Traybaked Keralan fish curry

Serves 12-14

  • 3 medium onions

  • 4 cloves of garlic

  • 5 cm piece of fresh ginger

  • 2 fresh red chillies, deseeded

  • 1 large bunch of fresh coriander, leaves picked

  • 1 red pepper, deseeded

  • 1 yellow pepper, deseeded

  • sunflower oil

  • 2 teaspoons brown mustard seeds

  • 2 teaspoons fenugreek seeds

  • 2 teaspoons fennel seeds

  • 1 handful of curry leaves

  • 1 x 1.5 kg side of salmon, scaled and pin-boned, skin on

  • sea salt

  • freshly ground black pepper

  • olive oil

  • 300 g ripe cherry tomatoes

  • 28 peeled tiger prawns

  • 2 x 400 g tins light coconut milk

  • 4 lemons

Creamy, rich and packed with spices, this traybake is fresh, flavoursome and super-comforting. Simply whack it in the middle of the table and let your guests help themselves, and serve with clove-spiked rice, warm chapatis and poppadoms on the side for a really epic meal.



Preheat the oven to 160ºC/325ºF/gas 3. Peel and finely slice the onions, garlic and ginger. Finely slice the chillies and coriander stalks, then slice the peppers. Place your largest roasting tray on the hob over a medium heat and add a good splash of sunflower oil, the spices and curry leaves. Fry for 2 minutes, then add the chopped veg, garlic and coriander stalks. Cook for about 15 minutes, or until soft and golden, stirring occasionally.



Place the salmon into the tray, skin side down. Season and drizzle with olive oil, then carefully turn the salmon skin side up and place the tray in the oven for around 20 minutes, or until the salmon is almost cooked through. Meanwhile, quarter the tomatoes and butterfly the prawns by carefully running a sharp knife down the back of each one and flattening them out.



Remove the tray from the oven and preheat the grill to full whack. Carefully peel the skin off the salmon and place onto a piece of tin foil. Stir the tomatoes, prawns, coconut milk and the zest and juice from 1 lemon into the tray and gently simmer on the hob over a medium to low heat until the prawns are cooked through. Meanwhile, place the skin under the grill for 5 minutes or until lovely and crisp – the skin can turn quickly so keep a close eye on it.



When done, carefully remove the crispy skin from under the grill and set aside to cool. Use a large spoon to break the salmon into big chunks. Season the sauce to taste with salt, pepper and a squeeze of lemon juice, then snap up and scatter over the crispy salmon skin, sprinkle with the reserved coriander leaves and serve with lots of lemon wedges for squeezing over.

Nutritional Information

Traybaked Keralan fish curry

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Creamy, rich and packed with spices, this traybake is fresh, flavoursome and super-comforting.
Serves 12-14
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Creamy, rich and packed with spices, this traybake is fresh, flavoursome and super-comforting. Simply whack it in the middle of the table and let your guests help themselves, and serve with clove-spiked rice, warm chapatis and poppadoms on the side for a really epic meal.

Preheat the oven to 160ºC/325ºF/gas 3. Peel and finely slice the onions, garlic and ginger. Finely slice the chillies and coriander stalks, then slice the peppers. Place your largest roasting tray on the hob over a medium heat and add a good splash of sunflower oil, the spices and curry leaves. Fry for 2 minutes, then add the chopped veg, garlic and coriander stalks. Cook for about 15 minutes, or until soft and golden, stirring occasionally.

Place the salmon into the tray, skin side down. Season and drizzle with olive oil, then carefully turn the salmon skin side up and place the tray in the oven for around 20 minutes, or until the salmon is almost cooked through. Meanwhile, quarter the tomatoes and butterfly the prawns by carefully running a sharp knife down the back of each one and flattening them out.

Remove the tray from the oven and preheat the grill to full whack. Carefully peel the skin off the salmon and place onto a piece of tin foil. Stir the tomatoes, prawns, coconut milk and the zest and juice from 1 lemon into the tray and gently simmer on the hob over a medium to low heat until the prawns are cooked through. Meanwhile, place the skin under the grill for 5 minutes or until lovely and crisp – the skin can turn quickly so keep a close eye on it.

When done, carefully remove the crispy skin from under the grill and set aside to cool. Use a large spoon to break the salmon into big chunks. Season the sauce to taste with salt, pepper and a squeeze of lemon juice, then snap up and scatter over the crispy salmon skin, sprinkle with the reserved coriander leaves and serve with lots of lemon wedges for squeezing over.

Nutritional Information Amount per serving:

Calories

Calories are just a unit of energy. If you eat more than you use you can gain weight, or lose it if you don't eat enough. How much you need depends on your weight, gender and how active you are, but it's around 2,000 a day.

Carbs

Carbs are a great source of energy and, excluding foods such as potatoes, are made from grains - like bread, pasta and cereal. We all need carbs, but try to make them all wholegrain by sticking to brown bread, rice and pasta - they are much more nutritious.

Sugar

We all deserve a treat sometimes, but try to limit your sugar intake. Most of your sugar should come from raw fruit and milk, because they give us lots of nutrients too. Always check food labels so you know how much sugar you're eating.

Fat

We all need to eat a small amount of fat because it protects our organs and helps us grow. But we need to be careful about how much fat we eat and what kinds of fat, because in higher levels it's associated with weight gain, diabetes, cancer and heart disease.

Saturates

Saturated or "bad fats" are in beef, pork, chicken skin, butter, cream and cheese. Too much can be bad for our heart and cholesterol levels, but unsaturated or "good fats" in fish, nuts, avocados and some oils can help keep our hearts healthy if eaten in moderation.

Protein

Protein helps our muscles to grow and repair, as well as providing you with essential amino acids. When it comes to protein, try to eat leaner sources such as chicken and fish or non-meat sources such as eggs, dairy, beans, nuts, seeds, tofu and pulses.
  • Calories 327
    16%
  • Carbs 7.4g
    3%
  • Sugar 5.5g 6%
  • Fat 19.9g 28%
  • Saturates 6.7g 34%
  • Protein 30.7g 68%
Of an adult's reference intake

BUYING SUSTAINABLY SOURCED FISH

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Buying sustainably sourced fish means buying fish that has been caught without endangering the levels of fish stocks and with the protection of the environment in mind. Wild fish caught in areas where stocks are plentiful are sustainably sourced, as are farmed fish that are reared on farms proven to cause no harm to surrounding seas and shores.

When buying either wild or farmed fish, ask whether it is sustainably sourced. If you're unable to obtain this information, don't be afraid to shop elsewhere – only by shopping sustainably can we be sure that the fantastic selection of fish we enjoy today will be around for future generations.

For further information about sustainably sourced fish, please refer to the useful links below:

Marine Stewardship Council
http://www.msc.org/

Fish Online
http://www.fishonline.org

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  • 3 medium onions

  • 4 cloves of garlic

  • 5 cm piece of fresh ginger

  • 2 fresh red chillies, deseeded

  • 1 large bunch of fresh coriander, leaves picked

  • 1 red pepper, deseeded

  • 1 yellow pepper, deseeded

  • sunflower oil

  • 2 teaspoons brown mustard seeds

  • 2 teaspoons fenugreek seeds

  • 2 teaspoons fennel seeds

  • 1 handful of curry leaves

  • 1 x 1.5 kg side of salmon, scaled and pin-boned, skin on

  • sea salt

  • freshly ground black pepper

  • olive oil

  • 300 g ripe cherry tomatoes

  • 28 peeled tiger prawns

  • 2 x 400 g tins light coconut milk

  • 4 lemons