Ramadan Recipe: Fish Sayadiya
At the Silk Route restaurant at the Holiday Inn Abu Dhabi, comfortable couches are strewn with colourful satin pillows, and the setting is bright and airy, with a relaxed, informal atmosphere.
In the kitchen, head chef Abdul Salam Hamedi works to create nutritious and delicious recipes for Ramadan, utilizing the abundant seafood of the region.
The Asian-Arabic theme of the restaurant is apparent in one of his creations, Fish Sayadiya.
Here’s the recipe:
500g white fish
250g basmati rice
250g fish bones
5g black pepper
5g pine nuts
15ml olive oil
Wash the rice three times, then strain and set aside.
Heat the oven to 180C. Mix the fish bones with the salt, pepper, half the cinnamon and cumin, the carrots and leeks. Tip onto a baking tray and place in the oven for ten minutes.
Slice the onion and saute gently in olive oil until golden.
Add the roasted fish bones to a large pan, cover with water and boil for 30 minutes.
Strain the stock into a new pan and place over a medium heat. Add the rice, season with salt and black pepper and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and cook for 20 minutes.
Marinate the fish with the remaining spices and and roast for 12 minutes at 200C.
Serve the fish and rice with the fried onions and pine nuts scattered over the top.