This is a basic recipe that is easy to make and uses standard ingredients...you can spice it up using coriander pods, saffron, turmeric, and a cinnamon stick if you want to. Some recipes add a little cream at the end, or cooked lentils along with the rice. If it were fresh pea season, I'd definitely throw some in. It's all good.
Kedgeree ~~~adapted from Jamie Oliver
3 large eggs, boiled and quartered
4 cups cooked basmati (long grain) rice
1/3-1/2 lb smoked fish, I used salmon (buy it in a chunk, not the thin sliced kind)
4 Tbsp butter
1 heaping Tbsp fresh grated ginger
1 medium onion, finely diced
1 clove of garlic, peeled and finely chopped
2 Tbsp curry powder
1 Tbsp mustard seeds
1 fresh hot chili, finely sliced
2 tomatoes, chopped
1 bunch of spring onions, finely chopped
juice of 1 lemon
2 handfuls of fresh cilantro, chopped
salt and fresh pepper to taste
1 cup whole milk yogurt for serving
Melt the butter in a large pot, and saute the onion, ginger and garlic for about 5 minutes. Add the curry powder, fresh chili and mustard seeds and cook for a few more minutes. Add the tomatoes, spring onions and lemon juice.and heat through. Add the rice to the pan and then the fish, breaking it into large flakes as you do. Add in the cilantro, reserving a bit for a garnish. Stir gently to mix everything together and heat through. Season with salt and fresh black pepper, and taste it to see if you need more lemon juice; rice dishes need lots of seasoning. Top the kedgeree with the egg quarters, garnish with more cilantro and serve the yogurt on the side.
- Like so many dishes, kedgeree will only get better hanging out in the fridge if you want to make it ahead.