Fish in a tomato and onion sauce inspired from the Bengali Kitchens.
Preparation time: 20 minutes Cooking time: 40 minutes Serves: 4-5 Recipe Ingredients:
500g haddock fillets (or any firm white fish )
1 large onion
2tsp turmeric powder
1tsp red chili powder
2tsp ginger paste
½ tsp cumin powder
1tsp coriander powder
½ tsp sugar
Salt to taste
3tbsp refined oil
1tbsp Chopped coriander leaves Recipe Method:
Remove any pin bones from the fish fillets and cut into large chunks. Rub 1 ½ tsp turmeric powder and 1tsp salt over the fish and set aside for 10 minutes.
Boil water in a pan. Make a cross cut on the stem side of the tomatoes. Plunge the tomatoes in boiling water for 30 seconds and remove. Peel the tomatoes and chop finely.
Chop onions very finely.
Heat oil in a large pan. Spread the fish pieces on the pan and fry till golden in color. Turn and fry on the other side as well. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside.
Add the onions to the same pan. Sauté for 5-6 minutes till soft and cooked. Add the turmeric powder, red chili powder, cumin powder, coriander powder, ginger paste, sugar and chopped tomatoes. Mix well and cook for 4-5 minutes till the tomatoes are tender.
Remove from fire, cool slightly and blend in a blender to get a coarse paste. Return the paste to the pan on the fire. Add 1cup water and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and allow to simmer for a minute.
Whisk the yoghurt and add to the simmering curry. Add the fish pieces along with any juices and simmer for 4-5 minutes. Add the chopped coriander and mix well. Remove from fire and serve hot with rice or rotis.
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