Cooking as I have recently discovered gives me pleasure, no matter how long I work or how tired I feel. If I get a nice kitchen and something worthy enough for the effort, I don’t think twice. I hit the kitchen after a relaxing shower.
Though I’ve been brought up in Calcutta, I was never really a big fan of fish, I used to hate it rather. But now that I don’t have easy access to good and fresh fish I started valuing it more than ever before and now cooking fish is like a small celebration for me. I go easy on oil keeping the nutritional value and the taste intact ( I think) and recently I had the chance to cook fish again.
Thursday night with friends, with doi maach (fish in yoghurt sauce) and steamed rice for dinner seemed perfect. Though presentation wise I don’t feel content as in a hurry i broke a few pieces while defrosting the fish, but it turned out to be decent enough for a good meal. Being the only Bengali (well partially) it was fun to watch my friends toiling with the fish bones as it hardly seemed like an effort for me. I ate with my hands after quite sometime, sat on the floor and ate like the way bengali fish and rice should be eaten. I was happier as a person for the taste and the appreciation.
- Rohu fish (kind of carp) cut into 1 to 1.5 inch thick slices 750 gms
- Plain yoghurt 1.5 cups
- 2 medium sized onions finely grated
- 1 tbsp ginger paste
- 1tbsp garlic paste
- 1 tbsp turmeric powder
- 1 tbsp chilli powder
- 4 black peppercorns
- 2 green cardamom
- 1″ stick of cinnamon
- 2 tbsp ghee or mustard oil
- 1 bayleaf
Cooking time: 30 minutes
Mix yoghurt, ginger and garlic paste, chilli powder and turmeric in a bowl. Mix it thoroughly (you can blend it as well). Coat the fish with the paste properly and marinate it for a couple of hours.
Heat ghee in a pan and put the cinnamon, peppercorn, cardamom and bay leaves and fry them well (dark0, approximately 5 minutes in medium flame.
Add marinated fish and keep stirring occasionally without breaking the pieces. Season with salt and cook for 20-25 minutes.
Serve with streamed rice.
Fish in yoghurt sauce is good for health and hardly requires any effort. So try this at home and share your experiences. 🙂