Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Asian-spiced Kedgeree

Kedgeree (pronounced as kej-uh-ree) is an Anglo-Indian dish of rice with chunks of smoked haddock and eggs. But for me this dish was first introduced by my professor. It was an instant hit with us.. It has a subtle flavor that’s sure to please anybody’s palate. This is a very comforting and light one-pot meal that fits in well for those lazy days. Moreover you can fiddle with it and add your own twist. Leftovers if any will taste heavenly the next day. So how about getting a little lazy today? 

The recipe is inspired by that of Nigella Lawson on Food network.

Cold water-2 ¼ cups
Lime leaves-2
Tilapia (fillets)-1/2 kg
Butter-3 tbsp
Onion-1 Chopped
Coriander Powder-1/2 tsp
Cumin powder-1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder-1/2 tsp
Basmati rice-1 cup (I have used ordinary rice)
Hard boiled eggs-3 quartered
Chopped coriander leaves-3tbsp
Lime-1 zested and juiced

Poach tilapia in a foil covered roasting pan along with  lime leaves torn into pieces and cold water for 15 mins in preheated oven (420 F). Remove the dish from the oven and drain the liquid off into a bowl. Keep the fish warm simply by replacing the foil on the dish. 

Melt the butter and oil in a wide, heavy saucepan with a tight-fitting lid. Fry the chopped onions until soft. Mix in the spice powders and keep cooking till the onion turn slightly translucent. Add the rice and combine well using a spoon. Pour in the reserved liquid used for poaching the fish. Stir before covering with the lid and cook on medium for 15-20 minutes. Once the rice is tender and cooked enough turn off the heat. Remove the lid, cover the pan with a towel and then replace the lid. This will help absorb any extra moisture from the rice. 

Just before serving, drain off any extra liquid that's collected in the dish with the tilapia. Flake the fish with a fork. Mix in the rice, eggs and lime juice. Combine gently. Sprinkle with lime zest and coriander leaves.

1. You can replace tilapia with salmon.
2. Any long grained rice works fine.
3. Poaching the fish can be done on stovetop too.


Suja said...

Delicious one pot meal..new to me,will try this Sunday..

dreamer said...

looks wonderful

aipi said...

Yum, love this version, looks superb !!!
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Anonymous said...

wow... very good dish

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