This Bengali Fish delicacy is traditionally cooked, wrapped in a banana leaf. But it can also be substituted with aluminium foil in case of non-availability. It is a very simple and an easy dish as too much of preparation is not required. All it needs is to mix all the ingredients and cook, wrapped in a foil / banana leaf on a low flame.
And in just 20 minutes it is ready to be devoured with plain steamed rice. In case of banana leaf, make sure to heat the leaves on an open flame to make it more pliable so that it can be wrapped very easily. These small river water fish can be substituted with anchovies too. Please check below a step by step guide with pictures to prepare it.
- 350 gms Morula maach (fish), cleaned and rinsed well
- 2 onions, sliced
- 4-5 garlic cloves, sliced
- 2 green chilies, chopped
- salt to taste
- 1/2 tsp. turmeric powder
- 1 tbsp. red chili powder or to taste
- 2 tbsp. mustard oil
- 2-3 tbsp. coriander leaves, chopped
- 1-2 tbsp. fresh coconut, grated
- 1 tbsp. poppy seeds paste (opt)
- 1 tbsp. mustard seeds paste
- foil / banana leaf as required
In a bowl mix together all the above mentioned ingredients. Place it on a foil / banana leaf and secure well with a tooth pick in case of a banana leaf.
Heat a tawa / griddle and place the wrapped foil on it and cook on a low flame for 20 minutes by flipping it over at an interval of 5 minutes.
Serve it in the foil itself with plain steamed rice or in a serving dish, garnished with coriander leaves and fresh chilies.