I had this koi fish packet weighing around 500gms from our local superstore then. I don’t know what made me pick this packet or may be a slight amount of curiosity on my part about the texture and taste perhaps. And when I opened the packet I found these healthy and frozen fish.
(Koi mach'er Jhaal, Palang Shak'er Ghonto - Recipe here and garam bhaat - a perfect lunch for a relaxing afternoon)
My hubby dear seemed to think otherwise, he couldn’t eat this fish and told me that he would have loved this gravy with pona or pabda mach, duh!! But then he is a die-hard chicken and meat lover so you can get the picture. Well, I can be as open as I can about this fish, so here I have been kind of curtailing this recipe to publish for almost a year now, pictures were saved and I have written basic guidelines then.I have re-written and edited the recipe.
Here it is koi mach’er jhaal.
Koi mach’er jhaal-climbing perch/Anabas sp.
- Koi fish-3-4
- 2 medium size onions
- 2 medium size potatoes
- 2-3 fat garlic clove
- 2-3 tsp of grated ginger
- 2-3 green chilies
- ½ cup of chopped coriander leaves for garnishing
- 1 tomato chopped finely
- 1 tsp of turmeric powder
- 2-3 tsp of red pepper powder
- 1 tsp of coriander powder
- 2-3 tbs of cooking oil
- 1 tsp of kalo jeerey/kalaunji/onion seeds
- Quarter cup of cooking oil to fry fish
- Some turmeric powder+salt to marinate the fish
- Heat up a deep bottom pan/wok/kadai.Add quarter cup of oil and let it heat up properly. Fry the marinated fish both the sides well to crisp and brown. Take out and let it cool a little bit.
- Now if you have some oil still left after frying, then don’t throw it, add 2-3 tbs of cooking oil more.
- Temper this oil with kalo jeerey/onion seeds/kalaunji, tej patta.
- Add finely chopped ginger/garlic to it. Fry it for 1 mint at med-high.
- Then add chopped onions and potatoes fry them very well with some salt for 4-5 mints at med-high.
- Add in about 1-2 cup of plain water. Add all the seasonings now-turmeric, red pepper and coriander powder to it. Adjust the salt if needed.
- Now add in fried Koi fish to the above simmering gravy.
- Cover it and cook for 6-8 mints or till the potatoes becomes soft.
- If you want a dry preparation with fish add less water.
- Garnish with lots of coriander leaves.
Addition of tomatoes is optional, if you wish you may include it to add more tanginess.
Pona/katla/rui or pabda goes well with this gravy.
Happy Cooking Friends