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Malawian Chambo (Fried Fish in Gravy)

Course Main Dish
Cuisine Malawian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4
Author International Cuisine


  • 4 Tilapia fillets
  • lemon juice
  • flour
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons Malawi curry spice blend See recipe at internationalcuisine.com
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 carrot chopped
  • 1 green pepper chopped
  • 1/4 cup fruit chutney see recipe at Internationalcuisine.com


  • Clean, salt and sprinkle fillets with lemon juice
  • Roll in flour
  • Heat about 4 tablespoons of oil in a large frying pan and fry the fillets about 4 minutes per side and remove the fillets.
  • In the pan add the chopped onion and fry until translucent (about 5 minutes)
  • Mix in 2 Tablespoons of the Malawi curry spice blend and fry with the onions for about 2 minutes
  • Add the rest of the curry spice blend along with 1 1/2 cups of water stirring so all the spice blend is nicely incorporated into the water.
  • Add in the chopped carrots and green pepper and turn heat to a simmer.
  • simmer until the vegetables are soft about 10 minutes
  • Add in the fruit chutney and stir
  • Place the fillets into the saucepan and make sure they are covered by the gravy.
  • Close the lid and let the fish rest in the sauce for a few minutes.
  • Plate with lots of the sauce
  • Serve with nsima (cornmeal porridge) or rice.
  • Enjoy!