Sunday, January 15, 2012

Jamie's Food Revolution - Salmon Tikka w/Cucumber Yogurt

Last weekend I tried another recipe out of Jamie's Food Revolution book (previous post found here).  Again - I love this book.  I originally heard about Jamie from Big Box Detox and decided to pick it up on her recommendation.  I like it for lots of reasons but mostly because, A: his whole concept and vision is wonderful.  If you are not familiar with Jamie Oliver, check out his site here.  And B: because, as I mentioned before, the recipes are delicious! and intricate enough to make me feel like I'm gettin' a little fancy, but not too crazy that I'm just overwhelmed and the book just ends up collecting dust.

This time I tried his "Quick Salmon Tikka with Cucumber Yogurt".  Delish!  And super easy.

Here are your ingredients (serves 2):

  • 2 x 7-oz. salmon fillets (skin on, scaled, bones removed)
  • 2 naan breads or flatbreads
  • 1 fresh red chile
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1/4 cup natural yogurt
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 or 3 sprigs of fresh cilantro
  • 1 heaped tablespoon tandoori, or mild curry past (such as Patak's)
  • olive oil
Note: I know that's not a chile pepper.  We only went to our local chain grocer and they did not have any so we just picked out another (probably milder) pepper to use.  I'm not a big fan of the spicy spicy anyway.

(Preheat your oven to 225° F.)

1. First, halve your cucumber and scoop out the seeds.  Coarsely chop it up put most of it into a small mixing bowl.  (The remaining bits are used as garnish on top of the dish when you're done.)

2. Finely chop the pepper.  Again - most into the bowl, little bit left for topper.

3. Halve your lemon and squeeze the juice into a small bowl.  Word to the wise - don't squeeze directly into your cukes & peppers.  (Because somebody may have done that.  And that somebody may have had to pick lemon seeds all outta her bowl.)  Also - I used all the juice from the 1/2 lemon like the recipe says - and I thought it was a bit much.  A quarter would probably do, with the rest sliced for the table if more is needed.

4. Add your yogurt, and pinch of salt and pepper.

5. Mix it.  Mix it real good.  ;)  At this point, you can put your flatbreads in the oven to toast.  You can leave them in there until you're ready to serve.

6. Now for the salmon.  Slice each fillet across lengthways into about three 1/2" wide strips.

7. Spoon some tandoori paste into a small dish and smear your strips in the stuff.  I used a basting brush.  The recipe suggests the back of a spoon works well too.  (Note: Do not double dip into your jar!)

8. Heat your frying pan up until it's nice and hot then add a glug of olive oil.  Put your salmon in and cook about 1-2 minutes on each side until cooked through.  (Don't be flippin your salmon back and forth either - it'll break apart.  Once on each side and that's it.) (Note: Those lighter salmons were extra we had - I was just cooking them up to eat for the next day.)

9.  To serve, set your plates up, lay a flatbread on first, then a nice fat spoonful of the yogurt mix, then the salmon, then garnish with a few naked cukes, peppers and some cilantro leaves.  YUM!

This dish turned out really well.  It was yummy, filling, healthy...and it was pretty!  And even though your kitchen will smell a bit curryish for a couple days, I highly recommend it.  Let me know if you try it!


StasaLynn said...

I love a curryish smelling kitchen. Thanks for sharing!

A.A Van Hoof said...

I have the same book and it's a favourite in this house! Have you tried his chicken fajita recipe yet? I never new how awesome smoked paprika was. You gotta try it.

Cassandra of Pooknflip said...

You're welcome, StasaLynn. :) I know - it's so warm and tasty!

Awesome, Amy! No, I haven't tried that one yet. I'm working through the book little by little...I tried the sweet and sour pork last week too - so good!! I do love me some fajitas - I'll try that one for sure! Thanks!

Loveforfood said...

i would love to try these.

Cassandra of Pooknflip said...

Go for it! I definitely recommend this dish. Let me know what you think! :)

Karen said...

We LOVE this cookbook! We make the chicken stroganoff quite regularly. All that yummy fresh parsley is just divine.

Cassandra of Pooknflip said...

Mmmm! I haven't tried the stroganoff yet. Another recommendation to try! Sounds like a lot of people really like this book.