Samke Harra (Garlic Fish)

[Quick Facts]
Main Ingredients: Cleaned scaled fish, garlic, pine nuts, vinegar, fresh coriander
Time Required: 2 hours
Serves: 4


  • 1 large fish (about 2 kg), cleaned, scaled, rubbed inside and out with salt
  • 1¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 heads garlic, peeled and sliced
  • 7 cups finely chopped fresh coriander
  • 1½ cup finely chopped onion
  • 1½ cup fried pine nuts
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • a dash of ground dried coriander
  • a dash of piquant red pepper
  • a dash of ground cumin
  • 1¾ cup lemon juice
  • Salt to taste
  • Instructions:

    (1) Fry fish in 1 cup hot oil over medium heat till golden on both sides. Reduce heat and fry till tender.

    (2) Remove bones. Put meat in a platter.

    (3) Fry chopped onion in 1/4 cup oil till soft. Stir in garlic, dry coriander, cumin, pepper and salt. Add lemon juice, vinegar, and some water to onion mixture. Cook until mixture thickens.

    (4) Stir in for 1 minute green coriander and half the quantity of fish. Remove from heat.

    (5) Serve rest of the fish with the mixture prepared above in a platter garnished with fried pine nuts and lemon wedges.

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