Hake with zhoug and yellow split pea dhal


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  • 4 hake fillets, weighing 120–140g each
  • 4 tsp rock salt
  • 2 tbsp of vegetable oil


Yellow split pea dahl

  • 2 tbsp of vegetable oil
  • 150g of yellow split peas, well rinsed
  • 1 bouquet garni
  • 200ml of coconut cream
  • 2 tsp table salt

Spice base

To make the dahl, pour the oil into a medium saucepan and place over a moderate heat. When hot, add all the ingredients for the spice base. Season with a little salt and cook, until fragrant, for 5 minutes
Add 300ml of warm water, the bouquet garni and the split peas, stirring well. Cover with a lid and simmer gently for 25 minutes, stirring regularly. Add the coconut milk and simmer for a further 5 minutes, then taste and season with salt and keep warm
For the zhoug, place all ingredients into a blender with 2 tbsp of water. Blend until a chunky paste is formed and set aside
To cook the fish, preheat the oven to 180℃/gas mark 4. Cover each piece of fish with the rock salt on both sides and leave to sit for 7 minutes. Rinse the fillets under cold water and pat dry. Heat the oil in a large, non-stick frying pan. When hot, add the fish and cook for 3 minutes on each side
  • 4 tsp rock salt
  • 2 tbsp of vegetable oil
  • 4 hake fillets, weighing 120–140g each
Insert a metal skewer into the fish for 20 seconds then remove and check the temperature. If not piping hot, transfer to a baking dish and bake for 3–5 minutes
Spoon the dahl into bowls then top with the fish. Place a tablespoon of zhoug on each piece of fish and serve
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