Prep 10 mins
Cook 25 mins
I have it on hearsay that this is a traditional recipe from the coast of Bengal. Flavourful of spicyness with very little heat. Best served with plain steamed/boiled rice and a cucumber raita on the side. Use fish of your choice. *After the first review, the correction related to the first "eleven" ingredients was effected. The recipe itself was obtained from an Indian chef at an international convention. Having enjoyed the dish myself, and having made it subsequently, I posted this on Recipezaar. Being equally perplexed after the first review, I researched the Bengali fish dishes and found essentially the same recipe cited elsewhere. The only advice I can offer is: 1. Do not try the recipe if you equate spiciness with heat and expect the mustard sauce to be anything like the Western commercial mustards. 2. If your sauce and taste preference leans towards the traditional Indian dry "khaari's," this dish will not appeal to you.
- 1 3⁄4 teaspoons salt
- 2 tablespoons brown mustard seeds
- 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
- 1⁄4 cup grated fresh coconut or 2 tablespoons dried coconut
- 6 garlic cloves
- 2 green chilies
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 2 teaspoons coriander powder
- 1 teaspoon cumin powder
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons red chili powder
- 3 tomatoes, pureed
- 1 lemon, juice of
- vegetable oil
- 2 cups boiling water
- fresh coriander leaves, chopped
- 600 g fish
- Wash fish, sprinkle with salt and set aside to firm up.
- Grind first 10 (ten) ingredients with lemon juice to make a paste.
- Fry paste in oil for 6-7 minutes, adding water as and when required to prevent burning.
- Add tomatoes, saute for 2 minutes then add 2 cups boiling water. Season with salt to taste.
- Add fish pieces, cook until done (+/- 10min) and serve garnished with chopped coriander leaves.
I don't want to give stars, because while this recipe was edible, it was far from enjoyable. I followed the recipe exactly, and found there was an error in that the tomatoes, which are to be added later, are included in the 'first 11 ingredients' to combine. Still, I doubt that was enough to make this recipe bad. Also, there was so much gravy. It was really 'Mustard Sauce with fish in it.' I understand the combination of tastes, but this was just off. We're pretty perplexed.