Isolation Challenge: Asma Khan's Bengali Fish Malaikari

Isolation Challenge: Asma Khan's Bengali Fish Malaikari

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Joining our Isolation Challenge is Chef Asma Khan! We find out what the owner of Darjeeling Express and the first British chef to be featured on Netflix's Chefs Table, is cooking at home right now... Asma's chosen stay at home recipe is a Bengali Fish Malaikari. This recipe can be made with most types of fish, so don't worry about getting Bengali Fish. It is a quick and easy curry, especially with Asma's expert tips to get that marbled effect with the coconut milk. This recipe is perfect for a stay at home, isolation pick me up, you'll be able to imagine you're dining at the amazing Darjeeling Express!

Macher Malaikari (Fish in Coconut Milk)


  • 4 halibut, plaice or tilapia fillets (approximately 750 g/1 lb 10 oz)
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 large white onions, thinly sliced into half moons
  • 1 tbsp garlic paste
  • 1½ tbsp fresh ginger paste
  • ¼ tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée (tomato paste)
  • 1 x 400-ml/14-fl oz tin full-fat coconut milk
  • A pinch of sugar
  • To garnish:
  • Green chillis, finely sliced
  • Coriander (cilantro) leaves, chopped

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