Thursday, March 1, 2012

Tandoori Salmon

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Few days  in a charming sea side town, walking along the sandy beach, watching the sea, roaming  in the markets, meeting nice people, eating good food, soaking in a bit of culture and of course shopping! The weather was really mild which made sitting on the beach and walking a pleasure. The sun was also up and about, keeping us company :-) That just about sums up my much awaited holiday. You can find some of the photographs here

No chores, no cooking, no cleaning or even making the bed. What bliss! 

Like all good things, this also came to an end.

We got back home pretty late. The house felt cold and musty and we were  really tired. Things were higgledy piggledy pulled out of the bags, dirty clothes quickly piled up, the house started getting messy, the fridge looked like it has gone on strike and stopped housing food. I tried to bring order of this chaos while my husband frantically got back into work mode. Emails, phone calls, ironing shirts, what not. A girl can take so much *sigh*!

Next day after husband rushed off to work, I glumly sat on the sofa, bleakly taking in the scene.  It felt like the house has been hit by a hurricane and I am the sole survivor! I feel like one too, survivor that is, depleted of all energy and feeling exhausted just by thinking about the hours of house cleaning looming in my horizon. These are the times when I wish we had wall to wall carpets to shove everything under them!

I gave up even before I started and just went back to bed.  Mid morning hunger pangs drove me to the kitchen and all I found was a bag of corns, which I somehow popped in the microwave and took back to bed with me. Munching on the pop corn, I  happily wallowed in misery till too much popcorn gave me tummy ache. Life, sometimes is just too hard!

There is a limit to how much you can imitate the ostriches, lovely exotic creates, they are though. Eventually I resurfaced and getting back into normal mode. Slowly.

Do you also feel the same after coming back from a break? Or is it just me? Why is it that every time I come back from a holiday, I feel like I seriously need another one, like right now?

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Today I am going to share with you an easy peasy fish recipe that is on the staple list in our home. Tandori Salmon. It is my husband who discovered the joys of cooking salmon with tandoori masalas. The canteen of the bank where my husband used to work in Copenhagen used to serve this dish. Apparently on the days the canteen served tandori salmon there would be really long queues and the fish kind of flew off the tray. So in order to avoid disappointment they would flock off to canteen early, only to meet a horde of other equally intelligent bankers:-)

Ingredients:

2 medium sized fresh Salmon fillets
1/2 cup of plain/Greek yogurt
3 to 4 heaped table spoon of Tandoori masala (can be easily found in South Asian grocery stores, in the UK   Tesco stocks Shan Chicken Tandoori Masala)
1/2 tea spoon of ginger paste
3/4th tea spoon of garlic paste
1/4 tea spoon of paprika (non spicy variety for colour, the tandoori masala has chilli in it)
1 tea spoon of vegetable oil
Oil spray or oil to grease the baking tray
Half an onion and pepper cut into cubes
Salt to taste
Lime wedges and cilantro for garnish
Red food colour optional (I skip this)

Method:

Clean the salmon fillets and pat dry with a paper towel. In a marinade bag pour the yogurt, add the ginger and garlic paste, the masalas, oil and salt and mix well. Gently add the fillets and coat well. Keep the bad in the fridge in 20 mins or so. (Fish is extremely soft, so longer marinate may result in flaking the fish).

Preheat your oven at 150 degrees. Grease a baking sheet and lay down the fillets, skin side down, spray the fillets as well. In the remaining marinade add the chopped onion and pepper pieces and put it away.

Bake the salmon at 150 degrees Celcius for 40 mins or so till the edges of the salmon pieces become light brownish in colour. My current oven is really slow, it takes well over an hour. Keep checking, with 20 mins remaining gently turn the salmon pieces and spray on the skin side this time. With 10 mins remaining add the onion and pepper pieces, you can put them in a skewer or like me just spread them on the remaining space of the baking sheet.

Prepare two bowls with salad leaves, once ready put the salmon and vegetable pieces on the salad leaves, this way the juices run into the salad leaves and you do not have to bother with salad dressing. Squeeze half a lime on the fillets and sprinkle a little rock salt or any other salt. This time I sprinkled some chat masala too. And you dinner is ready.

If you are in a hurry you can do this on the griddle pan as well.

Serving:

The fish and salad is usually a pretty heavy combination and I generally do not serve anything else with it. But yesterday while browsing through food blogs I came across Julie's Corn Chat. Made some to go with the tandoori, only I did not put any sweet chilly sauce like Julie in my chat. The chat had boiled sweetcorn kernels from 2 cobs, half a cucumber, one pear, 1 de-seeded green chilly, half a red pepper and half a red onion, all very finely chopped and some chopped coriander leaves. I mixed these with lots of lime juice, chat masala powder and some rock salt. It was yummy and tasted great with the tandoori. This chat is all set to become a regular on my menu.



So your carb free, low calorie dinner is ready. I usually make this with white fish fillet to serve as starter during dinner parties. Of course if you barbecue it over coal it tastes yummier.

For desserts we had some fresh fruits and some actually a lot of ice cream.

49 comments:

  1. Nice pics...Luv the healthy salmon fillets..

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  2. Loved your write. The perfect vacation.. It sure is hard to snap out of it even once we are back. Your salmon looks perfectly done. There are so many colors on your post, it is delightful to read..

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  3. I had heard about salmon kababs.. Tandoori fish is new to me.. innovative one :)

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  4. Nice clicks... Tandoored fish is new to me... Looks yummy

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  5. Nice clicks and yummy and tasty recipe...but i dont like salman fish curry..why i dont know?But i never tried in tandoori ....will try sometime

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  6. this looks simple and yumm too.....ur the best in pics yaar

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  7. I so feel you! No matter how much I clean and prep before we go on vacation it always seems a ton of work to do when we get back! Lovely looking salmon by the way!

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  8. awesome clicks !! vacations are lovely and i do feel tired to be back but a lot of times am just excited to get back and do my thing !! but i do hate the pile of clothes after a vacation and unpacking :(

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  9. i am happy u had a great time :)... i feel the need to take one right away :D..we all need a reason to back up & leave right.. Suchi, i feel the same way..coming back from vacation is always painful..cleaning & u are always 'the one' to di..coz hubby dear has to rush to work..i snooze for good 2-3 days like i slogged my ass of during the vacations :)... lovely pics..i am a beach person too!! Did u take the ride on the carrousel?

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    1. Ah carrousel this is the word I was looking for and could not for the life of me remember...no did not ride this time, though husband was offering...it was only small kids so felt a little out of place :-)

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  10. ohh..glad u back..coz i missed u !

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  11. Delicious recipe. All very good quality. Your photography is very good too!

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  12. I love salmon but have never made it like this. I do something similar to tilapia but salmon is my favorite. I love this recipe and will definitely try it. I'm assuming the temperature is 150C not 150F degrees, correct?

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    1. Hi Vicki, welcome to my blog :-) Yes it is 150C...thanks for pointing it out, will make the change in my post.

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  13. Loved this recipe!! Amazing clicks too!

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  14. The salmon looks delectable ! Love the corn chat so as the fresh fruits ;D

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  15. Hey Suchi, I think it's the same with everyone, you need a holiday after a holiday, do I make sense..

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  16. lovely Suchi!! and the clicks are making me hungry right now

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  17. So tempting,yumm yum!!

    Please link your entries to EP Series-Cilantro & Cumin Event
    Inviting Hosts for EP Series-Herbs & Spices

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  18. Suchi, this is a great recipe! I love your cooking!

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  19. hi Suchi nice meetg u...amazing collection...the salmon recipe is really gud and the clicks are great...i loved ur profile pic.....

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  20. Those seaside pics are lovely. Never heard of a toy train that goes through a town :-)
    Tandoori Salmon, eh. looks luvly :D
    Kept your blog post open till i finished going though others today because i wanted to do a leisurely reading of your escapades, and had a good time too.

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  21. And btw are those avocados? Not in season here and i miss them

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  22. Love love love Tandoori Salmon!So delicious and super healthy!We're also pretty much the same after a holiday, getting back to doing chores is quite depressing :(Hope this supper cheered you up :)Love the corn salad on the side as well!

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  23. Hi Suchi, your Tandoori salmon look so tempting. Wish I can have some now with extra rice too. LOL
    I like your presentation, very pretty.

    Have a nice weekend.

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  24. It's always tough getting out of the holiday mood. But then it is only work that makes you pine for the next break. The pictures are great. Am sure the dish was too.

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  25. First time in your space and I absolutely loved it. Happy to follow you. Do visit my space in your free time.

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  26. nice pics suchi..did you go to the jurassic coast, about an hour away from bournemouth. Its one of the most beautiful places ive been to..
    the salmon looks delectable..

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  27. Oh, yeah...I feel the same way after vacation...the laundry, the mail and emails, the mess! So overwhelming...but life goes on. Your salmon looks fabulous...great healthy dinner~

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  28. Hello suchi,
    I regret myself for not finding this wonderful blog before, your photography is awesome!!!
    Happy to follow you!!!! do stop by mine!!!!
    Good Food Recipes

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  29. I have had Tandoori chicken, however I am really intriqued that this recipe uses Salmon! Definitely a new one for me, but obviously I have been missing out. Your picture is very tempting as well as stunning. Great post. Hope you are enjoying the weekend!

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  30. Hi Suchi-your Tandoori Salmon looks so delicious. Love the recipe and the preparation instructions. The photos are incredible! Your vacation holiday photos are so amazing, and looks like your had such a wonderful time. Not to worry about all the mess, mails, e-mails, dirty laundry; that all goes with the return of a fabulous vacation:DDD

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  31. This looks like a fabulous recipe! Love your photos...XoXo

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  32. Love your clicks and this Tandoori Salmon looks so tempting:)a sure try, thanks for sharing

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  33. Always great to get away, isn't it? I love Tandooris and I love salmon, so, this is always going to be a hit for me!

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  34. Apart from the yumyyyy food ur pics look absoultely amazinggggg

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  35. delicious flavours looks wonderful

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  36. I share the same qualms about holidaying - it's so frustrating. But nonetheless, I know you had fun :)

    Love this recipe. A great twist on salmon.

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  37. Hey Suchi how r u...have never pickled tinned food ...i dont think tinned tuna can be made this way....

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  38. lovely pics Suchi...i feel like jumping into the pics and gulping down all that is prepared as quickly as i can...

    yummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmy!!!

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  39. I make this recipe at home (in France) but with less curd and no ginger. I must say the salmon just flies off too! ;-) Thanks for sharing it. I will try with your ingredients.

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  40. Wonderful recipe for salmon. Something different from simple squeeze of lemon or parsley sauce. Yum!

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  41. That fish looks delicious ! I wish I could get my hands on some Salmon in India.

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  42. hi,happy new year.i find this recipe very tasty..all the best,
    ..pujitacookeries.blog.in

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  43. Lovely tandoori fish. Love your blog, am joining in.....Shella @ www.kitchensecrets.blogspot.com

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