Curry Ginger Salmon with Apricot-Studded Rice and Cumin Carrot Coins

Spring 2006
food and drink

BY: Emily Richards

It's easy to whip up tasty curry dishes by keeping a jar of curry paste in your refrigerator. Try adding it to a piece of chicken or pork to jazz up your next meal. Here it creates a spicy hit of flavour. Try this rub with fresh large sea scallops and sauté in a hot skillet.

2 tsp (10 mL) vegetable oil
1 tsp (5 mL) mild curry paste
1 tsp (5 mL) minced fresh ginger
¼ tsp (1 mL) black mustard seeds
1 boneless centre-cut salmon fillet, skinned
½ cup (125 mL) water
¼ cup (50 mL) basmati rice
2 dried apricots, thinly sliced
1 tbsp (15 mL) grated zucchini (optional)
2 tsp (10 mL) butter
1 tbsp (15 mL) chopped fresh coriander

1.  Preheat oven or toaster oven to 425ºF (220ºC).

2.  Whisk together oil, curry paste, ginger, mustard seeds and pinch of salt in small bowl. Add salmon and turn to coat well.

3.  Roast salmon on small parchment-paper-lined baking sheet for 12 minutes or until fish flakes easily when tested.

4.  Bring water, rice and pinch of salt to boil in small saucepan. Reduce heat to low and cover and steam for 10 minutes or until water is absorbed. Remove from heat and add apricots and zucchini. Cover and let stand for 5 minutes. Add butter and fluff with fork.

5.  Place rice on dinner plate and top with salmon fillet. Sprinkle with coriander and serve with carrot coins.

Cumin Carrot Coins
1 large carrot
1 tbsp (15 mL) butter
½ tsp (2 mL) ground cumin
¼ cup (50 mL) chicken or vegetable stock
Salt and pepper

1. Peel and slice carrot into thin coin slices.

2. Heat butter in small nonstick skillet over medium heat until melted. Add cumin and carrot slices. Stir to coat.

3. Add chicken stock, pinch each of salt and pepper and bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes or until tender-crisp.