Recipes from the Banda Islands: Nutmeg Fish Soup

Nutmeg Fish soup

2 tbs oil

4 lemongrass 5 lime leaves

9 red shallots, sliced lengthwise

7 garlic cloves, sliced lengthwise, finely

1-2 mild red chilli, sliced finely

2 cups water


40gms galangal, smashed

10 nutmeg fruit or 10 wild starfruit

1 kg fish such as trevally, snapper, sliced into 5cmx5cm pieces 2 tomatoes, sliced into 8 kemangi or Thai basil, chopped

Heat the oil over a medium flame. Fry the lemongrass with the lime leaves for a minute. Add the red shallots and garlic and fry for 20 seconds, then add the mild chilli. Add the water and bring to the boil and simmer 3 minutes. Then add the nutmeg fruit or wild starfruit or lime juice. Add the fish and lower the heat a little. Simmer for 2 minutes. Then add the sliced tomato and cook for 2 minutes.

Before serving add a handful of chopped kemangi. Check seasonings.

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