Thursday, 5 January 2017

Bhetki Macher Kanta Chorchori...


Bhetki or (Barramundi) is quite a popular fish. We Bengalis have many preparations made from Bhetki. The small size is used to make jhol or jhal. And the big size ones are cut into fillets and made into cutlets, paturi, chops, fish fingers etc. Moreover even the remaining bone along with some flesh and head are also not wasted and it is made into Kanta Chorchori. You will not find this delectable dish in any of the restaurants. It is a very simple traditional dish cooked at home. Simply have it with hot steaming rice and it is divine... 

Ingredients 
Bhetki head and bones cut into pieces marinated for 5 minutes with 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder and salt.
1 tsp Garlic and Ginger paste 
2 Green chillies slit 
2 big size Onions sliced 
2 big size Potatoes cut into wedges 
1 Tomato cut into wedges 
1/2 tsp Turmeric powder 
1/2 tsp Chilli powder 
1/2 tsp Cumin powder 
1/2 tsp Coriander powder 
1/4 tsp Garam Masala powder 
1/2 tsp Sugar 
Salt to taste
1 small stick Cinnamon 
1 Green Cardomom
2 Cloves
1 Bay leaf 
1/4 cup Mustard Oil 

Method 
Take a wok. Add mustard oil. Heat it till the smoking point.  Reduce the flame. Fry the bone and the head till golden brown in colour. Remove it from the wok and keep it aside. In the same oil add the cinnamon, green cardomom and cloves. Let it crackle. Add the bay leaf and the green chillies. Add the onions and sauté it till light brown in colour. Add the ginger - garlic paste. Sauté for a minute. Add the potatoes. Stir fry the potatoes for a minute. Add the tomato. Stir it. Add the salt, sugar, turmeric powder, chilli powder, cumin powder, coriander powder and garam masala powder. Stir it and add the fish bones. Stir and add 1/2 cup water. Cover and cook till the potatoes are cooked and the water has evaporated. Server it hot with hot steaming rice.