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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Masala dia Maccha Jholo( Fish Curry )

Cooking Time Required: 30 mins
Cost of preparation: 50-60 rupees

Ingredients: Rohu (4-5 pieces, 250 gm), onion ( 1 large), tomato (1 large), ginger-garlic paste(1-2 tsp), green chillies ( 1-2 nos), maggie bhuna masala ( 1 tbs), pancha phutana (1/5 tsp), turmeric (1/3 tsp), oil (6-7 tsp), garam masala (1/4 tsp), cumin powder (1/3 tsp), coriander powder (1/2 tsp), tamarind (1 small piece), salt to taste.

Preparation: Add salt and turmeric to the fish pieces. Heat 3-4 tsp oil in a non-stick pan and fry the fish till it turns slightly reddish on both sides.
Gring the onion & tomato into a fine paste and keep aside.

Heat 3 tsp oil in a deep vessel. When it becomes hot, add the green chillis and pancha phutana. when the seeds start spluttering, add the onion-tomato paste . Fry for 3-4 mins and then add the ginger-garlic paste, turmeric and salt. Cook till the smell of the ginger garlic goes off and paste turns brownish. Add the bhuna masala, cumin powder and corinader powder. Fry for 2 mins, then add 2-3 cups water. Bring to a boil. Add the fried fish. Boil till the fish softens. Add the tamarind and boil for about 5 mins. Finally add the garam masala and close the lid. Remove from fire.

Serve hot with rice.

Tips: Peel the onion, cut into two halves and put in a pressure cooker. Cut the tomato into two, and add to the cooker along with little bit of salt and sufficient water. Boil for 5-10 mins. Remove from fire and keep aside to cool .Crush the boiled mixture into a fine paste. Tomato-onion paste is ready without shedding any tears. Also useful given the frequent power cuts which prevent one from using the mixer.

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