Another lazy fair from my kitchen. Such dishes which do not have a tradition associated with them does not give me much pleasure doing and then blogging on them. Then again I think, the pleasure is elsewhere... my men love such fairs.... that should be satisfying enough for me. Looking at their happy faces , I decide I should blog on it too, there might be many who look for quick solutions for busy weeknights. Though I love cooking, I must admit I am aging and somedays I do wish to spend minimum time in the kitchen. At large I would always love to keep my kitchen a traditional one stirring up traditional recipes and compiling them.
Such combo meals I stir up when there is no food stored in the refrigerator, my pantry is almost empty, it is 7pm and I am unable to decide what to cook. At a Bengali home a fish and rice meal is always a hit. My junior is not fond of fish curries, me too do not get interest to cook up a curry if it is not a fresh water one. So this dry spiced fish was cooked up in a jiffy. I love using coconut in my cooking whenever possible and spicing up my dishes with Indian spices is a must.The idea of cooking a herbed rice dish flavoured with Indian fresh herbs was on line for long because coriander leaves, curry leaves and kasoori methi[dried fenugreek leaves] are always in my store. Believe me, their combined flavour was really worth it. So this combo meal of DRY SPICED FISH N INDIAN HERBED RICE was a hit at my home, which I hope you will like too. Let us cook it together.
INGREDIENTS :[for dry spiced fish]
Fish Fillets[any] : 8[I used Salmon]
Shredded Coconut : 2tbsp
Curry Leaves : 6-7
Onion[cubed] : 1[medium]
Green Chilli : 3-4[slitted]
Coriander Powder : 1tsp
Cumin Powder : 1tsp
Red Chilli Powder : 1tsp
Garam Masala Powder : 1/2tsp
Lemon Juice : 3-4tbsp
Salt : As required
Turmeric Powder : 1/2tsp
Fenugreek Seeds : 2pinches
Refined Flour : 1tsp
Oil : 4-5tbsp
INGREDIENTS :[for the Indian herbed rice]
Rice : 1big cup[long grained]
Coriander Leaves : 2tbsp[chopped]
Curry Leaves : 8-10
Kasoori Methi[dried fenugreek leaves] : 1tsp
Shredded Coconut : 2-3 tbsp
Black Mustard Seeds : 1/4tsp
Red Chilli : 2-3[halved]
Turmeric Powder : 2-3pinches
Salt : As required
Lemon Juice : 2tbsp
Oil : 3-4 tbsp
Wash the fish pieces nicely and rub with half of the turmeric, red chilli, cumin, coriander powders, salt and lemon juice. Keep aside for an hour.
Cook the rice in enough water till 60-70 % done. Drain the water and spread over a newspaper.
Heat oil in a wide wok. Temper with halved red chillies, mustard seeds, dried fenugreek leaves and curry leaves. Add the shredded coconut and stir till its little brown. Add the rice, fold in well.
Add salt, turmeric powder, chopped coriander leaves, lemon juice. Stir at high heat carefully for a minute. Our Indian herbed rice is done.
For the dry spiced fish, heat oil in a frying pan. Discard the fish marinade, dust them with refined flour and lightly fry in batches.
Temper same oil with fenugreek seeds. As they give a nice aroma, take them out of the oil.
Add curry leaves to the oil, saute. Add the onions and green chillies, saute for 1-2 minutes till golden brown.
Add the shredded coconut and fry till light brown. Add all the powdered spices and salt. Add 1/4 small cup water. Gently add the fried fish pieces. Fold in well. Let cook for 2-3 minutes.
Serve with a salad of your choice.