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A simple fish dish, rich in Indian flavours.


  • 1 onion – chopped

  • 4 cloves of garlic roughly chopped

  • 2 stalks of lemon grass chopped

  • 1 tsp turmeric

  • 2 tsp chilli

  • 1 tsp cumin seeds

  • 1 tsp black mustard seeds

  • 1 green chilli finely sliced


  • 1.

    Put all ingredients into a mortar and pestle along with a generous pinch of salt and bash into a paste.

  • 2.

    Take the whole fish and with a sharp knife make three or four deep slits in the flesh on each side.

  • 3.

    Season the fish with salt and then rub the paste all over the fish and especially deep into the cuts. Leave to marinate for an hour or two.

  • 4.

    Heat enough vegetable oil to shallow fry the fish in a pan large enough to hold the fish.

  • 5.

    Season the oil with the cumin, mustard seeds and chilli allowing them to fry for a minute or so then lay the fish in the pan.

  • 6.

    Fry on one side until golden and the meat flakes when poked with a fork then turn the fish over and fry until golden and cooked.

  • 7.

    Serve on a plate with a fresh garden salad.

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