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Saffron fish pie by Ravinder Bhogal – recipe

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Variations of fish pie are endless – but this one, imbued with smoky Madras curry powder, and a sauce with flecks of saffron in the most luxurious way, is my favourite by far. It’s comforting and cosy, yet the flavours are impressive enough for entertaining. Use smoked fish if you like, but I much prefer the clean flavour of fresh fish with sweet chubby prawns and plenty of freshly chopped coriander.

Serves 6

spinach leaves 200g

rapeseed oil 2 tbsp

onion 1, finely chopped

leek 1, thinly sliced

celery 2 sticks, thinly sliced

garlic 2 cloves, finely chopped

Madras curry powder 1 heaped tbsp

saffron threads a generous pinch

double cream 300ml

mature cheddar or parmesan 2 handfuls, grated

lemon juice of 1

chopped coriander large handful

cod or other white fish 450g fillet, skinned and pin-boned

peeled raw prawns 200g, deveined

hard-boiled eggs 2, shelled and quartered

sea salt and black pepper

For the topping

whole milk 40ml

double cream 40ml

garlic 1 clove, bruised

black peppercorns ½ tsp

onion 1 small, studded with 4 cloves

bay leaf 1

ground turmeric 1 tsp

smoked hot paprika ½ tsp

floury potatoes 750g, peeled and diced

butter 75g

egg yolks 2

First make the topping. Put the milk and cream into a small saucepan and pop in the garlic, peppercorns, clove-studded onion, bay leaf, turmeric and paprika. Slowly bring to a simmer, then turn off the heat and leave to infuse while you get on with the potatoes. Preheat the oven to 180C fan/gas mark 6.

Bring a large saucepan of salted water to the boil, add the potatoes and cook until tender.

Steam the spinach for the filling in a colander above the pan of potatoes until wilted, then allow to cool slightly and squeeze out any excess moisture with your hands. Chop roughly.

Drain and mash the potatoes until smooth and lump-free. Beat in the butter and egg yolks. Strain the infused milk and cream, discarding the solids, then slowly pour into the mash and combine thoroughly.

For the filling, heat the oil in a frying pan over low-medium heat. Add the onion, leek and celery and cook, stirring frequently, until pale and translucent. Add the garlic, curry powder and saffron, and cook for a further 30 seconds, then pour in the cream and bring to the boil. Remove from the heat and stir in the cheese, lemon juice, coriander and salt and pepper to taste. Put the spinach, fish, prawns and eggs into a pie dish and pour over the sauce. Top with the mash and bake for 30 minutes until bubbling and golden on top. Serve at once.

From Jikoni by Ravinder Bhogal (Bloomsbury, £26)

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