Fish and Yogurt are friendly I feel, they quite gel with each other.When used together , they create something of immense pleasure. It is a cuisine from Eastern India, of the Bengalis to be precise. I have not done much research on its origin, so it is not wise enough to talk much about it. It is not an every day light curry, we prepare this on special occasions or if guests are at home or when you get bored with everyday light curries and wish to spice it up.Its perfect for your Sunday lunch menu with nothing else but steamed rice.
INGREDIENTS ( for the marination) :
Fish ( preferably Katla..... Indian Carp): 500gm (portions cut from a big fish,weighing more than 5 to 6 kgs,has to be oily.)
Plain Yogurt(sugarless ) : 250 gm
Salt : As per taste.
INGREDIENTS: ( for the curry)
Ginger Paste : 1 tablespoon
Garlic Paste: 1 tsp
Green Chilli Paste : 1 tsp.
Turmeric : Very little
Salt : As per taste
Onions: 2 medium thinly sliced.
Kashmiri Mirch Powder : 1/2 tsp .
Oil : 4 tablespoon.
Bay leaf: 1
Cinnamon stick : two 1 inch size
Green Cardamom : 4
Cloves : 2
Sugar : 1/2 tsp( optional)
Wash the fish pieces. Beat the yogurt and salt in a cup and pour into the fish .Mix well.Keep refrigerated for atleast 4 to 5 hours in a covered container. Take out 1 hour before cooking. Mix all the spices except the salt and Kashmiri mirch in a small bowl. Heat oil in a wok. Temper with bay
leaf, cinnamon sticks ,cardamom,cloves .As they give out a nice aroma, give the onion slices. Fry them till brown. They should not burn. Now put in the spice mix and fry till the spices separate from the oil. At this stage give the Kashmiri mirch powder and salt. Stir well. Put the oven at lowest.
Now arrange the fish pieces over the spices. Pour in the marination. Slightly stir from the bottom, so that the spices are not concentrated in one place, but get mixed with the yogurt. Cover. After 3 to 4 minutes turn the fish pieces very carefully, otherwise there is a possibility of breaking. Cover again. After 3 minutes open the cover, Pour in 1 cup water. Stir from the bottom slowly to get the water mix well. Add the sugar. Cover n cook for another 5 minutes. Garnish with green chillies.
Have it only n only with steamed rice. I am pretty sure you will not be disappointed if you love spice in your life..... I mean food..... Enjoy.