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Fish Tikka, Zari Muscles, and Garlic and Parmesan Focaccia

Come Dine With Me South Africa S8: Ep1 Qudsiya's recipes

1h 30m
Serves 4

Qudsiya Ahmed


Fish Tikka

  • ½ cup Plain yoghurt
  • ½ box Shan Tikka Masala
  • ½ box Shan Tandoori Masala
  • ½ Lemon Fresh Lemon Juice
  • ½ cup Chopped Coriander
  • ¼ cup Chopped Mint
  • 1 tsp Chilli Powder
  • 300g Filleted White Fish

Zari Muscles

  • 1 kg Fresh Muscles
  • ½ Bottle Zari Sparkling grape (white)
  • 1 Litre Fresh Cream
  • 1-2 cups Milk
  • 1 Finely chopped onion
  • 4-6 Cloves Freshly chopped garlic
  • 1 Tbsp Corn Flour
  • ¼ cup Oil
  • 2 Tbsp Garlic and Herb Spice
  • 1.5 Tbsp Fine black pepper
  • ½ Tbsp Robertsons BBQ Spice
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • ½ tsp Fine red chilli powder

Foccacia Bread

  • ½ Sachet Instant Yeast
  • 1 tsp Sugar
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 Cup Lukewarm water
  • 2 plus cups Flour
  • 2-3 Tbsp Garlic and Herb Spice


Fish Tikka

  1. Cut Fish into 3x3cm squares and keep aside
  2. Mix ingredients in a bowl (Yoghurt, shan Masalas, chopped coriander, mint and lemon juice)
  3. Marinate the fish in the spices and yoghurt mixture
  4. Place in the fridge for at least 1 hour
  5. Prepare your coals/oven
  6. Skewer Fish and place over coals
  7. Brush with oil and turn over when cooking on the coals
  8. Prepare Muscles


  1. Add oil to a large pot
  2. Add onions and stir
  3. Add garlic once onions begin to turn translucent
  4. Add fresh and cleaned muscles
  5. Once muscles release their water on high heat, add Zari
  6. Allow to boil on high heat for five minutes or less
  7. Add Spices: Garlic and herb spice, BBQ Spice, black pepper, some salt, pinch of red chilli or more
  8.  Add Cream and ½ the milk, Stir.
  9. Mix Corn Flour and Milk to create a slurry and pour into the mixture and mix. To create a thick gravy. Add more seasoning if needed. 
  10. Prepare Bread (do this first before above to allow resting time for the dough to rise and prepare above during resting time)


  1. Mix yeast and sugar and salt with the water in a bowl and set aside for five minutes
  2. Sift flour into a large bowl, add Garlic and Herb Spice
  3. Add yeast mixture and knead for 15-20 minutes until a smooth dough is formed
  4. Once rested, knead again
  5. Grease Baking tray, spread out the focaccia into the tray and poke with fingers. 
  6. Bake for 30-45 minutes, serve when hot. Brush with butter before serving and dust with Parmesan shavings and garlic chips.


Shan Masalas have salt, no need to add more. Serve fish with a chutney if you would like.