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Salmon Chowder with an Indian Twist!

This is cross between Kerala-style vegetable stew and Salmon chowder. Smoked salmon works best for this recipe, but regular high-quality salmon is also good. A little crisp-fried bacon added as a garnish can make the chowder even better! Take care not to overcook the salmon. Also, chicken stock can be used instead of fish stock.

Ingredients

  • Fresh salmon chopped into cubes: 600 g
  • Cauliflower florets: 1 cup
  • Carrots cubed: ½ cup
  • French beans chopped: handful
  • Fresh peas: handful
  • Potato cubed: 1 cup
  • Bay leaf: 1
  • Star anise: 2
  • Cinnamon: 1
  • Green cardamom: 3
  • Mustard seeds: ¼ tsp
  • Curry leaves small-sized: 20
  • Black peppercorns: 10
  • Onions chopped: 1.5 cup
  • Garlic paste: ½ tsp
  • Ginger julienne: 1 tsp
  • Coconut milk: 1 tall glass
  • Homemade fish stock mixed with ½ tsp salt: 2 cups
  • Celery chopped: ½ cup
  • Butter: 2 tbsp
  • Refined flour: 1 tbsp
  • Milk: 1 cup
  • Fresh cream: 200 ml
  • Lemon zest: 1 tsp
  • Salt: 1.5 tsp
  • Freshly ground pepper: for seasoning
  • Water: 2 cups
  • Oil: 2 tbsp
  • Sugar ½ tsp

Instructions

  • Heat oil and half the butter together. Add the bay leaf, mustard seeds, cinnamon, green cardamoms, peppercorns and the star anise. After a few seconds, add the onions and the curry leaves, and sprinkle a little salt. Sauté the onions, until soft. Add the garlic paste, potato and the carrots. Cook for 5 min. then add the rest of the vegetables, along with the rest of the salt. After the veggies are sautéed for about 7 min, add half of the coconut milk. Cook covered, stirring occasionally, until the veggies are cooked, but firm: about 5 min.
  • In a small bowl, using a fork, make a paste of the remaining butter and the refined flour. Add this paste to the vegetables to make a roux.
  • Add the stock, sugar and the lemon zest and stir. Cook for 5 min.
  • Add the cream and the remaining coconut milk now. Add water and stir once. Scatter the ginger over the simmering soup. Cover and cook for 3 min. Stir once and add the cubed salmon, and just cook for 2 min.
  • Remove the pan from the gas, stir the chowder once and serve with freshly ground pepper.