Chilli, candlenut fish mousse in banana leaf

By Amanda Laird

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Chilli, candlenut fish mousse in banana leaf. Photo / Babiche Martens
Chilli, candlenut fish mousse in banana leaf. Photo / Babiche Martens

Serves 4

500g white fish
2 birdseye chillies - plus one extra to slice for a garnish
2 shallots, peeled
4 candlenuts, chopped - plus 3 extra to garnish
2 cloves garlic, sliced
1 x 3cm piece of ginger, sliced
Juice and zest of 1 kaffir lime
2 kaffir lime leaves, shredded
2 tsp salt
2 tsp white sugar
1/4 cup coconut cream
1 egg
2 egg whites,
10 banana leaves - halved
Steamed rice to serve

Juice of two limes
1 Tbs sherry
1 tsp caster sugar
1 Tbs soy sauce

1 Roughly chop the fish.

2 Into the bowl of a food processor put the chillies, shallots, candlenuts, garlic, ginger, lime zest and juice, lime leaves, salt, sugar and coconut cream.

3 Heat a large saucepan of water and place the steamer on top.

4 Pulse the ingredients until combined. Add the fish and continue. Add the egg and egg whites then stop when all are well combined.

5 Light a naked flame either on the stove or barbecue. One at a time, hold each leaf in a pair of tongs and heat briefly just to soften.

6 Place on a bench and spoon 2 tablespoons of the mousse into the middle of each leaf then fold the leaves to make a parcel. Place into the steamer, fitting in as many parcels as you can without overcrowding. Cover and steam for 15 minutes.

7 Gently stir the sauce ingredients together. Serve the fish and rice with the sauce, adding extra sliced candlenuts and sliced chilli to garnish the dish if desired.

- NZ Herald

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