OCTOPUS COCONUT CURRY (PWEZA WA NAZI)

 
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While I was in Zanzibar, I watched as the tide went out every morning and the local women made their way to the ocean with a pot, each returning with an octopus to sell that day. Because of this, octopus is a staple in the Tanzanian archipelago. It can be cooked many different ways, but in coconut curry is probably the most popular — with good reason! This classic Zanzibari recipe is so tasty and nourishing, and also works with any fish or seafood you have on hand. The octopus needs pre-boiling in order to tenderise it. Simmering it in the curry afterwards allows it absorb the flavours.

INGREDIENTS

  • 200g boiled octopus, chopped (see below)

  • 1 tbsp chopped onion

  • 1 tbsp chopped garlic

  • 1 tbsp curry powder

  • 4 tbsp fresh tomatoes, cut into cubes

  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder

  • 250ml coconut milk

  • 2 tbsp oil

  • Salt and pepper, to taste

METHOD

  • Sauté onion and garlic in a little oil, add spices and let cook together for a short time.

  • Add tomatoes, octopus and coconut milk. Let simmer on low heat for 10-15 minutes.

  • Add salt and pepper to taste.

East by West tip: If you buy fresh whole octopus, you'll need to remove its eyes and insides, then wash it thoroughly under a running tap and slice into 1-1.5 inch pieces.  Place it in 1 litre of boiling water and boil for 20 minutes on high heat.