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Showing posts with label Rohu fish recipe. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Rohu fish recipe. Show all posts

Friday, April 3, 2015

Rawa Fish Fry

Those simple things are the ones that keep getting overlooked most of the times. This recipe is no exception. Being so easy and simply, it seems like a joke to even consider posting this recipe when one is in the South. But then I realize that not everyone who follows my blog has spent a good amount of time in South India. And quite a few of my readers from the North are totally clueless when it comes to cooking 'machli' . So, if you are one of those who want to try fish and are looking for something easy, then this is the one for you ( if it is of any solace, the connection between good skin and a fish based diet is legendary....no wonder most of our Bengali beauties was that beautiful luminous skin ) .

Read on for the recipe -

Preparation Time - 40 mins ( 30 mins standby )

Ingredients -

  • 4 pieces Rohu fish
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp GG paste
  • 1/4 tsp chili paste
  • 1/5 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tbsp cornflour (optional)
  • 1/2 cup semolina for coating the fish
  • salt to taste
  • 3-4 tsp oil (when using a non stick pan)

Preparation - Wash and pat dry the fish pieces. 

Take the salt, turmeric, lime juice,, GG paste and chili powder in a mixing bowl. Make a paste and then rub it all over the fish pieces. Allow to rest for 25-30 mins.

If using cornflour, make a thick paste with a little water, salt and red chili powder. Slather it over the fish.

Take the semolina in a bowl (wide enough to accommodate the fish slices ). Dip each fish in it and coat it evenly on all sides.

Cooking - Heat a non stick frying pan. Drizzle it with oil. Place the semolina coated fish over it and cook on a slow flame till one side turns light brown. Flip it over carefully, drizzle more oil and cook till brown on the other side as well. 

Remove from the pan. Serve hot with onions rings and a mint chutney .

[ It is a great side dish with Pakhala, the watery rice delicacy from Odisha ].

Monday, February 9, 2015

Poppy encrusted Rohu Fish Fry

Was in a very relaxed mood this Sunday after a great dinner @ Village restaurant (Total Mall, Sarjapur) and did not want to ruin the mood by indulging in too much cooking. Hence decided to keep it simple with a fish fry and a simple vegetarian side along with dal-chawal. But did not want to repeat the regular style that we usually adopt while making the fish. That is when I noticed the packet of poppy seeds peeking out from the grocery bag (which was unpacked as I was feeling lazy) and decided to go for an encrusted fish fry. The mild flavours that I used in the marinade complemented the nuttiness of the poppy seeds. While I used fish slices which still had bones in them, I feel that this would taste even better with fish fillets.

Read on for the recipe -

Preparation Time - 10-12 mins (plus 30-40 mins marination time)

Ingredients -

  • 4 slices of Rohu fish
  • 4 garlic flakes
  • 2 green chilis
  • 4 tbsp coriander leaves
  • 4 tbsp poppy seeds
  • 1 egg white 
  • 1/2 tsp corn flour
  • 2 pinch turmeric
  • 2 pinch black pepper
  • 4-5 tsp oil
  • salt to taste

Preparation - Make a paste out of the garlic, green chili and coriander leaves. Add salt and turmeric to the paste. Rub it all over the cleaned fish slices and allow to rest for 30-40 mins.

Beat the egg white with the cornflour, pepper and a little salt. 

Cooking - Heat the oil in a non stick frying pan. 

Remove the fish from the marinade and coat it with the egg wash.

Place the fish slices over the pan and drizzle the poppy seeds generously all over the pieces.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Fish Curry

I love fish curry...the tantalizing red color, the aroma that tingles the nose, the heat bombs that explode on the tongue, the warm feeling that leave one guessing about the complexity of spices, everything about it is ambrosia to me. And that is why I keep trying out different varieties from different states of India..spicy, tangy, sweet, thick gravy, thin gravy...just about anything that catches my eye.

But of late I was feeling a bit confused about which one to cook, so I just threw in a bit of this and a bit of that and ended up with a lip-smacking curry. Some mustard paste, a little onion-ginger-garlic-masala paste, some yogurt, about half a cup of finely chopped tomatoes and of course the lightly fried fish are the core ingredients that go into this dish. With so many ingredients, it becomes important to get the proportions right especially as this curry needs to be a light one (with a thin-gravy).

Read on for the recipe -

Preparation Time - 30 mins

Ingredients -

  • 6 pieces Rohu fish 
  • 2 tsp (heaped) onion-masala paste
  • 3-4 tsp mustard masala paste
  • 1/2 cup yogurt
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped tomatoes
  • 1 cup boiled potato cubes
  • 1 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/5 tsp garam masala powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 4 tsp oil
  • salt to taste
  • (Oil for shallow frying fish)
  • coriander leaves for garnishing

Preparation - Marinate the fish with a pinch of turmeric and some salt. Shallow fry on both sides to a golden brown. Remove and keep aside on a tissue paper to absorb excess oil.

Beat the yogurt to break any lumps.

Cooking - Heat 4 tsp oil in a wok. Add the onion masala paste and fry lightly for 3 mins.

Add the mustard masala paste and fry for 1 minute (do not overdo).

Add the chopped tomatoes along with chili powder, turmeric and garam masala. Cover with a lid for 1-2 mins to allow tomatoes to soften. Fry for another minute.

Add about 4 cups boiling water. Adjust the salt and allow the curry to come to a rolling boil.

Let it boil for 2-3 mins before adding the fish and the boiled potatoes. Cover with a lid and let simmer for a while till you get the desired consistency.

Finally stir in the yogurt along with a little salt. Let it boil for 2-3 mins before adding the coriander leaves and removing the curry from the flame,

For onion masala paste - 1 large onion, 8-10 garlic flakes, 2 inch ginger, 2 dry red chilis, 1 tsp cumin seeds, 1 1/2 inch cinnamon stick, 2-3 green cardamoms. Grind everything together into a smooth paste.

For mustard masala paste - 3 tsp mustard seeds, 2 tsp cumin seeds, 7-8 garlic flakes, 1-2 green chili. Grind everything together into a smooth paste.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Fried Fish Parcels

Bored with the various kinds of fish curries and fries, I had been planning to try out something new with fish. And the Rohi fish being so very fresh in Odisha, I was reluctant to try anything crazy lest I spoil it. It was during one such confused moment that I came up with this rather simple preparation.

After marinating the fish in a salt-turmeric-mustard-garlic-green chili paste, I placed it on a banana leaf and drizzled it with more mustard oil. Then I threw in 2-3 pieces of slit green chili before wrapping up the leaf and securing it with the drumstick fibers( it was the first thing that I could find in the kitchen). People in villages usually use some kind of bark strips or natural fibers to secure the parcels.The parcels were then pan fried on low flame till the leaf turned black and shrunken. Though similar to a Bengali Fish Paturi, this one uses minimal spices.

Read on for the recipe -

Preparation Time - 30 mins

Ingredients -

  • 4 pieces of Rohi (Rohu) fish
  • 2 tsp mustard-garlic-green chili paste 
  • 1 1/2 tsp mustard oil
  • 2-3 green chilis (slit lengthwise)
  • 2 pinch turmeric
  • 1/5 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp mustard oil for frying
  • 4 pieces of banana leaf (8" X 8" preferably) (tender leaves are best)

  • Preparation - Wash and marinate the fish with salt, turmeric and mustard paste. Leave aside for 10 mins.

    Place each piece on a banana leaf. Drizzle mustard oil over it and place 2-3 pieces of slit green chili. Close the parcel and secure it with a string.

    Cooking - Heat the mustard oil on a pan. Once it gets smoking, add the parcels and immediately lower the flame. Once the leaf on the bottom surface has turned brown with black spots showing at some places, flip it over. Let it sit on the pan till the leaf turns brown. (it takes roughly 7-8 minutes to cook on each side)

    Switch off the flame and remove the pan. Keep aside for 5 minutes.

    Carefully open the parcels and discard the leaves.

    Serve hot with white rice and dal.

    Note - For the mustard paste, the ratio of the ingredients is ' 2 tsp black mustard seeds : 4 garlic cloves : 1 green chili '. 

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Fish Cutlet

Yeah..it seems to be raining cutlets in my kitchen and everyone is loving it!! Thank God for it!! Finally those long missed out posts on cutlets are making their way into my blog. Simple and easy to do without much oil or spices, they make for a tasty snack or even a side dish. So when I had some leftover fried fish sitting in my fridge, I did not think twice before making it into cutlets. (Actually we had bought over 2 Kgs of Rohu fish last weekend and had made fish fry, besara and masala jholo with it. So the cutlets actually added some variety.)

Read on for the recipe -

Preparation Time - 20 mins

Ingredients -

  • 4 large pieces/slices of fried Rohu fish
  • 1 cup boiled potato cubes
  • 1 large sized onion ( finely chopped)
  • 1/2 tsp grated ginger
  • 1/2 tsp grated/crushed garlic
  • 1/2 - 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin powder
  • 1/2 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/4 tsp garam masala
  • a pinch of turmeric
  • 4-5 tsp oil
  • salt to taste

For the outer layer

  • 1 egg (lightly beaten)
  • a pinch of salt
  • a pinch of chili powder
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs

Preparation - Remove any bones from the fish pieces and lightly crumble with your fingers.

Mash the potatoes. Break any lumps but do not make it too smooth.

Lightly beat the egg with some salt and chilli powder.

Cooking - Heat 2 tsp oil in a wok. Add the onions and fry till translucent.

Add the ginger and garlic and fry for 2-3 mins. Now add the fish and fry for another 2 minutes. Then add the mashed potatoes. Sprinkle all the powders except garam masala. Mix and fry for 4-5 minutes on medium flame. (add a few spoons of water if it is getting too dry

Sprinkle garam masala.. Mix and switch off flame.

Allow to cool down to a tolerable temperature. Then pinch small balls out of the mix and fashion into round or fish shaped cutlets.

Dip into the egg and gently roll over the bread crumbs to make a uniform coating. Make similar cutlets out of the remaining mix.

Heat a non-stick tawa/frying pan. Drizzle with a little oil or use a oil spray.

Place the cutlets over it and cook on both sides for a few minutes till little brown spots appear. Remove from the tawa/frying pan.

Serve immediately with some onion rings and lemon juice.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Maccha Besara Jholo (Its' Chadaa Khai Today)

Well......while the Panchuka period officially got over by Sunday (Kartika Purnima), the succeeding days of Monday and Tuesday had many people putting their 'Chadaa Khai' plans on hold. Hence the majority of us who had forsaken non-vegetarian items for the Kartika month (or atleast the Panchuka period ) will be eating out to our heart's content today.

Here is the 'Maccha Besara' that my mom made for Chadaa Khai. However if you are not particularly budget conscious ( and i really mean it as the prices of Non-veg goes through the roof during Chadaa Khai in Orissa ), I would recommend the  mouth-watering Kancha Illisi Tarkari, or the very delicious Mansa Kasa (though you can also opt for Mutton Rogan Josh if you like light gravies). For the Chicken lovers, there is the Classic chicken curry or the Chicken Kasa waiting to be sampled.

It's my special dish for today. Needless to say Mom's cooking is always special (more so if you are staying away from her). Get the recipe below:

Preparation Time : 20 mins

Ingredients :

  • 4-5 pieces Rohu fish 
  • 1 large potato 
  • 2 medium sized tomato 
  • 1 small onion
  • 1-2 green chillis
  • 4-5 tsp mustard oil
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • salt to taste
  • 1 small piece of dry mango (ambula)

For the mustard paste :

  • 2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 5-6 garlic flakes
  • 1 dry red chilli

Preparation: Add salt and 1/4 tsp turmeric to the fish pieces. Allow to marinate for 10 minutes.

Dry grind mustard, cumin and red chilli. Add the garlic flakes and a little water. Grind into a smooth paste.

Chop tomato and onion into small pieces and keep aside. Peel and cut the potato into chunks.

Cooking: Heat a non-stick tawa or skillet. Drizzle with 3 tsp oil. Add the marinated fish pieces and cook on both sides till light brown. Remove from tawa and keep aside.

Heat the remaining oil in a wok. Add the potatoes. Fry till light brown, then remove and keep aside.

Add the chopped onion and green chilli . Saute till the onions turn translucent.

Add chopped tomatoes and sprinkle a little salt on them. Keep covered for 1-2 minutes till they turn a little soft.

Dissolve the mustard paste in 1/2 cup water. Drain into the wok slowly while taking care to leave any solid residue in the cup. Add another 1 1/2 cups of water.

Bring to a boil. Add the fried potato and fish pieces. Sprinkle 1/2 tsp of turmeric powder and add more salt if needed. Cook covered till the potatoes are done. Add the dry mango and simmer for 2-3 minutes.

Mash 2-3 pieces of potatoes into the gravy if you need a thicker version.

Drizzle a little mustard oil (about  1/2 tsp) over the gravy if you like the raw smell of mustard oil. Switch off the flame.

Serve hot with white rice.

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