There is something very magical about French Cuisine.
I still remember the smells and taste of French fare, sitting on the cobblestone streets of Montmartre soaking in the beautiful views and sounds of Place du Tertre enjoying a delicious boeuf bourgignon with a glass of vin rouge. Or sipping on a café au lait with a delicious sweet treat just outside Cafe du Flore people-watching. The French are very passionate people. About everything, especially their food. Everywhere you walked, you would come across a restaurant or café.


I recently watched The Hundred-Foot Journey — based on a novel, and brought to the screen by the relentlessly uplifting Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey — a story of an Indian extended family that, after some detours, decides to settle (improbably) in a tiny French village and open a restaurant.
The space they pick is 100 feet across the road from a Michelin-starred temple to French food, whose starchy proprietor is convinced that the opposite of “classic cuisine” is the undoubtedly classless curries being served within nose-wrinkling distance.


Cultures clashing, forbidden love food. Lots & lots of food. Just my kind of movie! Especially fusing both French and Indian cuisine — two types of food that I love most!

This inspired me to whip up one of my favourite french dishes, Seafood Bouillabaisse and mix in a little India with Patak`s Tikka Masala ready-made sauce.

If you love seafood, this delicious and tasty soup infused with Indian spices, lemon and coriander and brimming with a mixture of gems from the sea will have you dreaming of a trip to France, or India! 🙂
This dish isn’t complete without olive oil drizzled french bread.
Bon Appétit!


Indian-Style Seafood Bouillabaisse
Serves 4
A hearty and comforting seafood soup with an Indian twist.
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
50 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
50 min
  1. 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  2. 1 leek, sliced into 1/2-inch half-moons, about 2 cups
  3. 2 stalks celery, sliced thin, 1 cup
  4. 1/2 lb large king shrimp, peeled and deveined
  5. 1/2 lb scallops
  6. 1/2 lb of PEI Mussels, scrubbed
  7. 1/2 lb of white fish of your choice, cut into pieces
  8. 1 packet of Patak's Tikka Masala Sauce for two
  9. 1 8 oz bottle clam juice
  10. 1 cup of water
  11. 1 tsp of paprika
  12. 1 tsp of cajun seasoning
  13. salt and pepper to taste
  14. 2 tablespoons chopped, fresh cilantro (optional)
  1. In a medium-sized soup pot or Dutch oven, heat the vegetable oil over medium heat. Add the leeks and celery and sauté until slightly softened, about 4 minutes.
  2. At medium heat add the shrimp, scallops and white fish. Saute, stirring constantly, until shrimp just start to turn pink. Add the Tikka Masala sauce, clam juice and water (the soup must overtake the seafood by a little. If there's more seafood than broth, add more water).
  3. Cook, stirring occasionally, and then add mussels. Add paprika, cajun seasoning and salt and pepper to your taste.Cover and let cook. Check on it occasionally and stir slowly. (White fish may break a part a little).
  4. Ladle into soup bowls and garnish with fresh cilantro.
  1. To make the bread for dipping, cut up a baguette and drizzle olive oil on top. Put inside an oven and grill on low for 5 minutes or until it gets slightly brown on top.

Disclosure:I am part of the Patak’s Canada Ambassador program with Mom Central Canada and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.

21 Comments on Recipe: Indian-Style Seafood Bouillabaisse

  1. yummy looks delish … my Hubby would love this he loves Mussels and Scallops , yum ….will have to try and attempt this for him thanks for sharing 🙂

  2. my daughters fav thing to order but this 1 packet of Patak’s Tikka Masala Sauce for two sounds yummy can you get it in grocery stores?

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