In my blog on Fish in Mustard Masala, I had promised to give the recipe for Fish in Garam Masala.That was quite a while ago. During the intervening period, I did cook other fish dishes such as grilled fish, fried fish, patra fish etc. But not fish in garam masala. I did so today specially to redeem my promise. I cooked the fish in garam masala but with green peas. It can be as well prepared without the green peas.
- Fish 1/2 kg
- Green peas 150 gms
- Tomato purie 3/4 cup
- Onion 2 medium
- Ginger garlic paste 2 tea spoon
- Dhania powder 1 tea spoon
- Turmeric powder 1 tea spoon
- Red chili powder
- Green chilies
- Garam masala 1/4 tea spoon
- Dhania leaves
- For this preparation I took 1/2 kg of rohu fillet cut into about 1 inch square pieces. But this dish can certainly be prepared with smaller size fish ( but not too small ) and other than rohu as well such as katla, tengra, sole etc.
- Wash the fish well so as to remove any scales or blood.
- Marinate in salt and 1/2 tea spoon turmeric powder for say 15 minutes or so.
- Chop onions
- Split 2 green chilies length-wise
- Fry the fish in oil. Any cooking oil can be used. However, mustard oil gives better result.
- Heat 2 table spoon oil in a deep bottom pot.
- When the oil becomes hot, add chopped onions and saute.
- When the onions become brownish, add ginger-garlic paste, dhania powder, turmeric powder, red chili powder.
- Add 2 table spoon of water and fry till the masalas are cooked.
- Add green peas and fry for a minute.
- Add tomato purie and salt and cook till the tomato purie is cooked.
- Add about 2 cups of water and let it boil.
- Add the fried fish and stir gently so that the fish pieces do not break.
- Let it simmer for a while to let the masala soak into the fish pieces and the gravy becomes of desired thickness. It should be kept in mind that the gravy thickens after cooling.
- Add garam masala, dhania leaves and remove from fire.
The fish is ready to be served. Garnish with split green chilies and dhanis leaves or any other garnishing that you may like and serve.
Fish curry generally goes best with plain rice.
You may cook without green peas or replace green peas with boiled and fried potatoes also. Actually, it does taste quite delicious with potatoes.