John Dory with potato rasam

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Rasam is an Indian speciality which is traditionally made with either potatoes or yellow lentils. It is basically a spiced soup and forms a tasty mattress for a steamed fillet of fish in Shaun Hill's John Dory recipe.

First published in 2015




John Dory

  • 4 John Dory fillets, each weighing 100g

Potato rasam


Place a wide-bottomed pan over a medium heat and add a little olive oil and butter. Fry the chopped shallot, garlic and chilli for 2-3 minutes
Add the asafoetida, coriander, cumin, turmeric, tomato and potato trimmings to the pan and cook for a further 2-3 minutes
Add the tamarind paste, chicken stock and palm sugar and cook until the potato starts to soften and disintegrate. Strain off the liquid and reserve the broth
In a separate pan, boil the potato cubes in water until they begin to soften
Toast the mustard seeds in a large dry pan until they start to pop, then add the curry leaves followed by the strained broth and the potato cubes
Season with soy and black pepper to taste and leave to simmer over a low heat for 5-10 minutes. Then, add the lime juice and fresh coriander
Meanwhile, place the John Dory fillets in a steamer over a pan of simmering water and steam for 5 minutes or until cooked through
  • 4 John Dory fillets
Divide the rasam across 4 plates and lay the John Dory fillets on top. Squeeze a little lime juice over the fish and serve immediately
First published in 2015

Shaun Hill is one of Britain's most enduringly successful chefs. He began his career in 1966, working for Robert Carrier in his Islington restaurant. He went on to work in some of London's most prestigious addresses including The Capital Hotel in Knightsbridge and Blakes in South Kensington

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