Bill Granger recipe: Indian-style fishcakes with mango chutney and raita

Serves 6 as a nibble

These spicy little morsels are a real crowd-pleaser. I like to serve them as nibbles with drinks before moving on to a light curry.

1 tbsp light-flavoured oil
1 onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, chopped
2cm fresh ginger, grated
1 tsp ground cumin
1 green chilli, chopped
1 tsp garam masala
450g firm white fish
1 egg, lightly beaten
65g fresh white breadcrumbs
3 tbsp light-flavoured oil

For the raita

1 Lebanese cucumber, roughly grated
Handful coriander leaves, chopped
Handful mint leaves, chopped
3 tbsp natural yoghurt

For the mango chutney

1 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, sliced
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1cm ginger, finely sliced
1 large mango, peeled and chopped
3 tbsp caster sugar
3 tbsp cider vinegar

Start by making the mango chutney. Heat the olive oil in a small pan over a medium heat. Add the onion, garlic and ginger and cook for 5 minutes, until beginning to soften. Add the mango, sugar and vinegar and cook for 8 to 10 minutes, until thick and glossy. Season with salt and set aside to cool.

Now turn your attention to the raita. Wrap the grated cucumber in kitchen paper and squeeze out the water. Tip the cucumber into a bowl, season with salt and stir in the herbs and yoghurt. Set aside.

For the fishcakes, heat the oil in a frying pan over a medium heat. Add the onions and season with salt. Allow to soften for 6 minutes. Add the garlic, ginger, cumin, chilli and garam masala and cook for another 2 minutes. Set aside to cool. 

Place the fish in a large bowl and pour over boiling water from the kettle, until the fish is submerged. Cover with clingfilm and set aside for 10 minutes to poach. Drain and, once cooled, flake. Add to the cooled onion mixture with the egg and breadcrumbs. Shape into small 2cm-thick fishcakes. Heat the oil in a large frying pan over a high heat. Fry the fishcakes for 2 minutes on each side, until golden. Drain on kitchen paper and serve with the cucumber relish and mango chutney.

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