Smoked haddock kedgeree is a favourite dish of mine, due entirely to my love of smoked haddock and spice. The same cannot be said of Michelle, who for years has believed she hated fish and in particular smoked fish. I do love a challenge! Indeed this is why when I knew we were going to become Brand Ambassadors for Spice Kitchen, this dish sprang to mind immediately.
There are many variations as to the origin of this simply spiced rice dish. Its believed to be derived from the South Asian dish knichri, a comfort dish of lightly spiced rice and beans, ideal for spice fearing Brits in the early days of the Raj. However, it was the British who added the fish and egg to the dish, although in India likely to be fresh local fish, the smoked haddock a later addition. This dish was very much part of the Victorian breakfast table for the wealthy.
Without a doubt the success of this dish is down to the subtlety of the spicing, indeed this is further improved by having the freshest of spice available to you. Using Spice Kitchen spices, what we had was a beautiful plate of food. In particular, Michelle and I both commented upon the cardamon, which really came through, not overpowering in any way just beautifully aromatic. As with all spices, buy them in small quantities and often, thus ensuring they are always fresh.
I’ve played with this recipe a lot over the years and read many versions. Some add cream, which I’ve tried but don’t particularly enjoy. Furthermore there are many variations in terms of spice. For example some recipes suggest adding curry powder, however I believe this can overpower the fish. As a result of much playing with the recipe over the years, this is the way I like to eat it. Therefore what we have here is a delicately spiced fish, egg and rice dish that I would happily eat at any time of the day, equally good at dinner as it is at breakfast.
So, was the dish a success in terms of convincing Michelle that her dislike of smoked fish is a thing of the past? Finally after years of cooking for my friend, Michelle has come to the conclusion that she likes fish. Furthermore, this dish is one she’ll be making again!
Finally, the spices used in this recipe were provided courtesy of Spice Kitchen.
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