Thursday, 6 September 2018

Chilli Fish



The Chinese origins who have successfully settled in some parts of Kolkata have highly influenced the local community with their food. The early Chinese settlers adapted and cooked the dishes as per ingredients availabled in the local market which gave birth to Indian Chinese Cuisine. The Indian Chinese food which has less similarities with the original Chinese food is now very commonly sold at every corners of the street in Kolkata and spread across India.
Some of the common Indian Chinese dishes that are sold are chow mein,Hakka noodles, fried rice, chilli chicken or fish, manchurian,  Schezwan etc.
Last time when my husband and myself had been to the fish market, we had picked up various types of fish. After our trip back home, I found a packet of Bhetki fillets in the freezer.
My husband said, How about making Chilli Fish? - to which I agreed.
He too is a good cook, and loves to help me in the kitchen. He chopped all the vegetables required to make the dish and here is the recipe.....



For the Marinate and Fried Fish
Ingredients
400 grams Boneless Fish cubes
1 tbsp Garlic minced
Salt to taste
1/4 cup Cornflour
1/4 cup All Purpose Flour
1 tbsp Dark Soy Sauce
1 Egg beaten
1/2 cup Oil to fry


Method
Marinate the fish cubes with garlic, salt and soy sauce. Keep it aside for 15 minutes. Add the egg and mix well. Add corn flour and all purpose flour and mix well until all the fish cubes are coated well in the batter. Add oil in to a fry pan and heat it. Add the marinated fish cubes in batches and fry them until golden brown. Remove the fish on the paper towel. Keep it aside.


For the Chilli Fish
Ingredients
Fried Fish
1 Onion sliced or cubed
1 Green Capsicum sliced or cubed
8 to 10 Green Chillies cut into halves
1 tbsp Garlic minced
1 small piece Ginger cut into julienne
1 tbsp chopped Spring Onion
2 tbsp Soy Sauce
1 tbsp Green Chilli Sauce
2 tbsp White Vinegar
2 tbsp Tomato Ketchup
Salt to taste
2 tbsp Cornflour
4 tbsp Same Oil in which the fish has been fried


Method
Take a pan, heat the oil. Add garlic and ginger, sauté for few seconds. Add the onions and capsicum and continue to sauté for a minute. Add 3/4 cup water and let it simmer for a minute. Meanwhile take the corn flour in a small bowl, add 2 tbsp water and mix it. Now add the salt, soy sauce, vinegar, chilli sauce and tomato ketchup into the gravy and stir. Let it simmer for a minute. Add the fish and let simmer for few seconds. Add the green chillies and stir. Add the corn flour mix into the gravy, continue to cook till the gravy thickens up. Switch off the flame. Garnish it with chopped spring onions. Serve it hot with  noodles or fried rice.

Wednesday, 22 August 2018

Topse Maach Bhaja / Topse Maacher Fry


Topse Maach or Mango Fish is very popular in Bengal. It has several long, slender filaments below the pectoral fins. This fish of the Ganges is highly in demand. This fish comes during March to May during the mango season, hence it’s called the Mango Fish.
It’s know for fish fry / fish fritters , which is marinated, dipped in Gram flour batter and deep fried. It’s served for lunch, it’s an accompaniment with dal and it is served during occasions.


To Marinate the Mango Fish
Ingredients
500 grams Topse / Mango Fish cleaned
4 to 5 tbsp Ginger - Garlic - Green Chilli - Onion paste (1 small piece of Ginger, 6 Garlic Cloves, 3 Green Chillies and 1 small Onion)
1 tsp Red Chilli Powder
1/2 Turmeric powder
Salt to Taste
Juice of 1 small Lime


Method
Take the fish in a bowl and add all the ingredients and apply it well on the fish. Keep it aside and marinate it for an hour or more.

For the Topse Bhaja
Ingredients
Marinated Fish
1 cup Gram flour
2 tbsp Rice flour
1 tsp Poppy seeds
1/2 tsp Nigella seeds
Salt to taste
Oil for deep frying


Method
Take a bowl, add gram flour, rice powder, poppy seeds, nigella seeds and salt. Mix the ingredients well. Now add the marinated juices of the fish and little water at a time to make a thick batter. Mix it well. Keep it aside for 5 minutes. Meanwhile take a wok or a pan, add oil and let it heat. Once the oil heats up, dip the fish in the batter one at a time and gently put it in the oil. Fry 3 to 4 fish at a time on a medium low flame. Fry it till crispy brown in colour. Remove the fish on a paper towel. Serve it hot with dal and rice.

Tuesday, 21 August 2018

Asian Style Steamed Pomfrets in Banana Leaves


This steamed pomfrets are healthy as no oil is added to the dish. I have used Asian herbs and spices for the paste. It gives a strong flavour and aroma to the dish. Serve this dish with hot steamed rice. 

For the Paste
Ingredients 
  • 1 small Onion cut into pieces 
  • 1 small piece of Ginger 
  • 6 Garlic Cloves 
  • 2 Red Dried Chillies 
  • 2 Fresh Red Chillies or 1 tbsp Pickled Chillies 
  • 1/4 cup Coriander Leaves chopped 
  • 2 Lime Leaves 
  • 1 Lemongrass stalk
  • 1 tsp Shrimp paste
  • Salt to taste 

Method 
Grind all the above ingredients into a paste.

For the Steamed Pomfrets 
Ingredients 
  • 2 Whole Pomfrets cleaned, slit and marinated with salt 
  • Ground paste
  • 2 Banana Leaves cut into medium size pieces and washed
  • String 
Method 
Apply the paste on the Pomfrets. Let it marinate for 30 minutes. Take 2 to 3 pieces of the banana leaves and arrange them. Place the pomfret along with the marination on the banana leaves and wrap the banana leaves from all the sides. Tie it with a string. Take a steamer. Place the packed pomfrets into the steamer and steam the pomfrets for 20 minutes. Before eating cut open the strings, open up the banana leaves and serve it hot with steamed rice. 

Sunday, 12 August 2018

Chatpata Murgh


This a very easy dish to make. It can be made in many ways. Here is my style of making this dish. This dish is a dry dish and can be served with paratha or roti and salad. I have used coriander stem paste as it gives out a strong flavour of the coriander. You can use any spice masala instead of the curry powder. 
Ingredients 
8 Chicken Legs
1 Onion coarsely ground
3 tbsp Ginger - Garlic - Chilli paste ( 1 small piece of ginger, 6 garlic cloves and 4 green chillies)
2 tbsp Coriander stem paste 
Few Coriander leaves chopped for garnishing 
4 tbsp Curd 
Salt to taste 
1/2 tsp Turmeric powder 
1 tbsp Curry powder 
1/2 cup Mustard Oil 



Method 
Add salt, turmeric powder, curry powder, ginger - garlic - chilli paste, coriander stem paste, curd and 2 tbsp of oil to the chicken legs. Rub the ingredients well to the chicken legs. Let it marinate for 2 to 5 hours. Take a wok, add the remaining oil and let it heat. Add the marinated chicken legs. Stir, cover and let it slow cook until the chicken legs are tender. Garnish it with coriander leaves. Serve it with paratha or roti and salad. 

Thursday, 2 August 2018

Sticky Pork Belly


This piece of pork belly had been in my freezer for some time now. Even though I love pork, but I  don't cook it frequently in my house. I wanted to make crispy pork belly, but I found that the recipe was a bit lengthy, since my husband wanted to have fried rice, I thought this easy recipe was ideal to go with the fried rice. 
Pork belly is very popular and it’s a delicacy in many parts of the world. 
Here I have cooked Chinese style Sticky Pork Belly using star anise.  It’s very easy to make and extremely delicious. I love the sweet taste in it and the flavour of star anise. 
I followed kitchen Sanctuary's recipe... But I have made few changes in the recipe. 



For the Sticky Sauce
Ingredients 
2 tbsp Dark Soy Sauce 
2 tbsp Rice Wine (Optional) 
1 tsp Garlic minced 
1/2 tsp Ginger minced
1 tbsp Green Chilli minced 
Salt to taste
2 tbsp Brown Sugar
1 tbsp Honey 
2 tbsp Oil

Method 
Mix all the above ingredients together in a bowl and keep it aside. 


To make the Sticky Pork Belly
Ingredients 
500 grams Pork Belly cut into pieces 
1 Star Anise
4 to 5 sliced Ginger
4 to 5 whole Garlic crushed
1 stem of Spring Onion cut into 2 inch’s and then cut into thin slices lengthwise 
Salt to taste 
1 tbsp Brown Sugar
1 cup Vegetable stock or Chicken stock
Sticky Sauce
2 tbsp Oil 

Method 
Take a wok and add  oil, add the Pork pieces and stir it on high flame for a minute. Add the brown sugar and salt. Stir it for another minute. Remove the Pork pieces. In the same wok add the stock, ginger, garlic and star anise, let the stock come to a boil. Add the Pork Belly pieces. Cover and let it slow cook till the liquid has evaporated completely. Continue to stir the Pork belly for a minute. Add the sticky sauce, stir and cook it till the sauce has coated well on the Pork pieces. Garnish with spring onions and few red chilli slices. Serve with fried rice or enjoy as a starter.