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  • Spice-crusted Monkfish

    Spice-crusted Monkfish


    For the spice mixture
    1 tbsp coriander seeds
    1 tbsp cumin seeds
    1 tbsp black peppercorns
    1 tbsp fennel seeds
    1 dried chili

    For the fish
    800g monkfish
    1 tbsp cottonseed oil
    For the first marinade
    1 tbsp grated ginger
    2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
    2 tsp black pepper
    2 tbsp lemon juice

    For the second marinade
    30g strained yogurt
    15g grated ginger
    2 green chillies, finely chopped
    15g coriander, finely chopped
    15ml sour cream

    For the tomato sauce
    800g ripe tomatoes
    60ml olive oil
    1 bay leaf
    2 tsp grated ginger
    2 cloves of garlic, crushed
    1 tsp cumin powder
    1 tsp ground fennel
    1 tsp red chilli powder
    60g lemongrass
    300ml coconut milk


    For the spice mixture
    Put all ingredients in a pan and place over low heat. Dry-roast the spices until they get a light color and release their aroma. Grind the spices in a mortar or use a food processor.

    For the first marinade
    Place the fish in a baking dish. In a bowl, combine all the ingredients for the marinade and coat the fish with the mixture. Wrap it in clear film and put in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

    For the second marinade
    Put all ingredients in a small bowl and add cream last. Cover with clear film and put in the refrigerator.

    For the tomato sauce
    Purée the tomatoes in a blender and pass them through a fine strainer. Heat the olive oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat, add the bay leaf, ginger and garlic and sauté for about 1′. Then add the tomatoes, cumin, fennel, chili and lemongrass and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 7-8 ‘. Add the coconut milk, taste and adjust seasonings with salt and continue cooking for another 3-4 ‘.

    For the fish
    Preheat oven to 200°C. Take the fish and the second marinade out of the refrigerator and let them come to room temperature. Spread the spice blend over the fish in the pan and add the second marinade. Bake for 12 to 14 ‘. Serve the fish spreading the tomato sauce around it.

    Source: thinkdrops

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