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Okra and Fish Soup    HT   SP   Colombian   100mins

Colombian Name:  Sopa de Candia con Mojarras

Serves 4        Hot  Fish  Vegetables  Spices   Soup    Gluten Wheat free Eggless   Colombia  Sth. American South America

1.2L/40fl.oz. Fresh Fish Stock
1 Large Onion, finely chopped
2 Garlic Cloves, chopped
1 Large Tomato, chopped
2 Chillies, seeded and chopped
½ teasp Ground Cumin
½ teasp Ground Allspice
2 tbsp Lemon Juice
100g/4oz fresh Okra, cut into 4
225g/8oz Yams, peeled and cut into 2.5cm/1-inch cubes
1 Ripe Plantain, peeled and sliced
2 tbsp Butter
4 Snapper Fillets
1 tbsp Tomato Paste
Salt and Black Pepper


1. Place the stock, onions, garlic, tomato, chilies, cumin and allspice in a large saucepan, bring to the boil then reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 15 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, boil some water in a medium sized saucepan, add salt and lemon juice then add the okra and bring back to the boil. Immediately remove the pan from the heat, drain the okra, and rinse it in cold water.

3. Add the drained okra to the fish stock mixture together with the yams and plantains, mix well then re-cover and continue to simmer for 30 minutes.

4. At the end of the 30 minute cooking time, heat the butter in a large frying pan, add the fish fillets and sauté for a few minutes on each side until golden brown.

5. Remove the fillets from the pan and cut the fish into 2.5cm/1-inch pieces then add to the soup together with the tomato paste, salt and pepper. Mix well and simmer for a further 30 minutes. Serve hot.

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