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  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 8 shallots, chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 6 cups water
  • 6 stalks lemon grass, ground
  • 1/4 cup tamarind juice
  • salt to taste
  • 2 pounds red snapper fillets, cut into 1 inch pieces


Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Mix in shallots, garlic, crushed red pepper, and turmeric. Cook and stir until shallots are tender, about 5 minutes. Pour water into skillet, and mix in lemon grass and tamarind juice. Season with salt. Bring the mixture to a boil.

Stir snapper into boiling mixture. Cook 10 minutes, or until fish pieces are easily flaked with a fork.