It is a wonderful and sunny day today. It is a day that works very well with a stew…a fish stew. So in today’s menu there will be a light, spicy and easy recipe folllowed from “Cooking for Two”, 1996 by Richard Olney and Simon Wheeler. In a few minutes it is ready. If you cook a side dish, a little longer but not too long. 🙂
Spicy Stew Fish
- 2 (about 650 g) firm white thick fish cutlets or fillets
- 1 tbsp turmeric
- 2 tbsp oil (cold-pressed suitable for cooking, preferable)
- 1/2 onion, chopped
- 1/4 tsp chilli powder
- 1/4 tsp ground coriander
- 1/4 tsp ground cumin
- 1/4 tso garam masala
- 410 g can tomatoes
- 1/3 cup tomato puree
- 2 tbsp sour cream
- 1 tbsp chopped fresh coriander
- Cut fish into 3 cm cubes; toss fish in turmeric. Heat oil in pan, add fish; cook until lightly browned; remove from pan.
- Add onion and spices to pan, cook, stiring, until onion is soft. Stir in undrained crushed tomatoes and puree, simmer, uncovered, about 2 minutes or until slightly thickened.
- Stir in fish; cook, uncovered, until fish is tender; remove from heat, stir in sour cream and fresh coriander. Serve with nutty rice (or basmati rice).
Enjoy your meal!
- Freeze: Not suitable.
- Microwave: Not suitable.
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When is hot outside, try this. If you are not living in a hot climate as Indians are, try this in cold weather and it will make you hot. And my guess is you will ask for more. It is a delicious recipe. So delicious that I tried it just once. Hahaha. I should try it several times as I like lamb and this is indeed something special. I have a déjà vu writing this. I also like the way it is constructed with all those ingredients, some of them rare and precious and full of flavour. What an exquisite aroma it spreads ! It whispers: come and taste me! And of course you come… Sit down at the table and enjoy it with naan bread (I miss naan bread sooo much) or basmati rice (Tilda brand – the best). I must cook this again. So, let’s see what I need, apart from Love and Understanding and Tenderness. And a beautiful and large kitchen where I will be the queen 😉 . I need … to add that the recipe is taken from a wonderful book, “Golden India – Indian Recipes” and the recipes is
Lamb Chops in Spicy Marinade
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time: 1 hour 15 minutes
And the ingredients are:
- 1 kg lamb chops
- 12 almonds, blanched
- 1 tsp brown sugar
- 2 2/3 tbsp (40 ml) butter or oil
- 1/2 tsp cardamom seeds
- 1 tsp cayenne pepper
- 2-3 cloves, whole
- 2 tsp coriander leaves, chopped
- 1 tbsp cumin seeds
- 2 tsp garlic paste
- 2 tsp ginger, chopped finely
- 2 red or green chillies, deseeded and sliced
- a few strands of saffron, dissolved in 1 tsp milk (optional)
- 2 onions, medium size, chopped
- salt to taste
- 2 tsp sesame seeds (til)
- 3/4 cup yoghurt (I always go with my fav, the greek full fat one)
- Blend cumin seeds, ginger, garlic paste, cardamom seeds, cloves, almonds, sesame seeds, cayenne pepper, sugar and 2 tbsp yoghurt to a purée, adding more yoghurt if the mixture is dry. Pour mixture into a bowl and set aside. You have now a masala paste.
- Melt butter/ oil in a large kadhai (wok) or pan. Add onions and fry till golden brown. Stir in the masala paste and fry for 5 minutes stirring constantly. Add a spoonful water at a time if the mixture becomes too dry. Add the lamb chops and fry 10 minutes on medium heat, turning chops frequently.
- Beat the remaining yoghurt and saffron together, pour it into the lamb and mix well. Bring to a boil the reduce heat to very low, simmer for 1/2 hour.
- Preheat oven to 150˚C/ 300˚F.
- Transfer chops into a casserole and put into the oven to cook for at least 25 minutes. After that you have a taste of India. 🙂
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I know. You know. Curry is one of the tastier dishes I have ever eaten. I hadn’t heard about Indian food until I went to London. There I discovered the international cuisine. And the tastes behind it. I can’t believe how lucky I am.
I have many favorite recipes and one among them is curry. Any curry. I have cooked and eaten fish, chicken, lamb curry and other Indian recipes that are absolutely delicious. I am only sorry that in Romania I can’t cook them all. For some dishes there are absolutely no spices here and there is no way I can replace them. If I do that it will be no longer an Indian recipe. Too bad. My wish is to make accessible the recipes for those who love cooking in Romania. I know that sometimes is impossible or let’s say it is impossible for the moment. I hope for the best. 🙂
For today I have mixed two curry recipes I have, to try to make an easy one. The taste of India remains. 🙂 So
- 350 g skinless chicken breasts, cut into 2-5 cm (1 in) pieces (or you can try with 2 chicken breasts)
- 30 g butter (or more for more chicken)
- 2 packets of curry powder (this is how you find it here and I have to say I am not at all satisfied about its quality, or about 2 tbsp of really good curry powder)
- 1 large (about 200 g) onion, sliced
- 1 clove garlic, crushed
- 1 tbsp chopped fresh lemon grass
- 1/2 tsp red chili flakes (for a spicier recipe, yummy ;)) )
- 2 tsp chopped fresh coriander
- 2 tsp lime juice (or lemon juice)
- 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
- 1/2 tsp turmeric
- 1/2 tsp fish sauce (optional)
- 1 tsp sugar
- a pinch of pepper
- 2 tsp plain flour
- 300 ml chicken stock
- 1 can coconut milk (you can make it by putting 75-100 g coconut in a bowl, pour over the 300 boiling water and leave to stand for 30 minutes. I have done this and I don’t like it. There is nothing as good as the coconut in the can or if you are reaaaaaaly lucky, the milk from a fresh coconut)
- Heat butter in a pan, add chicken, cook, stirring, until browned and tender; drain on absorbent paper. You can buy the chicken meat ready cooked but you will never beat the taste and smell of a freshly buttered cooked meat.
- Reheat the pan, add onion, garlic, lemon grass, chili, coriander, juice, seeds, turmeric and sauce, curry powder, pepper, cook , stirring, until the onion is soft. Stir in chicken, sugar and flour, then the stock and milk, stir over heat until mixture boils and thickens.
- Serve with the best Indian rice: basmati rice.
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