Friday, September 2, 2011

Fish Roast - Toddy Shop Style

A Toddy Shop in the middle of Paddy field

This is a Spicy Fish preparation, available at a Toddy shop near my village. The cook is my friend and hence, he shared the secret of the recipe. The Secret behind this recipe is Asafoetida ( Hing).  I will post a similar prawn recipe later.

The Recipe
This recipe is for 500 gms fish.
Clean and cut the fish into medium size (curry size) pieces.
Put 3 medium size cambodge ( Kudampuli) in half cup hot water. ( We will use this later)

Heat 2 Tbsp oil in a pan/ Kadai
Crackle 1/4 tsp Mustard seeds
Add 1 inch ginger & 7-8 pods Garlic - Both finely crushed.
Add few curry leaves.
Fry till the flavour comes out.

Add 200 gms Onion ( Julienne cut). Shallots will definitely better if available.
Add 7-8 Green Chillies- Slit
Saute well till onions are transparent. Onions should not get brown.
Add one Large ripe tomato - cubed.
Add salt

Now its time to Add the spice.........
1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
2 Tbsp Coriander powder
1 Tbsp Chillie powder ( Not Kashmiri chillie)
Saute well on low flame. Add 1 Tsp of Fish Masala (Ready made. Try to get Daily brand Fish Masala)
Add the cambodge and the water. Cook for a minute.
Add enough water for the gravy. May be another 300 ml will be sufficient. Bring it to boil.

The Secret......
Add half a teaspoon of Asafoetida powder
NOW, you can add the fish pieces, Correct salt to taste
Cook on slow fire till oil separates and the Gravy should be in a medium consistency.

The Yummy fish roast is ready and can be served with Tapioca, Rice, Chapathis or Parathas.

Instead of adding water, you can add coconut milk and you get a moderate spicy curry, which of course tastes different.