Masala fish: Real, real life cooking

Mallika Basu - Masala fish: Real, real life cooking

Posted 6th September 2007

masala-fish.jpgI am astounded by the BBC’s double standards.

First, they get one of the most glamorous celebrity chefs to front a new programme on real-life cooking, forcing the wealthy advertising mogul’s wife to sack her housekeeper and do her own laundry.

As if this wasn’t bad enough, she also has to travel to the supermarket to do her own food shopping. Thank god for taxis and the upmarket Waitrose.

And then there’s the outrageous menu.

While the British Government peddles fears about an obesity crisis, we are lovingly shown how to create deep-fried suppers with garlic mayonnaise and a heavy mustard cream sauce to accompany pan-fried pork chops.

As the cream submerged the meat, the presenter sultrily said “comforting, elegant and easy”. Fattening came to mind.

What a disservice courtesy the nation’s public service broadcaster!

Here are my thoughts for the BBC’s future cooking programming: Real life cooking is done by real life people, who:

  • Have full-time jobs, unpaid at home and paid at work, both exhausting
  • Take public transport to food shops or drive – both are fraught with difficulty
  • Are increasingly worrying about their diets and meals

I switched the programme off when the caramel croissant pudding was flagged up and made masala fish for dinner.

It takes 20 minutes to prepare and you can eat it with any vegetables or a salad. Real life cooking by a really normal person.

This recipes serves 2:

2 skinless and boneless fish fillets (I used salmon)

Juice of half a lemon

1 tsp chilli powder

1 tsp turmeric powder

Salt to taste

1 tsp butter (I used margarine that tastes like butter)

Turn the grill on to preheat it to a medium heat. In a little bowl combine the lemon juice, salt, turmeric and chilli powders to make a strong marinade.

Line a baking tray with kitchen foil and place the fish fillets on top. Drizzle the marinade all over and leave to rest for five minutes.

Then put half a teaspoon of butter on each fillet and place the baking tray under the grill for 10-12 minutes until the fish is cooked through but still moist.

I ate this with the jeera aloo I made earlier.

17 responses to “Masala fish: Real, real life cooking”

  1. Shammi says:

    Yeah, always irritates me how the celeb chefs on cookery shows blithely use utensils and pans and things right left and centre, in the certain knowledge that THEY wont be doing any cleaning up! 🙂

  2. bee says:

    celebrity cooking is as far from reality as you can imagine. the 30-minute crap that rachael ray dishes out in the u.s. takes an hour and a half with prep and cleanup and tastes like shyte. atleast nigella’s food tastes good, i’m hoping.

  3. sia says:

    LOL mallika… thats exactly the things i was thinking of when i saw her deep fry.. what a fattening things she was whipping. did u watch indian cooking made easy? what a joke it was… i am still unable to understand why i continue to watch this S%$&*^ program!!! i wonder…

  4. Asha says:

    NEVER trust a skinny cook!:D
    One girl on FoodTV here puts food in her mouth and says “Mmm!!” and the camera goes off to ad.I have never seen her swallow!
    Other one says “Mmm!!”, BEFORE the food goes in her mouth! OYY!!:D
    Masla fish looks yum! Simple and healthy.

  5. You just totally crack me up Mallika! I love this fish recipe. Sounds divine!

  6. Happy cook says:

    Yeah i do agree with you.
    I watches last monday Nigelias Express, i wanted to go to the tv and five her a bask smilling all the way throught the programme.
    I was telling to myself if i get paid so much i would be also smiling the whole programme
    Great recipe

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  8. [[..nafesa..]] says:

    heyaa doin dis competition fing ryte n im trynaa owta ya masala recipe 4 ih..ih lukz soo gud n juz d ryte wann..fankz 4 makin suchaa delicious recipeee..x

  9. Jacqueline says:

    This looks lovely. As I am in an apartment with no grill access, I’d like to try this in my oven – any idea what temperature would roughly translate to “medium-hot” in an oven?

  10. aiQUANT says:

    This one looks easy… I’m going to try it today!

  11. Vishnu says:

    Mallika i added this recipe page to my favourites about a month ago and i tried it today! I just ate a piece and its just fantastic!! Extremely simple to make, healthy and delicous….yummy yummy…cant type anymore..i’m off to wolf down the remaining pieces!! Thanks a lot for the recipe!

  12. This fish recipe you’ve got here looks so yummy. Indeed I’ll take note of this recipe and give it a try this weekend. The family is a huge fish lover and they will love this recipe. Thanks:)

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  14. Meghna says:

    Hi Mallika
    I am going to try this recip since I dont have a grill am gonna do it in the oven – can u guide me with the temperature settings and timings? Thanks.

  15. I like the recipe and will try it in my toaster oven wrapped in foil.

  16. ILOVEFOOD says:

    where’s the masala?

  17. Goswami says:

    Good one.. Need such healthy baked food fast easy n healthy

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