Kokonda and a gluten/dairy free life
Kokonda So here's my favourite find so far, the popular Fijian raw fish salad. Absolutely lovely, fragrant and fresh this is not a dish apologising for being dairy and lactose free. It's happy to be itself.  Infact perfect as is.  For a raw fish dish, this one is a great one to start with since the acid pretty much cooks the fish. I ' begin to tell you how much I loved the flavours and textures of this dish.The coconut milk adds a beautiful creamy nuttines and the ginger and chilli add a lovely spicey heat while the fresh vegetables bring plenty of crunch to this salad. I could easily eat this for lunch on a hot summer day and forget all about Caprese with its treacherous mozzarella. Wether you are on a gluten free/dairy free diet or not, I would recommend that you try this one out  - easy, no fail and absolutely gorgeous. I promise you, you can't go wrong here. Just make sure the fish is nice and fresh.
  • 1 Surmai fish, filleted, cut into 1 cm cubes
  • juice of 4 limes (I zested all and reserved the zest for later use)
  • 1.5 cups fresh coconut milk
  • ¼ tsp freshly grated ginger
  • 2 green chillies, seedes, chopped fine
  • 1 -2 tsp sugar
  • 2 large pinches of lemon zest
  • 2 stalks of spring onions, sliced
  • 1 each of red and yellow bell peppers, cut into 1 cm cubes
  • Salt to taste
  1. Half fill a pot of water and add enough salt for the water to taste salty like sea water. Add in the fish and let steep for 20 minutes. Drain
  2. Add the lime juice, ginger and chilies to the drained fish and let marinate for 20 minutes in the fridge. The fish will be opaque and firm by now.
  3. Add in the lemon zest, spring onions, bell peppers and coconut milk.
  4. Now add 1 tsp sugar, stir till dissolved, taste the sauce and adjust seasoning to have a good balance of sweet and salty.
  5. Let marinate for about 4-6 hours.
  6. Add in the chopped cucumbers and tomatoes, adjust seasoning once more and serve.
Recipe by Bombay Chowparty at http://bombaychowparty.com/kokonda-and-a-glutendairy-free-life/