A few days back while channel surfing I happened to watch the show 'Aarti Party' on food network. Hmm.. looked interesting. The host shared a recipe for fish tacos. Instead of making tacos I put the same filling into a whole wheat pita pocket.
I followed the recipe for the sauce. Ok let me warn you - The sauce is highly addicting. So make sure you have the ingredients to make enough. It can be made in advance and stored in the fridge.
Here is the recipe :-
Pita pockets with fish,cabbage and mayo sauce
For the sauce :-
1/2 C mayo
10 sprigs of mint chopped
2-3 garlic cloves mashed
salt to taste
juice of 1/2 a lemon
2 tsp coarsely ground cumin
To stuff :-
1/2 head of cabbage shredded ( lettuce would work fine too )
1/2 an onion (optional, this was not in the recipe though )
pickled banana peppers
2-3 spring onions ( greens only ) chopped
Pita pockets ( I got the whole wheat ones at kroger in the baking section )
Marinade for the fish :-
5-6 tbsp of oil
salt to taste
1 tsp cinnamon powder
2 tsp ground cumin
2 tsp chilli powder
4 pieces of tilapia ( or any other white fish )
- Combine the ingredients for the sauce. Taste and adjust as required. Add some water if required to thin out the sauce. It should taste sour and slightly salty.
- Combine the ingredients for the marinade and apply on fish. If using frozen fish thaw and dry completely before marinating.
- In a hot pan place the fish pieces and cook till flaky. No more oil is required to fry the fish. Cut the fish into bite sized pieces.
- Combine the shredded cabbage,onion and banana peppers with the 1/4C of the sauce. Somewhat like a coleslaw salad.
- Warm the pita pockets in a pan. This will soften the pockets. Else they will be hard like cardboard. ;)
- Then fill the pita pockets with the cabbage mixture, top with fish pieces, banana pepper and spring onions.
- Serve warm.
These pockets look so cute. They are neater to eat than the tacos in my opinion. Vegetarians can easily replace the fish with paneer, potatoes or a combination of these. Would work well for a picnic too..
We enjoyed the pita pockets for a quick weeknight dinner. Warm pita pockets stuffed with spicy fish, cool sauce and crunchy cabbage. Delicious !