I am so used to cooking Fish the Bengali style that I find it difficult to experiment much with fish recipes. However, I realize that Bengali style fish tastes best with Rice. Since, Shekhar prefers roti over rice, I often am in dilemma as to how should I cook Fish. This recipe is an attempt to make it such that it would taste very nice even with Roti. It is quite different from the typical Bengali way but, I am very happy with my experimentation and the final result.
Ingredients - Ground Paste
1. Few cloves of Garlic (approximately 7-8 large cloves), peeled
2. 3 inch fresh ginger, peeled
3. Cumin powder - 1 tsp
4. Black pepper - 1/2 tsp
5. Mustard seeds, ground - 1/2 tsp
6. Coriander powder - 1 tbsp
7. Salt, to taste
8. Water - enough to make the paste
Ingredients - Curry
1. Fish Fillet [I used approx 500 gms Cat Fish, carp or any other solid fish is fine]
2. Vegetable oil
3. Fenugreek Seeds - 1/2 tsp
4. Tomatoes, puréed - 2
5. Turmeric Powder - 1 tsp
6. Red chilly powder - 1tsp or to taste
7. Garam Masala - 1/2 tsp
8. Fresh coriander stalks and leaves, roughly chopped
9. Water for the gravy
1. Make a paste with all ingredients specified for the ground paste. Keep aside
2. Shallow fry the fish pieces, coated lightly with turmeric and salt [optional, I like the fish light fried in the curry]. Keep aside
3. In a wok, heat some oil. Add the Fenugreek (methi) seeds
4. When they start to leave an aroma, and start turning brown, add the ground paste
5. Stir till the paste leaves oil [approximately 3 minutes]. Add a little water, if required
6. Add the Tomatoes, turmeric powder, chilly powder and garam masala and salt
7. Stir well till the tomatoes are soft and mix well with the spices
8. Add the fish pieces and cover them with the spices - let the spices immerse in the fish pieces
9. Add water to make a gravy of desired consistency, cover and simmer the fish in low heat for about 5 minutes.
10. That's It!!!
The curry leaves a very nice aroma and for those who do not quite like the smell of fish, while it is cooked or later, will find this recipe perfect. Enjoy with Rice or Roti - it tastes equally well with both!