Grilled Berbere Fish – and food conversations on Facebook groups

I have been quite an active member of several Facebook food groups. In fact, my decision to start a blog was inspired by the encouragement I received from these food groups. Though I am a member of more than a dozen groups, there are only a few that inspire me or are really close to my heart. A quick shout out to my foodie friends out there…..

Kannur food guide (KFG) – ‘A home away from home’, that’s what KFG means to me. I was a total stranger to the group when I joined but now, it seems as if I have known most of them forever. A really warm, friendly and non-judgmental group, it is not just a place to have great fun-filled food conversations but also a place where you can forge great friendships.

Chef at Large (CAL) – I am a recent entrant to this food group. But this is my go to place for the most innovative and intellectual food conversations. There are many serious foodies in CAL and you will get to see a very high level of dishes here. The members here possess serious food talents and expertise; and I have gained immensely to broaden my culinary knowledge here. CAL is the brain child of Sid Khullar who is also the Managing editor for the food emagazine, CALDRON.

Home Chefs Guild – Another warm, friendly and interesting group where home cooking is truly celebrated. Again, I was a total stranger to this group but have made quite a few foodie friends out here. And during a casual chat with one of the group admins, Biji, we realized that we were actually neighbours back in my home town but never met then. The world is indeed a small place and the best way to bond is over food!

Today’s dish features high on my fave foods list – grilled fish. And this time, I used the famous Egyptian marinade, Berbere paste to spice up my fish. Fiery, spicy and pungent, the Berbere paste can be used to flavour both meats and seafood. It has quite strong flavours and a little goes a long way; if you want it less spicy, reduce the quantity of paprika.

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Berbere paste – Adapted from Tortoises and Tumbleweeds (Journey through an African Kitchen) by Lannice Snyman

Ingredients:

Berbere paste:

1. Cumin seeds – 10gms
2. Cloves – 6
3. Cardamom pods – 5gms
4. Coriander seeds – 5gms
5. red chilli – 1
6. garlic cloves – 4
7. ginger – 20gms
8. paprika – 30gms
9. turmeric powder – 2 gms
10. ground cinnamon – 2 gms
11. black pepper powder – 2 gms

For the fish:

12. 1 whole fish (I used trout but any type can be used)
13. Red tomato – 1, sliced
14. Lemon – 1, sliced
15. Salt – to season
16. Vegetable oil – for grilling the fish

For the salad:

17. Red onion – 1, finely sliced
18. Black olives – sliced
19. Lebanese cucumber – 1, sliced
20. Tomato – 1, sliced
21. Vinegar – 1 tbsp
22. Salt – to season

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Method:

1. Dry roast the whole spices and grind to a fine powder. Add the remaining powdered spices along with garlic and ginger and grind to a paste.
2. Clean the fish well, wash and pat dry with a kitchen towel. Score on both sides and season with salt. Rub the marinade onto the fish and coat well. Line slices of tomato and lemon inside and over the top of the fish. Cover with foil and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or even longer as time permits.
3. For the salad, mix all the veggies and just before serving, season with salt and vinegar.
4. Heat the grill to high and drizzle vegetable oil. Place the fish with the lemon and tomato slices on top and grill for 10 minutes. Remove the lemon and tomato slices and carefully turn over the fish and grill on the other side till done.
5. Serve hot with the grilled lemon, tomatoes and salad.

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8 thoughts on “Grilled Berbere Fish – and food conversations on Facebook groups

  1. afracooking June 1, 2014 at 3:43 pm Reply

    It has been much too long since my last visit, but I have been doing a little traveling and have not even seen a laptop for days. But now I am happily back on my couch browsing my favourite blogs. You really have been cooking up some fabulous treats – loving this recipe! I only use berbere for my family’s traditional Ethiopian dishes. Never used it for anything else and certainly NEVER thought of making it myself. Fabulous inspiration!

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    • vanyadhanya June 1, 2014 at 11:30 pm Reply

      Would love to hear more about your travels.
      I love experimenting with new spices and marinades and especially imbibing it into my food style. Berbere was a delicious revelation…..

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  2. simplyvegetarian777 May 27, 2014 at 5:14 pm Reply

    Dhanya,
    A great shout out. I might not be the fish water but have fallen in love with those gorgeous pics :).

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    • vanyadhanya May 27, 2014 at 11:46 pm Reply

      thanks dear, I get really excited and happy when someone compliments my pics. thanks again

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  3. feedingthesonis May 26, 2014 at 9:19 am Reply

    Looks delicious 😋yum!

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  4. elsonsequeira May 26, 2014 at 4:24 am Reply

    Looks absolutely delish!!!!

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