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  1. 200 g dried white or green peas

  2. 1 tbsp butter

  3. 2 tbsp sunflower oil

  4. 1 tsp cumin seeds

  5. 2 cm piece ginger , finely sliced

  6. 1-2 cloves garlic , thinly sliced

  7. 750 g floury potatoes , cut into 4cm pieces vegetable oil , for deep frying

  8. 1 tsp chilli powder

  9. 70 g ground rice or rice flour

  10. 70 g white lentil flour , (also known as papad flour)

  11. 1/2 tsp salt

  12. 1/2 tsp red chilli powder

  13. 1/2 tsp crushed roasted cumin seeds

  14. 1 tbsp chopped fresh coriander

  15. 1 green chilli , finely chopped

  16. 250-300 ml lager

  17. 1 tsp fruit salt , (effervescent powder available from chemists)

  18. 450-500 g white fish fillets , such as sea bass, cod or plaice plain flour , for dusting

Instructions Jump to Ingredients ↑

  1. Masala fish and chips with ragda Method 1. For the ragda: soak the peas overnight or for 6-8 hours, then drain. Place the peas in a pan, cover with fresh cold water and boil gently for an hour and then check, if not soft all the way to the middle then cook for a little longer. If the peas retain their shape, break them up with a whisk (the consistency of the ragda has should be like mushy peas).

  2. Heat the butter and oil in a frying pan and fry the cumin seeds and green chilli until the seeds change colour, then add the ginger and garlic and cook on a medium heat until the garlic softens. Stir the mixture into the peas and season well.

  3. For the masala chips: Cook the potatoes in a pan of boiling salted water for 15 minutes, or until just tender, then drain and leave to rest in the colander to drive off any excess steam.

  4. Fill a deep saucepan half full with vegetable oil for 140C, or until a cube of bread dropped in browns within 40 seconds. Fry the potatoes in batches for 2-3 minutes, until pale in colour. Drain the potatoes on kitchen paper, then leave to cool completely.

  5. Heat the oil again to 170-180C, or until a cube of bread dropped in browns within 20 seconds. Fry the potatoes again until golden and crisp, then drain on kitchen paper. Stir the chilli powder and a teaspoon of salt together, then sprinkle it evenly over the chips. Keep warm until ready to serve 6. For the batter: stir the batter ingredient together in a large bowl until smooth and combined.

  6. For the fish: heat the vegetable oil for deep frying again until a cube of bread browns within 20 seconds. Dust the fish fillets lightly in the flour until coated. Dip the fillets in the batter, shake off any excess and deep fry the fish for 5 minutes, or until golden and cooked through.

  7. Serve the fish with the fried potatoes and ragda.


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