"Star fruit is an Asian fruit that was introduced to the Amazon many years ago," explains chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino. He values its balanced, sweet-tart flavor, which makes perfect in chutney. On the cruise, he serves it with tiger catfish, one of many species that thrive in the Amazon River; a firm, white-fleshed fish like halibut is a great substitute.
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1 small red onion, finely diced
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
One 3-inch cinnamon stick, halved
4 whole cloves
1 small red bell pepper, cut into 1/2-inch dice
1 cup peeled, seeded and diced cucumber
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1/2 pound star fruit (about 2), cut into 1/2-inch dice
1 pound plum tomatoes, cut into 1/2-inch dice
1/3 cup golden raisins
2 tablespoons jarred ají amarillo paste (see Note)
1 tablespoon capers
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
Four 6-ounce skinless halibut fillets
Freshly ground pepper
How to Make It
In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil. Add the onion, garlic, ginger, cinnamon and cloves and cook over moderate heat until the onion is softened, 5 minutes. Add the red pepper and cucumber and cook for 4 minutes. Add the sugar and vinegar and cook, stirring occasionally, until the mixture is thickened, 5 minutes. Add the star fruit, tomatoes and raisins and simmer over low heat until the star fruit is tender, 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and discard the cinnamon stick and cloves. Stir in the ají amarillo paste and capers; let cool to room temperature. Stir in the cilantro and season with salt.
Light a grill. Brush the halibut with oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill over moderately high heat until just cooked through, 3 minutes per side. Transfer to plates, spoon the chutney alongside and serve.
Ají amarillo paste, made from yellow chiles, is available at specialty food stores and online at tienda.com.
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