Spiced Codfish with Roasted Eggplant Puree and Tomato Essence with Curry Onion Rings

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  • Total: 1 hr 45 min
  • Prep: 1 hr 15 min
  • Cook: 30 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Eggplant Puree:

8 Japanese eggplants, halved lengthwise

1/2 cup olive oil

Salt and freshly ground pepper

1 head garlic, roasted

1/4 cup finely chopped cilantro

1 lemon, juiced

1/4 cup tahini

Tomato-Fennel Essence:

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 Spanish onion, finely sliced

2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

1 tablespoons whole fennel seeds, ground

1 cup white wine

3 cups fresh tomato juice

2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

Salt and freshly ground pepper


2 tablespoons harissa

1 lemon, juiced

1/4 cup olive oil

4 cod fillets, about 6 ounces each, skin on

Salt and freshly ground pepper


  1. Eggplant Puree: Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Rub eggplants with olive oil and season with salt and pepper to taste. Place on a baking sheet and roast in the oven until soft, about 20 to 25 minutes. Using a spoon, remove the flesh of the eggplants and put into the bowl of a food processor. Add the garlic, cilantro, lemon juice, tahini and 1/4 cup of the olive oil and process to a smooth consistency. Pass through a chinois into a bowl and season with salt and pepper.
  2. Tomato-Fennel Essence: Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the onions and garlic and cook until soft. Add the fennel and cook for 2 minutes. Increase heat to high, add the wine and the tomato juice and cook until reduced by half. Add the parsley, lemon juice and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Codfish: Whisk together the harissa, lemon juice and olive oil in a small bowl. Place the cod in a medium shallow baking dish. Pour the marinade over and turn to coat. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator for 1 hour. Preheat broiler. Remove cod from marinade and season on both sides with salt and pepper and place on a baking sheet. Broil on each side for 3 to 4 minutes on each side.
  4. Curry Onion Rings: 2 cups flour 2 tablespoons Madras curry powder Salt 3 large onions, sliced thinly
  5. Combine flour, curry powder and salt in a bowl and mix well. Toss onions in the flour mixture. Fry until golden brown. Drain on a paper towel lined plate.