Friday, 25 June 2010

Indian Delights

In the beginning of the year I had hoped to have a theme for my blog, something to celebrate South African and African food and culture. This has not worked out as well has I had dreamed, mostly because my personal life took many unforeseen twists and also because "a dream without a plan is just a wish.".

I have been caught up in football fever and in doing so I found this little piece of trivia which I thought was quite funny.

India qualified by default for the 1950 FIFA World Cup finals as a result of the withdrawal of all of their scheduled opponents. The governing body in India decided against going to the World Cup, being unable to understand the importance of the event at that time.

Now here is the funny part...A myth started that India refused to play because they were not allowed to play barefoot. This was not the actual case and just a story to cover up the disastrous decision of the governing body.

So, back to food. We had a wonderfully Indian meal last night, probably not authentic by Indian standards, but as close to "damn it" to being a swear word!

Tandoori Butter Fish

4 Butter fish steaks (about 1" thick)

80ml Tandoori paste (I used shop bought mix from Aminia's Wonder Spice )
80 -100ml Plain yoghurt

Mix all the above together and marinade for about 3-4 hours.
Preheat a pan with a little oil and fry the fish until done.
Season to taste and serve with Dahl (below).

This was my first attempt at making Dahl.

Pea Dahl

250g Pea Dahl
2 Large Onions sliced
1 Red Chilli chopped finely
2 Garlic Cloves chopped finely
1 Large ripe Tomato grated
10ml Sugar
25ml Vegetable Stock concentrate
15ml All in One Curry Powder
2 -3 Curry Leaves
Salt to taste

Cook the Pea Dhal in water until soft.
In a separate pan, braise the onions until soft and golden.
Add the rest of the ingredients and leave to cook down on a low heat, adding a little water if it starts getting too dry.
Once the Pea Dhal is soft, stir in the onion mix and leave to cook for another 10-15 minutes, stirring regularly and adding water if it gets dry.
Serve with the fish and steamed rice.


Cindy said...

It looks wonderful.

Rosemary I can't find the 'subscribe by email' button on your blog'! (I don't use RSS and only subscribe to blogs I like via email).

As far as FIFA WCS goes, I'm being very cautious as every team I've supported so far hasn't made it :(

polkadotcupcake said...

This has me craving fish like nobodies business! And cooking it with an Indian spice blend? Inspired! Love it, love it, love it! :)

Marisa said...

Giggled at the barefoot story! :-)

Your dhal looks perfect and as for that butterfish, mmm I need a lappie to wipe the drool off my keyboard. Where do you find butterfish - I can never seem to get hold of it! :-/

Nina Timm said...

The butter fish looks scrumptious to say the least. Flaky and cooked to perfection. My first attempt at making dahl was disastrous, scared to try again!!

Rose&Thorn said...

Polkadot - This was my craving for 2 weeks, eventually got to the spice shop and the fish shop - and yippee, craving sorted

Marisa - I always buy my fish at Fish 4 Africa in Monta Vista - they always have fresh butter fish and it is very cheap too.

Nina - I was worried about it too. Every one raves about it, but I had never tried it. It worked really well.

Anonymous said...

I love Tandoori, but could do without the dahl! Lovely dish. Have a super weekend :)

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