I realise just how passionate a Bengali i am everytime i go outside Kolkata…I used to wonder why my father always looked for an Indian restaurant everytime we were abroad..whether it is in the Europe or the Americas or even Japan! Now i know why! I guess after a certain age , our roots catches up with us even more..grasps us even stronger..and in our case, since we are foodies..the food..we get cravings for our type of food..be it Indian or Bengali..that takes us into the nice, warm, oh so familiar, comfort zone replete with the satisfied and content sigh that signals the -” yay so happy”- mood.
Today and a few days past, i had a bout of umm..errm..stomach trouble. Not a flattering thing to announce to the world..but yeah we all get those once in a while and its an essential element of today’s story, i am afraid So whenever i have had a ‘situation’ like this in the past, especially when we were kids, we used to be fed “shing/magur machh er jhol” with green bananas and rice for lunch..and that dish has somehow become synonymous, in our minds, with all cases of stomach upset! I do not know if this is some sort of a placebo effect or this really does have some medicinal/cooling effect on the stomach but i crave that particular curry whenever i am sick!
So, today, here at Pune, where i do not have too many things to cook with…and believe me this kitchen has never seen fish being cooked..i tried to be ambitious ( last day of the year and a Sunday!) and ordered Deshi Magur Fish from Bigbasket!
Thus started my lil culinary adventure , why adventure? Because inspite of being bengali, i have never cooked fish barring a coupla occassions long time ago (with quite dire consequences of burning my hands while frying the Fish – Papda, etc) and also a non non-stick aluminium kadai was the only vessel available to cook such a quantity on ( i always cook in non stick vessels/pans….so for the uninitiated, an aluminium kadai could be quite a shock-surely needs lots of oil as compared to its much sophisticated cousin..but yeah my cook in cal swears by them and she cannot do without the trusted aluminium kadai! So to each his own i guess)
Okay..enough history/background! Time for the recipe! I have tried to take as many pictures as i could to illustrate the process…for a newbie like me..i hope this post will help!