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Curried Trout in Banana Leaves

with Cucumber and Melon Yogurt

Curried Trout in Banana Leaves

Curried Trout in Banana Leaves - Indian-style fish dish prepared the authentic way

306
calories
Calories
30 min.
Preparation
1 hr
Ready in
moderate
Difficulty

Ingredients

for 4 servings
4 stalks Lemongrass
3 tablespoons spicy Curry powder
2 tablespoons Vegetable oil
1 Lime
Salt
Pepper
4 Trout (about 325 grams, ready to cook)
14 ounces Banana leaf
1 small Cucumber
½ small Honeydew melon
11 ounces Yogurt (low-fat)
5 sprigs Mint
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Kitchen utensils

1 Baking sheet, 1 Bowl, 1 Small bowl, 1 Cutting board, 1 Large knife, 1 Small knife, 1 Tablespoon, 1 Peeler, 1 Kitchen twine, 1 Parchment paper

Preparation steps

Curried Trout in Banana Leaves preparation step 1
1

Trim both ends of lemongrass, peel tough outer layer and cut stalk in half lengthwise. Mix curry powder with oil. Squeeze juice from lime. Mix 1 tablespoon juice into the curry and reserve remaining juice. Season oil with salt and pepper.

Curried Trout in Banana Leaves preparation step 2
2

Rinse the trout inside and out in cold water and pat dry. Tuck 2 lemongrass halves in each abdominal cavity. Rub the trout inside and out with curry oil.

Curried Trout in Banana Leaves preparation step 3
3

Cut banana leaves into 4 pieces, about 50 x 25 cm (approximately 20 x 10 inches), rinse and pat dry. 

Curried Trout in Banana Leaves preparation step 4
4

Place fish on the bright side of banana leaves.

Curried Trout in Banana Leaves preparation step 5
5

Wrap fish in banana leaf, place seam side up and tie into a bundle with kitchen twine. Place bundles on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and sprinkle with a little water. Bake on lowest rack of preheated oven at 200°C (fan: 180°C, gas: mark 3) (approximately 400°F) for 25-30 minutes.

Curried Trout in Banana Leaves preparation step 6
6

Meanwhile, peel cucumber, halve lengthwise, remove seeds and cut flesh into 1 cm (approximately 1/2-inch) cubes.

Curried Trout in Banana Leaves preparation step 7
7

Peel melon, remove seeds and cut into 1 cm (approximately 1/2-inch) cubes.

Curried Trout in Banana Leaves preparation step 8
8

Combine yogurt and reserved lime juice with cucumber and melon in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper.

Curried Trout in Banana Leaves preparation step 9
9

Rinse mint, shake dry, pluck leaves and chop finely. Mix with the yogurt mixture.

Curried Trout in Banana Leaves preparation step 10
10

Remove fish bundles from the oven, remove the twine and open banana leaves. Pull on the dorsal fin: If it removes easily, the fish is finished cooking. Otherwise, return to oven and cook for a couple more minutes. Serve fish with the cucumber and melon yogurt.

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