Ajwaini Macchi (Monkfish kebabs)

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The secret to the incredible flavour of Peter Joseph's fish kebab recipe is the double marinade – first in a spiced base, then with a fragrant yoghurt paste flavoured with punchy ajwain seeds (or carom) and mustard. This monkfish recipe uses the meaty fish as a perfect base for these strong flavours and, serving two as a hearty main or four as a starter, is a fantastic way to liven up your barbecue repertoire.

First published in 2016
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First marinade

Second marinade

Mint chutney

Shredded salad

To serve


  • Blender


Prepare the monkfish by dividing the fish evenly into 8 portions, each approximately 50g in weight. Wash the fish well and pat dry with kitchen paper
Mix together the ingredients for the first marinade in a bowl. Add the monkfish portions and mix well until thoroughly coated in the marinade. Arrange on a plate or tray and leave to marinate in the fridge for 30 minutes
Meanwhile, prepare the second marinade in a separate bowl. Whisk the turmeric and chilli powder into the oil, then mix in the remaining ingredients
Transfer the monkfish from the first marinade to the second, again turning the fish pieces until fully coated in the mixture. Return to the fridge and marinate for another 2 hours
Meanwhile, make the mint chutney. Place all the ingredients in a blender and blitz to form a smooth, bright green purée. Check the seasoning, then reserve in the fridge until ready to serve
When ready to cook, preheat a grill or barbecue to high. Remove the monkfish from the marinade and thread on to metal skewers, or wooden skewers (first soaked in cold water) if preferred
Drizzle the kebabs with a little oil and grill for 3 minutes. Turn over and cook for another few minutes until slightly charred and the fish has cooked through
  • 1 tbsp of oil
Mix together the salad ingredients in a small bowl and squeeze over a little fresh lemon juice. Season the salad with a little salt and cut the remaining lemon into wedges to serve
To serve, divide the salad between plates and spoon or pipe dollops of the mint chutney down the centre. Remove the monkfish pieces from the skewers and place on top of the chutney, sprinkling over a pinch of chaat masala and a squeeze of fresh lime juice. Garnish with a few sprigs of dill and serve with the lemon wedges on the side
First published in 2016

By moving away from the stereotypical view of Indian cuisine and embracing modern plating styles, Peter Joseph has taken the food he grew up with to dizzying new heights.

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