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Tandoori Charred Salmon and Vegetables
serves 2

Tandoori Salmon with BroccoliIngredients

  • 3/4 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
  • 2 medium cloves garlic, grated (about 2 teaspoons)
  • 1/2 small hot chili, sliced (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons Garam Masala
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil, plus more for the grill if grilling
  • Sea salt
  • 2 skinless salmon fillets, about 6 ounces each
  • 1 bunch asparagus, trimmed, or one head of broccoli, cut into spears and blanched for 2 minutes in salted boiling water
  • Cilantro or parsley, torn (optional)
  • Lemon wedges (optional)

Procedure

In a bowl, stir together the yogurt, ginger, garlic, chili, Garam Masala, 1 tablespoon vegetable oil, and salt to taste. Pat the salmon dry with a paper towel, and coat it with the yogurt mixture. Toss the asparagus or blanched broccoli in the same bowl to coat with the yogurt as well. Cover with plastic wrap and marinate in the fridge for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat a grill pan or grill over high heat, or preheat your broiler.

If grilling, lightly grease the grill with some vegetable oil. Wipe off excess marinade, then add salmon and vegetables and lemon quarters to grill. Grill salmon until well charred on both sides and medium in the center, 3 to 4 minutes on each side, removing asparagus or broccoli and lemon as it becomes tender (about 5 minutes total for the vegetables). Sprinkle with torn cilantro and serve with lemon wedges on a bed of rice.

If using the broiler, line a baking sheet with parchment. Arrange the salmon (no need to wipe off the extra marinade) and vegetables and lemon quarters in a single layer on the baking sheet, spread out as much as possible. Place under the broiler for 10 to 12 minutes for medium to well-done salmon. Arrange on a bed of rice and top with torn cilantro.

NOTETo blanch the broccoli, bring a big pot of water to a boil and season with salt.  Add the broccoli, making sure it’s completely submerged.  Cook for two minutes, then remove the broccoli from the hot water.  I then use this same boiling water to cook my bag of basmati rice!  You do NOT need to blanch the asparagus.

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