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Dinner Tonight: Fish Fillets with Spicy Green Undercoat

I am not sure what came over me, but I was sold on this recipe from Madhur Jaffrey's At Home with Madhur Jaffrey the moment I read "spicy green undercoat." What was it? I had no idea! I just imagined this lovely piece of fish sitting on some fierce chili sauce—it sounded perfect.

So I gathered the ingredients, made it through half of the recipe, then realized I'd be frying fish. This was one of the more unusual fried fish recipes I'd ever tried.

Why? Instead of dredging the fish in flour, then coating it in a batter, this recipe advocates topping the fish with the spicy green undercoat mixture and then tossing with flour. Wouldn't the coating fall off the undercoat when hitting the hot oil? Of course, I should have trusted Jaffrey more. Everything stayed intact, and the incredible spicy green undercoat was as good as imagined. I served this with some spinach to up the green on the plate.

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