This is an absolute favourite at my home, to be precise with my men. They are not good example of a Bengali. All my efforts to make them so goes in vein. I sweat out in the kitchen and there is no sunlit face on the dinner plate. The senior still loves a nicely made 'macher jhol', the junior prefers this kind. The wonder how it happened, ever since he was fed what we ate, an average, simple, Bengali meal. Though their preference of food helps me with hassle free cooking, but I am not happy. I do Bengali cooking and share the joy with people around who love it.
I cannot accept the fact that my son will have only meat and no fish. I feel it is a serious threat to my Bengali identity. So I try to prepare it the way he loves. However, I feel this generation kids do not want to make any effort for anything.... my boy prefers prawns and fish fillets for the same reason. To see some sunshine on their face, I decided the other day to prepare this dish. Accompanied by a generous serving of salad, it is goodness in a plate. I used tilapia fillets for the fish preparation. Compiled together both recipes of spicy fish and garlic pepper rice.
INGREDIENTS :[for the garlic pepper rice]
Rice : 1big cup
Green Pea : 1/2 small cup[optional]
Black Pepper Powder[fresh, coarsely ground] : 1tsp
Garlic[minced] : 1tbsp
Salt : As required
Butter : 1tbsp
INGREDIENTS :[for the fish fry]
Fish Fillets[white&firm] : 500 gm
Lemon Juice : 2-3 tbsp
Cumin Powder : 1tsp
Coriander Powder : 1/2tsp
Garam Masala Powder : 1tsp
Kashmiri Chilli Powder : 1/2tsp
Turmeric Powder : 1/2tsp
Salt : As Required
Oil : 1tbsp+1tbsp
METHOD :[the garlic pepper rice]
Prepare the rice in enough water till its 70% done. Spread over a newspaper and let cool.
Heat butter in a pan. Apply salt in the green peas, add to the oil. Saute at low heat for a minute and keep aside.
Add the minced garlic and saute at high heat till it gives a nice aroma. Add the rice, fold in well.
Add salt and pepper powder, fold in well. Add the sautéed green peas and stir at high heat for 2 minutes.
Transfer to a serving bowl.
METHOD :[the swallow fried spiced fish]
Cut the fillets into medium size, wash and marinate with lemon juice and little salt for 1/2 an hour.
Now discard the marinade. Rub the fish pieces with cumin powder, coriander powder, chilli powder, garam masala powder, Kashmiri Chilli powder, 1tbsp oil, turmeric powder and little salt. Keep aside for 20 minutes.
Heat 1tbsp oil in a pan and swallow fry the marinated fish pieces on both sides. They will be crisp with the added goodness of health as we are using very less oil in it.
Serve hot with a serving of salad. Thats really a quick, no fuss cooking!!