Thursday, August 30, 2012

Machli Chutney wali.....
Recipe courtesy: Raj kamal chopra ,executive chef,Mugalai sheraton,Agra

My hubby loves seafood,me not so much but love to cook. Yesterday i got this beautiful flat type fish similar to pomfret ( locally known as kapi) and tastes as good as pomfret .So when i started searching my recipe collection i got this recipe from my old 1999 march edition of Woman's era and it looked like something my husband would enjoy but at the same time i wanted to give him less oily food so instead of frying i steamed this fish in banana leaf( i have not used any oil in his fish only me and kids enjoyed it with ground nut oil which gives nutty flavour.The recipe is very simple and worth trying.
  • 4 Pomfret or any other flat variety fish
  • 1tbsp Lemon juice
  • 1tsp Red chilly powder
  • 1tbsp ginger -garlic paste
  • 6-7 Green chillies
  • 1 cup fresh coriander leaves
  • 1/2 cup green mint leaves/pudina
  • 2tsp Amchur /dry mango powder
  • 2tbsp ground nut oil
Cooking Directions
First marinate the fillets with lemon juice,red chilli powder and salt and refrigirate for 15 mins.
Next prepare chutney with green chillies,coriander and mint.
Marinate the fish with this green chutney,amchur powder, ginger-garlic paste and some ground nut oil,refrigerate for another 30 minutes.
Check for seasoning before steaming the fish.Take one banana leaf cut into 12" square pieces and gently roast over the flame to make soften the leaf.

Now apply some oil over the leaf then carefully place the fish with the chutney and carefully wrap it in a banana leaf.

Heat a non-stick pan and place the warped fish,cover it with a lid and cook on slow flame for about 10 mins on one side ,then slowly turn the fish and let it cook for about 3-4 mins.

Note: If you want to fry this fish then just heat a thick bottomed griddle on medium heat and grill these marinated fish using little oil( grill each side for about 3 mins)
To serve spread on a platter and garnish it with lemon wedges,onion rings and chaat masala( which is sprinkled on top of the fish)