Nepal

Well, my lovely diners!

I have another winner… Asia, right?!

We’re going to the lovely Himalayas tonight, for a fishy treat. Into a country where mustard seeds, chilies, and ginger are the main stars. A place where over 81% of the population practice Hinduism, and the ecosystems range from tropical savannas along the Indian border, to  grasslands, shrub-lands, rock and ice in the higher elevations. Home of Mount Everest… We are eating in Nepal.

Lovely yum-miesters, I present; Fish Tareko with rice and broccoli.

Nepal

I have to leave this picture big, because this was some BIG flavor!

  • 2 lbs white fish fillets ( I used swai- traditionally it calls for trout)
  • 1 tbsp chili paste (not chili sauce! if you can’t find chili paste, blend green chilies in the blender.)
  • 1 tsp ginger paste
  • 1 tsp garlic paste
  • 1 cup onion
  • 1 cup tomato
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp lime or lemon juice
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tbsp cilantro
  • 2 tbsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tbsp corn starch
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • oil for deep frying
  1. In blender, process chili, ginger, garlic, onion, tomatoes, cumin, lime/lemon juice, turmeric, cilantro, mustard seeds, corn starch, salt and pepper into a smooth paste.
  2. In a large bowl, pour the spice mixture over the fish fillets, cover, and let marinate for AT LEAST 4 hours.

     

  3. Heat frying oil to 360 degrees, and deep fry until crispy, about 5 minutes per batch.   Remove from oil, and let dry on paper towels. Serve hot with rice and vegetables!

 

So- I got lazy… I made a boxed rice (sacrilege, I know) and steamed some broccoli, but WOW! That marinade is the best I have EVER had on fish! Frying is a little scarier than deep frying breaded fish, because the marinade is so wet, it makes the oil really roll up, but the flavor was unbeatable.

Some reviews-

Dad- So good! I want this again!

Veronica, 12, slightly picky- I didn’t even know it was fish! It tastes so good!

Hannah, 15, culinary student- THIS is restaurant quality!

Nate, 20,- That was absolutely fantastic!

So- we now have another dish going on the regular menu!  Thank you, Nepal! Join us tomorrow when we travel even farther north for a soupy entree from…

 

Greenland.

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