This is one of the most successful dinners in our house as we all wolf it down (including my kids, who can be quite fussy), it is quick to prepare, saves on washing up and only costs about £3.50 for the whole dish. It is also extremely well balanced and healthy! Kedgeree is traditionally an Indian breakfast of fish, rice, hard boiled eggs, peas and curry powder that is believed to have been introduced to the UK by returning British colonels. I have replaced the smoked haddock with smoked mackerel as it is cheap and already cooked (plus my kids love it’s salty flavour), used garam masala spice (available at supermarkets) as it is gentle and sweet so kid friendly, and added spring onions for a little crunch. You can always use a stock cube instead of the garam masala. Try to remove any bones while you are tearing the mackerel (the bones tend to be pretty small so don’t worry too much about this). As an alternative to using fish, you could try canned chickpeas or cooked ham instead. The kedgeree is particularly delicious with a good shake of sweet chilli sauce or ketchup on top! One other top tip – smoked mackerel, peas and spring onions are also great in an omelette!
One-pot kedgeree (serves 4)
200g rice (long-grain/basmati/brown)
75g frozen peas
5 spring onions, chopped
200g smoked mackerel, torn up
Optional – 1-2 tsp garam masala (depending on how much you like it – I use 1 tsp which gives it a mild flavour) OR 1 vege stock cube, crumbled (I like OXO)
Start gently simmering the rice and add the eggs (still in their shells) together in one pan. Stir occasionally to avoid sticking. After 10 mins take out the eggs and add the peas and spring onions to the pan. Take the egg shells off and chop each egg in to 10 pieces. After a few mins more the rice, peas and spring onions should be cooked. Drain the mixture and add the eggs and torn mackerel. Add either the garam masala or crumbled stock cube and season with a little salt and pepper if you like (it doesn’t need much). Add a little butter/marge if it needs more moisture. Mix well and serve!