Sunday, December 1, 2013

Bori diye Macher Jhol ( Light fish curry with lentil dumplings)

traditional fish curry


Rohu fish - 6 pieces

Potato - 1 medium (cut lengthwise)

Tomato - 1 medium (cut lengthwise)

Bori ( dried lentil dumpling) - a handful ( i used the urad dal bori here) 

Mustard oil - 2 tbsp for frying + 1 tsp for the curry

Nigella seeds (kalojeera/kalonji) - a pinch

Cumin paste (Jeera) - 1 big tbsp (soak whole jeera seeds in warm water and then grind into a fine paste)

Ginger paste - 1 tbsp

Turmeric powder - 1 tsp + 1 tsp

Kashmiri red chilli powder - 1 tsp ( i use it mainly for the colour)

Salt - to taste

Warm water - 2 cups

Green chillies - 8-10 nos 


Wash and clean the fish pieces . Smear with turmeric and salt and keep aside.

In a pan heat 2 tbsp mustard oil. Once the oil heats up, add the boris (lentil dumplings) and fry till light brown in colour. Keep aside.

In the same oil , fry the fish and keep aside.

In the same pan add the remaining mustard oil. Once the oil reaches smoking point , reduce the heat and add the nigella(kalojeera) seeds.Once it splutters add the cut potatoes and tomato. 

Fry till the potatoes turn light brown in colour. Next add the ginger paste , cumin paste , turmeric , red chilli powder and salt.

Mix well and roast the masala mixture well adding some warm water in between.

Once the masalas are fried add 2 cups warm water, cover the pan and let it simmer for 10 mins till the potatoes are cooked through.

Next add the fried boris, fish pieces and the green chillies and mix well into the gravy.

Give it a quick simmer and remove from heat.

Serve with hot rice and some lemon wedges.

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