Smoothound is a strong flavoured fish and can be matched with other strong flavours. This is recipe is a version of a South Indian Coastal recipe that is generously spiced with a smooth coconut sauce that laps at the fish complimenting it and washing up spice on the tounge. Aside the taste, the reason that Smoothound is so perfect for this recipe is that is cylindrical and thick three centimetre (1 inch) steaks can be cut crossways through the fish. The single central bone adds flavour to the dish and helps hold the Smoothound steaks together. My fish was about a 6lb fish (Males only, the female always go back) and I had already cleaned and prepared it, in fact it had been in the freezer for about a month waiting for me to cook this recipe!Spice Mix
1 Tsp Garam Masala
1 Tsp Turmeric
½ Tsp Smoked Paprika
From the Garden:
Small Bunch of Parsley
6 Bay Leaves
Meanwhile, take your Smoothound steaks and liberally season and then dust lightly with Turmeric, set aside.
Two minutes later add your Fenugreek Seeds and Mustard seeds to the pan.
Finely dice your Chilli, dice your Yellow Pepper and slice your Tomatoes, once the onions are starting to look clear add the vegetables to the frying pan and fry as well.
The recipe seems complicated but really isn’t if you take it in these easy steps it is really just a series of assembly jobs and light frying!
About 5 or so minutes before the rice is ready heat up the second frying pan with a little oil in the pan add the fish to the very hot pan (you need the oil hot so the Smoothound steaks don’t stick). You want to quickly fry the steaks on both sides and get an instantly crispy coating on each side whilst only being half cooked in the centre. Once this is achieved add the steaks to the sauce and gently bathe them in it covering them completely but being careful to leave the steaks whole.
Once the rice is cooked drain and discard the spices and bay leaves. Add the juice of a lemon and the finely chopped Parsley and stir in.
Now plate a good portion of the Lemon Pilaf on to one side of the plate and a generous portion of the Smoothound Curry onto the other side of the plate. Garnish with a sprig of Parsley and some Lemon slices.
This coconut flavoured curry is robust and spicey a perfect match for this fish. The lemon Pilaf just carries the fish theme through and is absolutely delicious! Another fantastic recipe made from a seriously underrated fish!!
If you don’t fish then ask for it at your Fishmongers, its cheap and a great pair to strong flavoured sauces such as curry!
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