I use a mixture of calamari and prawns for this dish. They are quick to cook and absolutely delicious. This is a great dish for emergency entertaining. I usually serve this in a large platter with a heap of fresh coriander. When serving this for a dinner party, I place a large bowl of chopped green chilli on the side so that my guests can spice it up if they like.
1 tsp black mustard seeds
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 medium onion, finely chopped
12,5ml crushed garlic
12,5ml red chilli powder
10ml ground cumin
10ml ground coriander
2 tomatoes, blanched and chopped
1kg mixed seafood
Salt to taste
3 cups cooked Spekko Pure Basmati Rice
Fresh coriander to garnish
Heat oil in a pot on medium heat. Fry mustard seeds until they begin to splutter. Add cumin seeds and fry until the seeds begin to sizzle. Sauté onion until light golden brown. Add crushed garlic and stir for a second or two. Add red chilli, turmeric, ground cumin and ground coriander. Heat the spices through for a few seconds taking care not to burn the spice. Stir in the chopped tomatoes and reduce the heat. Stir the fried onion paste and tomatoes together until they begin to form a thick paste. Add salt. The tomatoes should break down completely.
Gently place the linefish into the tomato paste. Spoon sauce over and simmer until the fish is almost cooked. Add the prawns and calamari and stir gently making sure that the spicy paste covers the seafood. Place cooked rice over the cooked seafood. Pour 125ml boiling water over the rice. Reduce the heat to the lowest setting and steam the rice for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and toss the cooked seafood and rice together. Garnish with fresh coriander.
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– I sometimes make this dish with one type of seafood. Prawns, calamari or linefish work really well.
– For a more indulgent version, add 125ml cream to the cooked tomatoes before adding the seafood.
– Fresh basil can be added to this dish.
– Always use cold rice or leftover rice. It works best for this dish.
– The Spekko Longrain everyday rice would also be perfect for this dish!