Sunday, June 12, 2011

Kedgeree fit for a memsahib

1. An Indian dish consisting chiefly of rice, lentils, onions, and eggs.
2. A European dish consisting chiefly of fish, rice, and hard-boiled eggs
If this google definition is to be believed, this here is the European version of kedgeree.

You can just imagine the Colonial residents in the age of the Raj tucking into kedgeree for breakfast, their cook having modified the traditional recipe with the addition of fish and boiled eggs to suit their Western tastes. When the recipe was transported back to Victorian England, smoked haddock was added to give it a more distinctive flavour.

I often cook simple rice dishes - fried rice, chorizo rice ('paella'), kedgeree - as a quick dinner. They are fantastic because when you throw in leftover bits and pieces, the dish comes together very easily. This is a prime example.

serves 2

2 eggs
25g butter
1 onion, finely chopped
1 cup long grain rice
1 red capsicum, deseeded, cut into 1cm pieces
1 tbs mild curry paste or curry powder
1/2 tsp ground turmeric
Salt and freshly ground pepper
500ml vegetable stock
100g smoked trout or smoked salmon, flaked into pieces

1. Cook the eggs in a saucepan of boiling water for 5 minutes. Drain, cool slightly, then peel and quarter.
2. Melt the butter in a saucepan over a medium heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until soft. Stir in the rice, capsicum, curry powder or paste and turmeric. Pour in the stock and a pinch of salt. Bring to the boil, cover and cook over a low heat for 15 minutes.
3. Remove the fish skin and discard. Flake the fish and stir through the rice. Season with salt and pepper. Cover and set aside for a further 5 minutes. Serve with the eggs.

recipe adapted from

Ingredients. Fish is not shown, but for this, I used smoked salmon

Wonderfully colourful kedgeree, with quartered soft-boiled eggs.


  1. mmm i love the look of the golden egg yolk centers!

  2. Oh us Westerners and our "need" to put meat in everything. I do love smoked salmon and trout though, so bring. It. On.

  3. Diggin the look of your eggs...nicely gooey. Great dish for a quick after work cook up.

  4. i also love quickie, spicy rice dishes. thanks for adding another one to my file. this looks perfect for weeknights after work!

  5. I want to make this for the longest time ever! Looks great.

  6. Fantastic recipe. I love Indian food.

  7. Smoked salmon rice ;-)) that says everything! I love the rice.

  8. Yum! Throw together meals are always the best :) this looks fab!

  9. I never had neither version of Kedgeree...and I like how it sounds and looks. Love the one dish meal...easy and delicious. Have a great week Bel :-)

  10. hehe when we were growing up my mum had this cookbook and it had kedgeree in it and I always asked her to make it for me but it was a bit too odd for my dad (who only eats certain food). But it's one of those dishes that has stuck in my mind to make one day! :)

  11. mmmh... egg porn!!!

    looks nice and healthy :)

  12. how beautiful. I like this, too and make it quite often :)