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    mackerel with cumin potatoes and raita salad

    Make the most of mackerel with this interesting weeknight meal

    • Preparation time: 20 minutes
    • Cooking time: 30 minutes
    • Total time: 50 minutes 50 minutes

    Serves: 4


    • 3 tbsp essential Waitrose olive oil
    • ½ cucumber, chopped
    • 2½ cm fresh root ginger, cut into thin strips
    • 4 garlic cloves, sliced
    • ½ red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
    • ½ tsp ground turmeric
    • 1½ tbsp cumin seeds, crushed
    • 750g essential Waitrose new potatoes, halved lengthways
    • 4 mackerel fillets (fresh, or frozen and defrosted)
    • 2 essential Waitrose limes, 1 in wedges
    • Raita
    • 1 small red onion, finely sliced
    • 20g pack mint, roughly chopped
    • 250g essential Waitrose low fat natural yogurt
    • ½ red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped


    1. Heat 2 tbsp oil in a shallow, oven-proof pan; soften the ginger, garlic and the chilli for 2 minutes. Add the turmeric and 1 tbsp cumin seeds and season; cook for 2 minutes. Add the potatoes; stir and add 300ml water. Bring to the boil, cover, then bubble for 20 minutes, stirring halfway through, until the potatoes are tender and a little saucy underneath.
    2. Mix all the raita ingredients together; season.
    3. Preheat the grill to high. Slash each fish fillet through the skin 3 or 4 times. Season, sprinkle over the remaining cumin, then sit the fish on the potatoes, skin-side up. Drizzle with the remaining oil; grill for 5 minutes until the fish is cooked through. Sprinkle with the lime juice, then serve with the raita and lime wedges.

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    Drinks recommendation

    The exotic spices of the dish call for an qually beguiling wine - with it’s rich peach fruit, touch of ginger and crisp finish, this delightful Verdejo is a perfect choice.
    Palacio de Bornos Verdejo 2008/09 Rueda, Spain 42568 http://www.waitrosewine.com/230201491/Product.aspx


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