Image: A fishy business

Mallika Basu - Image: A fishy business

Posted 22nd August 2007

fish-small.jpgI am still recovering. One Sunday and three hectic work days later.

Alarm bells should have gone off when I read about the clientele “comprising of [sic] local Chelsea socialites and fashionable 20 / 30-somethings from surrounding media, production and design companies”.

But there we were. Asian Invasion 2007 of a bunch of under age, middle class toffs in the sans public transport wilderness that is Fulham, South West London. With a handful of French, Israeli and English party going friends thrown in for good measure.

Just as the night of lychee-mojito-drinking and outrageous dancing was drawing to a close, the manager decided to have a strong word with me. It was about the bad image I was portraying by resting my aching legs on the table 15 minutes before closing time.

Bad image? Mate – look around you. There are men and woman being sick and falling on their faces all over the dance floor! This is a nightclub, not a temple…

The following day, as I lifted the rock that was previously my head – I realised two things. 1) I am too old for this and 2) I need some serious TLC to get my body back from the brink.

So I did what I hardly ever do. I cooked fish. A whole rainbow trout – complete with head, fins and eyes. The healing power of oily fish needs no introduction and this delicious recipe takes barely 25 minutes from start to finish.

We made some channa salad on the side and ate most of it for dinner, saving some for leafy salad lunch at work the next day. It was heavenly and just what the doctor ordered. You may need to save this one for when recovery is of the essence.


This recipe serves two:

2 whole rainbow trouts, washed well

100 gm fresh coriander leave (a large bunch)

4 whole green chillies

4 garlic cloves

Quarter cup mustard oil

Juice of 1 lemon

Salt to taste

Preheat the grill to a medium heat.

In a blender, puree all the ingredients together bar the fish. Coat the fish evenly with the thick green masala and grill for 10 minutes on either side.

8 responses to “Image: A fishy business”

  1. Asha says:

    OH! I can imagine your feet up the table and the bartender or whoever snarling at you!!:D
    Hope that fish helped you though!:))

  2. Tammi says:

    I live on a lake, we catch rainbow trout and eat them within hours, this is an interesting new way of cooking them. Thank you!

  3. sukanya says:

    Hi First time to ur blog….. Ur fish is looking great…. Nice picture…

  4. Mangs says:

    comment unrelated, but last night i hosted dinner for five and made the following:

    aubergine raita
    masoori’r dal
    butter paneer
    jeera pulao

    imagine!!! they loved it and they were a virgin audience, didn’t know what paneer was even. 🙂

  5. Wendy says:

    I’m outraged for you at this bartender. Pah.
    Love rainbow trout – hardly ever cook it. Would like some now.
    By the by, the summer I was crowing about has vanished.

  6. Mallika says:

    No way Mangs – that sounds brilliant! What a feast and I’m so glad it came out out.

    Thanks ladies. I am off to Cannes tonight, had enough of surly bar managers and awful weather!!

  7. Anita says:

    I bet Cannes is going to be worth holding off on the poori-bhaji…and more!
    That is such a simple way with the fish – I might have to try it with surmai…

  8. dolly says:

    cant believe u actually cooking yummy whole fish fins , head an all and actually relishing it , u have fianally grown up baby . three cheers to blogging . ha ha ha

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