Kedgeree (Kitcheree)

Kedgeree (or Kitcheree) is traditionally a rice / lentil mixture, eaten for breakfast – but delicious anytime of the day. The British in India called the dish Kedgeree, with the fish and the hard-boiled eggs being a British addition to the dish.

The following recipe is taken from Jamie Oliver’s recipe, but good recipes are available in Felicity Cloake’s How to cook perfect kedgeree and in the book Anglo-Indian Food and Customs by Patricia Brown.


2 large free-range eggs

680 g undyed smoked haddock fillets , from sustainable sources, ask your fishmonger, pin-boned

2 fresh bay leaves

170 g long grain or basmati rice

sea salt

1 tablespoon pure butterghee

1 thumb-sized piece fresh ginger , peeled and grated

1 medium onion , or 1 bunch of spring onions, finely chopped

1 clove garlic , peeled and finely chopped

2 heaped tablespoons curry powder

1 tablespoon mustard seeds

2 tomatoes , deseeded and chopped

2 lemons , juice of

2 good handfuls fresh coriander , leaves picked and chopped

1 fresh red chilli , finely chopped

250g fat-free natural yoghurt


1. Boil the eggs for 10 minutes, then hold under cold running water.

2. Put the fish and bay leaves in a shallow pan with enough water to cover. Bring to the boil, cover and simmer for about 5 minutes, until cooked through. Remove from pan and leave to cool. Remove the skin from fish, flake into chunks and set aside.

3. Cook the rice in salted water for about 10 minutes and drain. Refresh in cold water, drain again, and leave in the fridge until needed.

4. Melt the butterghee in a pan over a low heat. Add the ginger, onion and garlic. Soften for about 5 minutes, then add the curry powder and mustard seeds. Cook for a further few minutes, then add the chopped tomatoes and lemon juice.

5. Quarter the eggs. Add the fish and rice to the pan and gently heat through. Add the eggs, most of the coriander and the chilli and stir gently. Place in a warm serving dish. Mix the rest of the coriander into the yoghurt and serve with the kedgeree.


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