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  1. 1 1/2 tbsp coconut oil

  2. 1/4 tsp black mustard seeds

  3. 1 medium onion , finely chopped

  4. 15 curry leaves

  5. 3 sun-dried chillies

  6. 2 1/2 cm piece ginger , finely chopped

  7. 1/2 tsp salt

  8. 1/2 tsp turmeric

  9. 1/4 tsp chilli powder

  10. 100 ml water

  11. 1 small unripe green mango , finely diced

  12. 400 ml coconut milk

  13. 3 tbsp tamarind pulp squeeze lime juice oil , for deep-frying

  14. 6 small Indian aubergines , (see Cook's tip)

  15. 1 tbsp corn oil

  16. 1/4 tsp coriander seeds

  17. 1/4 tsp cumin seeds

  18. 1/2 medium onion , finely chopped

  19. 1/2 tsp garlic ginger paste pinches turmeric

  20. 1/4 tsp chilli powder , such as deghi

  21. 1/2 medium ripe tomatoes , peeled, seeds removed and finely chopped

  22. 2 tbsp finely chopped fresh coriander sprinkle chaat masala

  23. 4 large fillets sea bass , skin scored turmeric chilli powder , such as deghi rice flour , for dusting coconut oil , for frying

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  1. Alleppey fish curry with deep-fried aubergine Method 1. For the Alleppey sauce: heat coconut oil in a heavy-based pan, add the mustard seeds and allow to pop.

  2. Add onion, curry leaves, chillies and ginger, sprinkle with salt and cook until the onions soften and brown slightly.

  3. Add turmeric and chilli powder, stir then add the water and cook for another 30 seconds until the spices have lost their rawness.

  4. Add mango and curry leaves, stir, then add the coconut milk and boil for 1 minute. Reduce the heat and add the tamarind pulp, then simmer for 15-20 minutes.

  5. Finish with lime juice and season to taste. Remove from the heat and keep warm until needed.

  6. For the aubergine: cut the aubergines in half, score the flesh with a knife and deep-fry at 180C for around 3 minutes until cooked through and softened.

  7. Heat the oil in a heavy-based pan over a medium heat and add all the seeds. Toss the onion in, sprinkle with salt and cook until soft.

  8. Add the garlic and ginger paste, turmeric, chilli powder and tomato. Dilute with a drop of water and cook until for a minute or two until the spices have lost their rawness.

  9. Place the fried aubergine in the Alleppey sauce and coat evenly. Garnish with the coriander and chaat masala.

  10. . For the sea bass: rub the skin of the fillets with enough tumeric to lightly coat and then sprinkle on a little chilli powder and dust the whole fillet with rice flour. Season with salt.

  11. . Heat the coconut oil in a pan and then add the fish, skin side down. Press down lightly to stop the fish from curling and fry for around 3-4 minutes until the skin is crisp. Flip over and cook for a further minute or two until the fish is cooked through.

  12. . To serve, ladle the sauce into a dipped plate, place the aubergine in the centre and balance the fish on top.


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