  • 1/2 cup homemade tomato sauce
  • 2 cups pumpkin puree
  • 240 ml chicken broth
  • 180 ml coconut milk
  • Kale Chips 
  • Cilantro
  • 1/2 lemon (in juice)


  1. Peel and chop the onion, carrot, and bell pepper - sauté in a pan over medium heat for 5 minutes.

  2. Add the garlic and freshly grated ginger and cook for 2 more minutes.

  3. Add the spices, tomato sauce, pumpkin puree, broth, and coconut milk. Let it simmer, stirring from time to time until a sauce starts to form.

  4. Add the tuna fillets to the pan and cook for another 10 minutes.

  5. Garnish with  Kale Chips and cilantro.

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