Friday, January 29, 2010

Fish with Sesame Paste Sauce ("Samak Bil Tahina")

One of the best arabic dishes! Tahina sauce goes perfectly well with fish.

500 g. fillet of white fish (hammour)
Salt, pepper, olive oil
1/2 tahina (sesame seed paste)
1 cup water
juice from one lemon
1/2 onion chopped
2 cloves of garlic
Pomegranate seeds, pine nuts, green onions

1. Prepare fish: wash, discard any left over bones, pat dry, season from both sides and drizzle with olive oil.
2. Bake in preheated to 180 C oven for 10-15 minutes. Time depends on if you cook one big peace or two smaller ones. Do not over bake.
3. Prepare sauce: mix tahina, lemon juice and water and bring to a light boil, just to dissolve the paste. In another skillet fry some onions with garlic in 1 Tbsp. of olive oil, add to tahina mixture and mix well.
4. Remove fish from the oven and spread tahina sauce over it. Place back to the oven for another 10-15 minutes.
5. Garnish with fried pine nuts and green onions on top.

Sahten! :-)

PS: for side dish i made some basmati rice with turmeric and raisins:
1. Wash 2 cups of basmati rice until water will become clear. Let it drain in a sieve for 30 minutes.
2. Heat some olive oil in heavy pan and fry rice for 2 minutes until coated well in oil and extra liquid evaporated.
3. Add 3 cups of boiling salted water and close the lead, leave on law heat for 10 minutes.
4. Open the lead and quickly drizzle 1 tsp. of turmeric over rice, close the lead again and cook for another 5 minutes or until rice cooked through and fluffy.
5. In small skillet heat 1 Tbs. of olive oil, add washed and dried raisins and fry for a minute.
6. Add to rice and mix all together before serving. Or just drizzle over rice on serving plate.

1 comment:

  1. Marhaba Elena

    this is one of my favourite.. Love Samak bi Tahini which we call it Tajine Samak...
    Lucky you have salt water fish to enjoy this..

    great posting