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Pickled Fish

3/4 cup vegetable oil
2 pounds Halibut steaks, sliced about 1" thick
3 large onions, peeled and cut crosswise into 1/8" thick slices
1/2 cup light brown sugar
3 Tbsp finely chopped fresh hot chilies
3 Tbsp curry powder (preferably Madras curry)
1 Tbsp scraped, finely chopped fresh ginger root
2 large fresh bay leaves, crumbled plus 2 large whole leaves
1 tsp. ground coriander
2 tsp. salt
2 cups malt vinegar
1 cup water

Starting at least 2 days ahead, heat 1/2 cup of the oil in a heavy
10-12" skillet over moderate heat until a light haze forms above
it. Pat the fish completely dry with paper towels and place the
fish in the hot oil. Turning the fish with a slotted spatula, fry
fish 3-4 minutes on each side or until they are golden brown. As
they brown, transfer them to paper towels to drain and cool. Prepare
the marinade: Pour off and discard the oil in the pan and wipe
the skillet clean with paper towels. Pour in 1/4 cup vegetable oil
and heat until a haze forms above it. Add the onions and stirring
frequently, cook 8-10 minutes or until they are soft and golden
brown. Watch closely that the onions do not burn. Add sugar,
chilies, curry powder, ginger root, crumbled bay leaves, coriander
and salt, stir over low heat for 2 minutes. Stirring constantly,
pour in the vinegar and water in a slow thin stream. Bring to a
boil over high heat, reduce the heat to low and simmer the marinade
uncovered for 10 minutes. Remove the skin and bones from the halibut
and cut meat into 1 1/2" squares. Spread about a third of the fish
into a glass baking dish that is about 8" in diameter and 4" deep.
Cover the fish with a cup or so of the marinade, then add another
layer of fish. Add a second cup of the marinade, the remaining fish
and finally the rest of the marinade left in the skillet. Place
the 2 bay leaves on top cover the dish tightly with plastic wrap.
Marinate the pickled fish in the refrigerator at least 2 days.
Serve it with onions from the dish in which it was marinated,
moistening each portion with a spoonful or so of the liquid. Serves
8 as a first course.

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