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Curries were very popular in the British diet during the period. Although inspired by the East Indies, this dish was invented in Great Britain. An ingredient in this recipe which makes it uniquely American is the catfish. Perhaps not holding the status of sturgeon or rockfish, catfish was showing acceptance by the second half of the 18th century.
Take the white channel catfish, cut off their heads, skins and clean them, cut them in pieces four inches long, put as many as will be sufficient for a dish into a stew pan with a quart of water, two onions, and chopped parsley; let them stew gently till the water is reduced to half a pint, take the fish out and lay them on a dish, cover them to keep them hot, rub a spoonful of butter into one of flour, add a large tea-spoonful of curry powder, thicken the gravy with it, and pour it over the fish; be careful to have the gravy smooth.