Ghalieh Mahi - Tamarind & Herb Fish Stew

Ghalieh Mahi - Tamarind & Herb Fish Stew

Ghalieh Mahi is a beautiful and aromatic Southern Iranian fish dish. The consistency of this stew is much more thicker which I find very pleasing as it brings out the flavour of the coriander and fenugreek together with the uniqueness of the tamarind.

Definitely to be enjoyed with rice as it complements the intense flavours. I can't wait to make this again.


Fish 650g

onion 230g

coriander 175g

fenugreek 10g

garlic 1 bulb

tamarind 10g

salt 1tsp

black pepper 1/2 tsp

turmeric 1tsp

For the garnish

2 to 3 tbsp barberries (fried)


Step 1

  • Fry the onions until golden brown

  • Add 1 tsp turmeric and stir for 30 seconds

  • Add the crushed garlic and fry quickly for another 30 seconds

  • Add the salt and pepper

Step 2

  • Add the fish, any white flesh fish with not too many bones, you can either add a whole fish or cut in large pieces

  • Make sure you choose a fish with not too many bones

  • Allow to fry slightly on both sides

  • Remove the fish and set aside

Step 3

  • Add the chopped coriander and fenugreek to the fried onions

  • Fry for a few minutes

  • Add the tamarind and stir in

  • Add 1 1/2 cups of water and stir

  • Add the fish and cover for 30 minutes on a low to medium heat

Step 4

For the garnish fry your barberries with a tablespoon of oil for 2 minutes and sprinkle over the fish and your rice.

Enjoy this delightful southern Iranian dish with saffron rice.

Ghalieh Mahi - Tamarind & Herb Fish Stew

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