This is a simple, full of flavour dish that brings good memories of childhood racing back to my taste-buds. It is another of my favourite meals that Mama used to make.
Kedgeree is the result of an Anglo-Indian culinary mash-up and there are many variations of the dish available now. As neither of my parents ever cooked from recipes, I have recreated this from memory (and a little help from Mama’s memory of course).
The ingredients list seems odd and there are flavours that you may not expect to complement each other, but yet, not only does this combination work, it’s delicious.
The delicately spiced rice, the creamy smoked fish sauce, all topped with cheesy goodness – really, what is not to love? Oh and did I mention boiled eggs?
To top it all off, this is a super cheap dish which feeds a good troupe. My kids love it. Win, win, win!
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- 2 cups rice (cooked and cooled)
- 1 T olive oil
- 1-2 t curry powder (depending on level of spice desired)
- 1/2 c frozen peas
- salt & pepper to taste
- 50 grams butter
- 2 T plain flour
- 1 C milk
- salt & pepper to season
- 4 eggs, soft boiled (but not runny) and cut in quarters
- 1 tin of Sealord Chunky Style Fish Fillets (Smoked Flavour)
- 1 C grated cheese
- Heat oil in a fry pan over medium heat. Add onion and saute until soft and clear. Add curry powder and cook for 1-2 minutes, until fragrant.
- Add cooled rice and stir well. Add peas and continue stirring to cook. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Set aside.
- In a large pot, over medium heat, melt the butter.
- Add flour and using a whisk, mix well. Cook for 1 minute.
- Slowly add milk, stirring continually as mixture begins to thicken.
- Remove from heat and stir in the fish fillets, including liquid and the eggs.
- Preheat oven to 200 degrees Celsius.
- Transfer rice mixture into a large oven-proof casserole dish. Smooth the top.
- Pour the white sauce mixture over the rice.
- Cover with grated cheese.
- Cook in hot oven for 15-20 minutes, or until cheese is bubbling and golden.
- I use half brown, half white rice but you could use all of either colour with success.