Last weekend my hubby S wanted to eat some bangla fish, so he decided to go to the Bangladeshi fish market and bought Koi Mach. I was just feeling like shorshe too and had soaked some shorshe for grinding. I generally mix the Yellow and Black mustard to just stabilise the zing and sharpness. And of course this make the digestion a little easier. I must admit the real bongs could strongly oppose this as it would reduce the shorsher Jhaanch..but I can blame being on NRI status for many years now, the stomach has also converted to more gentle handling...whatever!! right!! And of course my little boy can also happily and yummily enjoy this milder version of shorshe. So if you want the strong version go for the Black mustard on its own. Another option could be also the easy but equally tasty one- Sunrise Mustard Powder. Ok I think I had enough of shorshe discussion..lets get to the fish now.
Thanks to my helper A, she cleaned the fish for me and also related to a Philippine version- called it a small Telapia. Honestly, I had no clue, looked very much Koi to me and was written Koi too. Of course, hubby S is brilliant in choosing fish and I trust him ..after all the love for fish and varieties of fish also evolved in me only after S came in my life. I still remember those newly wed days in Australia, when S bought Salmon for the first time and yes that was me standing with a big question mark!!!Phew!! How do I cook this? This was 10 years ago..and then the story started and an increasing love for fish and cooking varieties of fish...Thanks to S again for this.
on a Saturday afternoon with Gorom bhaat and Bhaja Mooger Daal.
Whole Koi Fish- 7 -8 pieces ( of course I had to give 1 fried fish straight from the pan to S)
Mustard Paste- 5 Tbsp
Yoghurt - 3 tbsp
Cumin Powder - 1tsp
Fresh Coriander Leaves- a bunch
Salt to taste
How I Made-
I rubbed the cleaned Fish with salt , turmeric and some Mustard oil. Now this is something which I learnt from my mum, this oil will stop from any accidents like oil splutters when I fry the fish.
After about 15 minutes, I fried the fish in Mustard oil, nicely on both sides. Then I took the fish out and put in on a plate
In a bowl, I added mustard paste, yoghurt, turmeric, ginger, salt, cumin powder. If you want you can add chilli powder too. Mix this into a paste, if required add water.
Then I heated the pan with the leftover oil from frying . I added Black Cumin and chillies to the hot oil. Then I added the ginger and stirred. To this, I added the spice paste and mixed nicely.
I added some water to boil the spice. I add hot water for continuous cooking. Then cover the pan and let it cook on slow flame.
After a nice boil, I added the fried fish and the fresh chillies and covered again. I let it cook for about 10 minutes, until I see the oil separating a bit. It should not be runny gravy though (special instructions from S- makha makha)
To this I added few drops of mustard oil which gives that special aroma and sprinkled coriander leaves generously.
Plate this on a flat serving dish and enjoy ...