4 x 150–200g/5½–7oz haddock fillet, skin-on and pin-boned
For the batter
2 tsp chilli powder
1 tbsp caster sugar
1 tsp cumin seeds, roasted and ground
½ tsp nigella seeds
½ tsp carom seeds
1 tsp salt
150ml/5fl oz malt vinegar
For the gobhi kempu
2 tbsp vegetable oil, plus extra for deep-frying
10 fresh curry leaves
1 tsp black mustard seeds
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 red onion, finely chopped
2 green chillies, slit lengthways and cut into 2cm/¾in pieces
handful purple sprouting broccoli
½ red pepper, seeds removed and cut into 1cm/½in dice
2.5cm/1in piece of fresh ginger, peeled and finely chopped
½ tsp salt
½ tsp caster sugar
juice of ½ lemon
2 tbsp natural yoghurt, whisked (optional)
fresh coriander leaves, to garnish
200g/7oz natural yoghurt
pinch ground turmeric
2 tbsp vegetable oil
pinch nigella seeds
pinch carom seeds
Lightly salt the haddock and leave to rest for 30 minutes.
To make the batter, put the cornflour in a bowl and add the remaining ingredients to make a thick batter.
Heat the deep-frying oil to 180C in a deep-fat fryer or a deep, heavy-based saucepan. (CAUTION: hot oil can be dangerous. Do not leave unattended.) Dip the haddock peices in the batter, letting the excess drip off, and deep-fry for about 3 minutes, until crisp and golden brown. Transfer to kitchen paper to drain and keep hot.
Heat the oil in a frying pan. Add the curry leaves, mustard seeds, garlic, onion, chilies, broccoli and peppers and stir-fry over a high heat for 2 minutes. Add the fried haddock, the ginger, salt and sugar and continue stir-frying for 2 minutes. Squeeze in the lemon juice, whisked yoghurt (if using) and sprinkle with the fresh coriander.
To serve, put the yoghurt and turmeric in a bowl and mix well. Heat the oil in a small frying pan and add the seeds. Once they start popping, tip them onto the yoghurt. Serve the gobhi kempu and haddock with the yoghurt.
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