Fish Frikadel (Fish Cakes)
Come rain or sunshine fish frikadel served with dhal and or ‘gesmoorde’ tomato is our favourite meal on a Monday in our household. ‘Gesmoorde’ tomato is made similarly to marinara sauce.
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500g hake fillets or 3 tins tuna chunks, in brine, drained
2 slices of bread (preferably a couple of days old)
1 tablespoon cooking oil
1 medium onion, chopped
1/2 teaspoon garlic
1 medium tomato, chopped
1 teaspoon jeera/cumin powder
1 & 1/2 teaspoons leaf masala (curry powder)
1/2 teaspoon borrie/tumeric
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Salt to taste
Handful chopped parsley
1 medium egg
Cooking oil for shallow frying
Boil hake in enough water to cover for 5 – 10 minutes. Drain well and flake. If you using tin tuna, drain well before using.
Soak the bread in water for 10 minutes squeeze out all the water. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a saucepan, add the chopped onion. Braise until golden brown. Add tomato, garlic, lemon juice and spices, cook 5 minutes until all the spices are combined. Combine the fish, bread, spices with the rest of the ingredients. Shape into flat fish cakes. Shallow fry in medium to hot oil until brown, about 5 minutes on each side. Serve with white rice, dhal or gesmoorde tomato. Makes about 10 fish cakes ©capemalaycooking
2 cups of dhal washed and drain
Cook untill soft with 1tsp each of garlic, ginger, salt and turmeric approximately 20 – 30 minutes
Add water as needed
Meanwhile braise one large onion in a separate pan in;
1 Tbsp oil
1 Tbsp butter
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1 large tomato chopped in small pieces
Braise for about 5 – 7 minutes
When Dhal is soft and ready stir onion mixture into dhal.
Garnish generously with dhanya and a couple of mint leaves ( mint leaves are optional but it does give a lovely taste to the dhal) @capemalaycooking
Gesmoorde Tomato (Marinada)
Sauté a large peeled and chopped onion in a tbsp of oil. Add 2 finely chopped cloves of garlic, green chilli, 1 small chopped green pepper, 1/2 salt, 1/4 tsp dried mix herbs, 2-3 large red tomatoes. You may use 1 tin of chopped tomatoes instead of the fresh tomatoes. Add 1 tbsp tomato paste. Season and cook until well blended and the vegetables are soft. @capemalaycooking