Tilapia Masala

Tilapia Masala | windykitchen

So I usually make sure to steer clear of talking politics on this blog, and I have to imagine you all appreciate that. But recent circumstances have changed such that I have to speak up: apparently if this government shutdown occurs, us DC-ians will lose out on having our trash collected.*

Not cool, Congress!

I suppose the good news is that it doesn’t sound like trash collection would stop completely — just that it would be cut back/done less frequently. And if you really want to search for the good news, at least this is happening in the Pinterest age, when I can surely find something useful to make with all those toilet paper rolls, milk jugs, bean cans, and yogurt containers, right?

One thing’s for sure, though. If this no-more-trash-collection thing actually happens, I’ll be taking fish off the dinner menu until further notice. Man oh man oh man there is nothing that stinks worse than a trash can with a piece of fish in it.

So, if you live in the District, avert your eyes. And if you don’t, here’s some yummy fish!

*also, the National Parks would close! Lame!

Tilapia Masala | windykitchen

TILAPIA MASALA (slightly adapted from Food Network)

1 cup uncooked couscous
Kosher salt
1/2 cup frozen peas
3/4 cup plain yogurt
1 garlic clove, chopped
1 1-inch piece ginger, peeled and chopped
1 tbsp  fresh lime juice, plus lime wedges for serving
1/4 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
4 6-ounce tilapia fillets
1 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro

1. Cook couscous according to package instructions. Once done, remove from heat and add in peas; cover and set aside.
2. In food processor, puree 1/2 cup yogurt, garlic, ginger, lime juice, cumin, cayenne, and 3/4 tsp salt. Transfer all but 3 tbsp of the mixture to a large bowl. Pierce tilapia fillets a few times with a fork and season with salt; add to bowl and toss. Marinate 15 minutes.
3. Preheat broiler. Place tilapia on broiler pan; top with yogurt marinade. Broil until fish is opaque, 6 to 8 minutes. Mix remaining reserved 3 tbsp of yogurt mixture with 1/4 cup yogurt, cilantro, and salt to taste. Serve fish and couscous with yogurt sauce and lime wedges.

Please don’t stop collecting the trash! I don’t have a car to drive mine into Maryland! 🙂

Tilapia Masala | windykitchen

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3 thoughts on “Tilapia Masala

  1. So, even though the recipe looks quite yummy, I have to admit to being a trifle disappointed. I read Tilapia Marsala (as in a wine sauce frequently paired with mushrooms) so was quite confused when I perused the ingredients and saw both ingredients missing. Who knew there was a cooking term masala? Still, worth a try. Thanks for broadening my vocabulary. Linda

    • Hi Linda! Interesting, I didn’t even think of maRsala — probably because I usually shy away from mushrooms (though I’m trying to be better about eating them). I’m not 100% sure what ‘masala’ means, but I think it’s used to mean a cream/yogurt sauce that is flavored with herbs and spices, as in the Indian dish chicken tikka masala. Wikipedia just says that a masala is a “spice mix,” though, so what do I know?

      If you have any yummy recipes that use maRsala, send them my way!

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