Sunday, 25 January 2015

Fish In A Banana Leaf

This fish has no recipe as such - my base is always mustard paste , after that I give a twist if the mood sets in .Comes out light and full of flavors.You can make it oilfree , or drizzle raw mustard oil just before serving which is what I do . Here is the essence of the recipe - all approximates.
300 Grams Fish - Use on the bone preferably , and cut in steaks or bonless chunks.
Mustard Paste.
1 Tablespoon Black Mustard Seeds.
1 Teaspoon Yellow Mustard Seeds.
4-6 Cloves Garlic.
2-3 Green Chilies.
1/2 Teaspoon Sugar.
Grind the above to a paste , and apply on fish . Set aside.

Meanwhile take a banana leaf , cut to suitable size , press the rib with a knife to flatten / make pliable.Gently move the leaf over fire for 10 seconds.Cool leaf apply oil , place fish in the center , make a parcel as shown in the pic and bake at 180 C for about 20 minutes . You can also steam the fish for 30 minutes or so.When ready to eat , open the parcel , drizzle mustard oil and eat directly by placing the leaf on your plate.
I play with this recipe - infuse curry leaves as I did here by adding them to the marinade along with whole green chilies . You may add hung curd - 1 tablespoon , or may like some mint / coriander / coconut in the paste .

Sikandalous Cuisine

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