Spiced Mackerel with an Avocado & Tomato Raita

Trust me, this pairing is fab! Smoked mackerel has a strong flavour so works well with spices. In this recipe it works so well paired with the refreshing avocado & tomato raita with a chilli kick. Raita is a cooling yogurt dish that is an important part of North Indian cuisine. This makes a delicious lunch or supper dish.

July 23, 2020
: 2
: 20 min
: 1 min
: 21 min
: Easy

Trust me, this pairing is fab!


  • 180g smoked mackerel fillets
  • ½ tsp garam masala
  • pinch dried red chilli flakes
  • ¼ tsp turmeric
  • 1 tbsp coriander leaves, chopped
  • 1 tbsp butter, softened
Avocado & Tomato Raita
  • ½ avocado pear, chopped into small cubes
  • 1 medium tomato, skinned, de-seeded and chopped into small cubes
  • 1 green chillies, sliced thinly
  • ¼ red onion, peeled and finely chopped
  • 5g fresh coriander leaves, finely chopped
  • 150g yoghurt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp cumin seeds, toasted and crushed
  • pinch of chilli powder
  • 2 flatbreads (or chapatis)


  • Step 1 The smoked mackerel can either be grilled or BBQed. Make sure the grill or BBQ is nice and hot before cooking.
  • Step 2 Begin by softening the butter, then mixing with the garam masala, turmeric and chilli flakes. Rub the spiced butter liberally all over the smoked mackerel fillets then place on a foil sheet. Close the foil to create a sealed foil parcel and put to one side whilst you prepare the raita.
  • Step 3 For the raita mix all the ingredients together except the toasted, crushed cumin seeds and chilli powder. Mix well then sprinkle with the crushed cumin and chilli.
  • Step 4 Preheat the grill to high and line a baking tray with kitchen foil or if bbq’ing then fire up the BBQ.
  • Step 5 If grilling place the foil wrapped fillets on a baking tray. Grill for 1 minute, or until the butter melts, soaking the spices into the warm fish. If bbq’ing then pop on the BBQ for 1 minute.
  • Step 6 Meanwhile warm the flatbreads or chapatis according to their instructions.
  • Step 7 Serve the mackerel immediately with the raita and warmed flatbreads or chapatis on the side.
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