Monday, July 6, 2009

Fish Tagine

I have never tasted an authentic tagine, only seen them on cable and on cookbooks. I saw this recipe on a moroccan cook book and made it a bit spicier . Its lovely served with couscous or garlic bread.

2 pieces of fish steak pieces ( I usually use mackeral or sea bream)
2 cloves garlic, chopped
Handful of coriander and flat leaf parsley chopped
1 tsp ground cumin
2 red chillies , chopped
Juice of 1 lime or half a lemon
2 tbsp olive oil

2 tomatoes , sliced
1 medium potato cut into round slices
1/2 red bell pepper , sliced
1/2 cup stock or water ( use any stock)
2 tsp tomato puree/ paste
1 tsp chilli paste (I use either the maldivian chilli paste, lonumirus or the malaysian one.
Preserved lemon rind slices 1/2 a lemon or grated rind of 1 lemon
VEgetable oil or olive oil

1. Pat the fish steak pieces dry. Make marinade by mixing the herbs,fresh chilli, lime juice, olive oil , salt and garlic. Rub it all over the fish slices. Marinade for 1-2 hours, in the fridge

2. Heat a little oil, on a large frying pan , place the fish slices on it and fry till nice and golden.

3. Brush some oil on a tagine dish , if you have one or an oven dish. Layer with tomatoes,pepper and lemon preserve or grated fresh lemon rind. Finally layer with potato slices.

4. Mix stock, tomato paste/ puree, chilli paste and season well. Pour it carefully over the potatoes.

5.Cover , use foil if using a oven dish, and place in the oven , preheated at about 190 degree celsius and cook for about 20 minutes, remove the lid and cook for a further 10 minutes. Serve.

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