Fish in Mustard Seeds Sauce

Fish in Mustard Gravy is the staple food of Bengali cuisine, where mustards seeds and mustard oil are favorite ingredients used in many dishes. It has a strong flavor but uniqe and interesting taste. It is eaten with plain boiled rice.

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Serves 2

  • 1 lb (450g) pieces of fish
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 big tomato pured
  • 3 tbsp brown mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1.7 oz/ 50 g coconut, dieced
  • 1 inch/2.5 cm ginger
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • 2 -3 green chilies
  • 1 tsp red chili powder
  • 1 tsp coriander powde
  • 2 tsp whole cumin powder
  • 1 ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp poppy seeds (optional)
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • salt to taste
  • juice of ½ lemon
  • 4-5 tbsp oil
  • 3 tbsp coriander leaves, chopped to garnish

How to make Fish in Mustard Seeds:

  1. Wash the fish pieces. Sprinkle with pinch of salt, lemon juice and keep aside. Wash off after 20mminutes.
  2. If you using poppy seeds: Toast the poppy for 2 minutes in a pan for 2 minutes on low heat. Then soak in 3 tbsp of water for 15 minutes.
  3. Put into the blender or food processor salt, turmeric powder, poppy seeds, mustard seeds, coconut, ginger, garlic, green chilies, cumin and coriander powder. Add a little water at a time (up to a half cup) as required.
  4. Heat the oil in a large non-sticking pan. Add the mixture and fry on medium heat for 6-7 minutes, stirring continnuously adding a little water at a time, if required.
  5. Add the tomatoes and saute for 5 minutes. Then pour in 2 cups of water. Simmer for 8 minutes on a low heat. Add salt to taste and lemon juice.
  6. Finaly, add the fish pieces and cook for 5 minutes or until done. Fish should be soft but be carefull not to overcooked. Sprinkle with fresh coriander leaves before serving.

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