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Spiced Mackerel with Vegetable Raita

Food Network Canada
YIELDS
4 servings

This is a fabulous way of cooking mackerel on a barbecue. Of course you could do them in a pan but they’ll never taste quite as good. It’s a great recipe to prepare in advance and come back to once you’ve lit the coals.

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Ingredients

Spiced Mackerel with Vegetable

3
oz mackerel fillets (8)
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
1
Tbsp coriander seeds
1
Tbsp black mustard seeds
1
Tbsp cumin seeds
1
tsp black peppercorns
1
dried hot chilli, roughly chopped, seeded if you wish
1
tsp salt
1
Tbsp dark muscovado sugar

Vegetable Raita

1
cucumber, peeled, halved, seeded
1
plum tomato, seeded and diced
1
small red onion, very finely chopped
1
cooked potato, peeled and diced
½
tsp toasted cumin seeds
425
mL Greek strained yogurt
1
Tbsp chopped fresh mint
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Directions

Step 1

To make the spice paste, heat a dry frying pan over a medium heat then add the coriander, black mustard seeds, cumin seeds and the black peppercorns and toast for 2–3 minutes, shaking from time to time until the mustard seeds are popping and the spices are aromatic. (You may need to cover the frying pan to stop the mustard seeds jumping out.)

Step 2

Blend the toasted spices with the chilli to a smooth powder
in a coffee grinder or with a pestle and mortar. Combine the spice powder with the salt and sugar. Store in an airtight container until needed.

Step 3

Half an hour before cooking the fish, lightly sprinkle both sides of each mackerel fillet with the spice mixture – about two teaspoons per fillet. Store any remaining spice mixture for future use.

Place the fillets in a metal hinged rack and cook on a hot barbecue for 1–2 minutes on each side until lightly charred and firm to the touch. Or cook the mackerel fillets in a hot griddle pan for a few minutes on each side, until cooked through and tender

Arrange the spiced mackerel fillets on plates and spoon the vegetable raita on the side to serve.

Step 4

Place the cucumber in a bowl with the tomato, onion, potato and cumin seeds. Stir in the Greek yoghurt and mint, then season to taste. Cover with cling film and chill until needed. It will keep happily in the fridge for up to two days.

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