Sunday, September 6, 2009

Fish in Mustard Sauce

Although Fish is known to be a very popular food in Bengal/Orissa. However, it is also one of the specialities in Bihar/Jharkhand. In fact on special occassions it is a ritual to cook fish curry as it is considered auspicious and is said to mark a good times and bring luck. A varieties of fish are eaten in Bihar. Rohu, katla, jhinga/chingri, mangur etc. The gravy of the fish curry varies mostly on the type of fish being cooked. Both in Bengal and Bihar, the most comnmonly eaten fish is Rohu, which can be cooked in a blend of spices. I am posting a fish curry recipe here which is cooked with mustard paste as the basic ingredient in the gravy/curry

Fish Curry

Fish(rohu) - 1kg
Onion - 2 (medium sized)
Tomato(cubed) - 2 (medium sized)
Dried Whole Red Chilly -2
Mustard seeds - 5 Tbsp
Garlic Paste - 4tsp
Coriander Powder - 2tsp
Turmeric Powder -1/2tsp
Fenugreek seeds - 1/2tsp
Salt as per taste
Red Chilly powder as per taste
Oil for frying (I use mustard oil)

Soak the mustard seeds for half an hour and grind into a paste
Alternatively, you can dry grind the mustard seeds first and then soak in water Clean the fish pieces and drain out excess water.
Mix together with 1 tsp salt, a pinch of turmeric powder and 1 tsp garlic paste
Leave to marinade for a while
In the meantime, slice the onions and grind into a paste.
Heat oil in a heavy bottomed pan/ kadahi
Add the fish pieces to this, 2-3 at a time
Fry till both sides of the fish turn golden
Repeat till all the fish peices have been fried
Keep the fried fish pieces aside

To Make the curry
Heat 4tbsps of oil in the kadahi.
Splutter with Whole red chilly,mustard and fenugreek seeds (1/2 tsps of each)
Add the mustard paste and fry for sometime.
Add the onion paste and salt
Add coriander powder, turmeric and garlic paste
Fry the mixture till the oil starts leaving the base of the pan
Now add the tomatoes and fry for sometime (2mins)
Cover and cook till the tomatoes blend with the mixture
Now add water to this mixture and let it simmer
Add the fish pieces and simmer for around 5 mins
The fish curry is ready
Serve hot with plain white rice


Ankit Ashok said...

Call it killing-the-messenger if you wish, but come on! There are people out there who eat mess food. Can't you be a bit considerate and not put up recipes to such delicacies :P

Sharmila said...

So this is a speciality in Jharkhand too! Like your blog. :-)