Anjali Pathak - Zamin Doz Macchi, Whole stuffed fish recipe
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Zamin Doz Macchi, Whole stuffed fish recipe
An ancient recipe of stuffing a whole fish with spices, sealing it in an earthenware pot, burying it in the ground and covering it with natural heatfermenters.
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I have used the oven to replicate this style of cooking and the aromatic marinade flavours the fish beautifully. Serves 4-6
1 whole trout, enough to feed 4-6 people, skin left, cleaned, de-boned and head removed
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
½ teaspoon mustard seeds
8 curry leaves
1 teaspoon garlic, chopped
½ teaspoon ginger, chopped
1 tablespoon desiccated coconut (optional)
1 red chilli, deseeded and sliced
2 tablespoons Patak's Tikka Masala Paste
75g celeriac, grated
50g leek, sliced
50g carrots, finely sliced
50g green beans, shredded
juice of ½ lemon
½ tablespoon butter
1 teaspoon honey
1 tablespoon thick Greek yoghurt
1 tablespoon chives, chopped
½ tablespoon fresh dill, chopped
1 lime, cut into half
salt and pepper, to taste
1. Make deep slits in the trout on both sides.
2. Make the masala in a pan, heat two tablespoons of vegetable oil and add the mustard seeds and curry leaves.
3. Once they start popping add the ginger, garlic, desiccated coconut (if using) and red chilli and sauté for a minute before adding a tablespoon of Patak's Tikka Masala Paste. Sprinkle in a little water to prevent the spices from burning.
4. After two minutes add the celeriac and leeks and cook for a minute.
5. Add the carrot and green beans and allow to cook for two minutes before removing from the heat and squeezing in the lemon juice. The masala should still be crunchy.
6. Add the butter and honey and check the seasoning, adjusting the salt and pepper if necessary.
7. In a bowl mix together the yoghurt, remaining Patak's Tikka Masala Paste, chives and dill.
8. Rub the outside of the fish with the marinade, ensuring you the rub the marinade into the slits.
9. Stuff the inside of the trout with the masala.
10. Place the trout in the bottom of a baking dish, with the lime halves and cook, uncovered for 20 minutes in a preheated oven (180 C/350 F/gas 4).
Remove from the oven and cover with foil and continue to cook for a further 15-20 minutes or until cooked through. Finally squeeze overthe baked limes and serve with Roast Spiced Potatoes and Royal Raita with radish and mint.
Anjali's Tip “I love to make this dish with salmon. If you prefer you can use individual portions of fish - I usually estimate 200g per person”.