Indian Kedgeree Vegetarian Style
At The Shack where i currently work, my boss recently changed the menu. Everything looks absolutely fabulous and i am working my way through testing all the new dishes *lucky me!* however i obviously don’t eat any meat or fish which is restricting my choices a little bit… There is one fish dish in particular i am tempted to try. The Kedgeree, well i mainly find the name interesting plus it looks super delicious. I had never heard of this before so i asked Wikipedia about it:
” Kedgeree is thought to have originated with an Indian rice-and-bean or rice-and-lentil dish Khichri, traced back to 1340 or earlier. It is widely believed that the dish was brought to the UK by returning British Colonial who had enjoyed it in India and introduced it to the UK as a breakfast dish.”
”An alternative view is that the dish originated from Scotland and was taken to India by Scottish troops during the British Raj, where it was adapted and adopted as part of Indian cuisine.”
It traditionally involves curried rice, green peas, egg and some sort of smoked fish.
Here is my take on it.
What you need for 2 people:
- 1 Cup rice
- 1 Lemon
- 2 Free range eggs
- 1 Cup green peas (i had none so used leek instead)
- 1 Block of your favorite Tofu
- 2 Cloves Garlic
- Spices: Salt, Pepper, Curry, Garam Masala, Ginger, Chilli ground Coriander and Turmeric
- 1 Tsp coconut oil
How to go about it…
Get your rice going, stirring occasionally (check packet for instructions if you are not sure how). Then cut your tofu in thin slices and quickly pan fry it in the coconut oil and spice it using the above listed, then set aside. Half the lemon (cut off the ends on either side) and quickly ”grill” them in the still hot frying pan.
Add the green peas / leek, chopped garlic and spices to your rice, mixing it well. Let it simmer like that until the rice is fully cooked. Add tofu only just before you are ready as it goes all soggy otherwise! In the mean time, set up a pot of water to poach your two eggs. Now this takes some good time management as you want your eggs to be ready in the last possible moment! I got Sam to poach the eggs while i plated the rice, leaving some room in the middle for the egg. Place the lemon half on the side and off you go!
>>—> A side note, i call it vegetarian dish although some vegetarians do not eat eggs and some do! Make your own decision as always, it’s easy to just leave the egg out