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Sunday, 22 August 2010

Tandoori Tuna

I had a day out with my friend yesterday, it did involve lunch which included a divine Gingerbread Chocolate Fondant served with toffee sauce and vanilla icecream in a tuille basket - it was to die for!  I didn't take a photo (sorry).  However, my DH went shopping for something for our meal today and came back with tuna steaks.  

Now I do love fish, but I have never really liked fresh tuna, so not something I would have bought.  Anyway I thought I should give them another go and looked for a gutsy flavoured recipe that would allow the tuna flavour to come through but not be the only taste.  I've never really been good on oily fish.

I found this Tandoori Tuna recipe in my Good Housekeeping Cookery Book, it involved marinating the tuna for a few hours in a homemade Tandoori paste.

Then simply cooking it in a hot pan for  for a few minutes and leaving it to rest for another 5 minutes.

4 Tuna Steaks, each about 150g (5oz)
30ml (2tbsp) tomato paste
15mil (1tbsp) oil
15 ml (1tbsp) lemon juice
5ml (1tsp) grated fresh root ginger
1 garlic clove, peeled and crushed
10ml (2tsp) ground coriander
5ml (1tsp) chilli powder
5ml (1tsp) ground cumin
salt & pepper

150ml (1/4 pint) Greek-style yogurt
15ml (1 tbsp) choppped fresh mint
50g (2oz) peeled cucumber, deseeded and grated
pinch of sugar

1 Wash and dry the tuna steaks and place in a shallow dish.  Mix the tomato paste with the oil, lemon juice, giner, garlic, coriander, chilli powder, cumin and 5ml (1tsp) salt.  Spread the mixtue all over the tuna steaks, ocver and leve to marinate in a cool place for 2 hours.

2 Meanwhile make the raita. Combine all the ingrfedients in a bowl and seaon with salt and pepper to taste; set aside.

3. Brush a griddle or heavy-bsed frying pan with a little oil and place over a ghigh heat. When hot, add the tuna steaks and cook for 2 minutes, then turn and cook the other side for 2 minutes.  Remove from the pan and leave to rest in a warm place for 5 minutes. 

The recipe suggests serving with naan bread and aubergine chips, but our tuna steaks were so large, we just had french beans with the tuna and raita.  I really enjoyed it and would definitely make this again.

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At 22 August 2010 at 21:24 , Anonymous MaryMoh said...

Love all the spices used. This tuna must be very delicious. Would be very good with rice or nan....mmm

At 23 August 2010 at 02:00 , Blogger GratefulPrayerThankfulHeart said...

This sounds so good with the tandoori sauce! You could finish the meal with the delicious Coffee birthday cake :) It looks really good! I baked a TWD recipe today that will be posted this week. It is a coffee shortbread. Your cake looks better :)

At 23 August 2010 at 10:14 , Anonymous Catherine said...

My colleague keeps telling me I should try fresh tuna; I don't know why I've been so wary of it, cos this dish looks gorgeous! I'll have to take the plunge and give it a try.

At 25 August 2010 at 11:59 , Blogger Wendy@The Omnivorous Bear said...

That looks fantastic Janice... I must try that next time I spot tuna for sale.

At 27 August 2010 at 17:57 , Blogger The imPerfect Housewife said...

You know, I've never had fresh tuna before now that I think about it. Of course I've had it from a can but never fresh - I heard it does taste different. That recipe looks like something I'd love though!!! You should come over and make it for me. HA HA Hope you have a good weekend and I'll talk to you soon ~ ā™„

At 2 September 2010 at 01:56 , Blogger Shi said...

I've never tasted something like this tandoori tuna!
I would love to try this...
I am in love with your blog! :)

At 7 September 2010 at 12:27 , Blogger chow and chatter said...

wow this looks amazing great recipe he he yep we get around


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