© Marcus Nilsson
Active Time
Total Time
30 MIN
Serves : 4

Hemant Oberoi uses seafood from India's West Coast for this bouillabaisse-like rassa. A cross between a soup and a curry, the rassa is spiked with coconut milk and laden with mussels and shrimp. Steamed basmati rice or warm naan—or both—are key for sopping up the rich, thick broth.    More Indian Recipes  

How to Make It


In a medium enameled cast-iron casserole, melt the butter. Add the onion, carrot, garlic, jalapeño and ginger and cook over moderately high heat until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the curry leaves, Madras curry powder, turmeric and fenugreek and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the fish stock, coconut milk and tomato and season lightly with salt. Cook over moderately high heat, stirring occasionally, until slightly reduced, about 15 minutes. Add the mussels and shrimp and cook until the shrimp are opaque and the mussels have opened, about 3 minutes; discard any mussels that don't open. Stir in the cilantro and lemon juice and serve with steamed rice and naan.

Make Ahead

The fish soup can be refrigerated overnight. Rewarm; add the cilantro and lemon juice before serving.


Fresh curry leaves, which resemble small bay leaves and have an aromatic flavor, are available from kalustyans.com.

Suggested Pairing

Zippy, lime-scented, dry Riesling is a good match for both the rich coconut milk and the exotic spices in this dish.

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