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Last night for dinner I made Nigella's Asian-Spiced Kedgeree from Nigella Bites. My husband doesn't like salmon much (unless it's smoked, then he wolfs it down) and I've trying to find recipes that will make him eat it without grumbling. This is that recipe.

It's pretty simple. Salmon fillets are poached in the oven in water with Kafir lime leaves for about 15 minutes.

The rest of the dish is softish hard-boiled eggs quartered and a pilaf of basmati rice, onions, ground coriander and cumin and turmeric is made by sauteeing the rice in butter and oil along with the onions, spices added and whole thing covered and steamed until the rice is done.

When the rice is done you flake the salmon and add it to the rice along with the eggs, chopped cilantro, lime juice (I only had lemon but that was fine) and a couple of drops of fish sauce.

This is just delicious and very quick. I hadn't heard the word "kedgeree" since the Two Fat Ladies went off the air.

Oh, if you have the book, it's on p. 14. It's probably on-line somewhere, too.

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  1. Yes, I agree oakjean, I've made it several times and it's really good. My mum always made kedgeree for supper on Christmas Eve though she made it with smoked haddock (which I can rarely find in the USA). Anyway, I prefer Nigella's salmon version.

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    1. re: JaneEYB

      If you have a Whole Foods near you, try asking them to order smoked haddock for you. I've had them do so.

      I love kedgeree.

    2. I'll need to search for this online. All the other recipes for kedgeree call for at least one ingredient I don't have and would find too expensive or difficult to obtain.

      Though kafir lime leaves would be a hassle for me to find right now (due to time and transportation issues). Are there any alternatives for kafir lime leaves? Can I just use a little bit of lime/lemon juice or would that completely alter the taste?

      I've always wanted to make/eat kedgeree ever since I first saw it on Two Fat Ladies all those years ago! Though to be honest, the Two Fat Ladies version sounds a lot more delicious and bad for you. Heh.

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      1. re: yfunk3

        http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ni...
        online recipe.

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vn3soB...
        Kedgeree comes in around 2:33 with haddock, those two are such a delight to watch.

        1. re: yfunk3

          IMO kafir leaves are a strange addition anyway, I've never used them or cilantro. Certainly a little lemon juice to taste would work, and even if you can't get smoked haddock, 'hot smoked' salmon would be preferable to fresh. And where's the cream????

          1. re: yfunk3

            i always make it with lime zest instead, plus some fish sauce right into the poaching liquid.

          2. Jamie Oliver made a kedgeree with his dad last week on his christmas food show on cooking channel. It seemed interesting. BTW, the Two Fat Ladies can be seen on Saturday nights on the cooking channel if you're interested.