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Tandoori salmon skewers



Tandoori salmon skewers
A marinade of yogurt and warming Indian spices coat bite size pieces of salmon which are grilled until juicy and tender. Serve with rice and vegetables, or wrap the salmon in naan bread along with crisp salad vegetables and a dollop of raita (Indian yogurt and cucumber sauce).

2 tablespoons plain Greek-style yogurt
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 tablespoon peanut or canola oil
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons paprika
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
½ teaspoon chili powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 clove garlic—minced
1 lb. (500g) skinless salmon fillet—cut into bite-size cubes
6 wooden skewers—soaked in water for 15 minutes

MIX together the yogurt, tomato paste, oil, cumin, paprika, coriander, turmeric, chili powder, salt and garlic in a small bowl until well combined. POUR the mixture over the salmon pieces and thoroughly coat, then marinate, covered in the refrigerator, for at least 1 hour. PREHEAT a stovetop grill pan or outdoor grill over high heat. THREAD the salmon pieces evenly onto each skewer. COOK the skewers for 10 minutes, turning and brushing regularly with any remaining marinade, so that each side is char-grilled and the salmon is cooked through.

Variations: Use other firm fish like swordfish or tuna, or use shrimp, chicken or pieces of lean lamb or beef instead. For a vegetarian version, replace the salmon with vegetables such as mushrooms, zucchini, peppers, onion wedges, cherry tomatoes, eggplant, or add cubes of paneer cheese.

Tip: You can either cook the skewers indoors in a stovetop grill pan or electric grill or under a hot oven broiler (griller). Or, to add that classic tandoori smokiness, cook them outdoors over a charcoal barbecue.

  Mediterranean Tuna and Vegetable Skewers. Fresh tuna threaded onto skewers with cherry tomatoes, zucchini, red onion and green pepper, then marinated in a Mediterranean-style dressing and grilled until tender.

  Chicken Satay. Marinated chicken pieces grilled on skewers and served with peanut sauce.

  Asian Shrimp and Vegetable Skewers. Fresh shrimp with assorted Asian-style vegetables marinated on skewers than grilled until tender.

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