Maldives-Style Spiced Fish

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Seema Ahmed prepares mekunu, a mullet dish of her native Maldives.Jason Lang

At her home in Colombo, Seema Ahmed makes this grilled spice-rubbed fish using mekunu, a type of mullet endemic to the Maldives, but any whole gutted and scaled fish of about 1½ to 2 pounds will work. Slide the fish gently into hot oil to help prevent it from sticking, and watch the skin carefully for burning.