Tuesday, 24 October 2017


..... the hangover of 'Golmaal Again' last night continues. Once in a while watching such movies are relax-ing .... we do not have to think much .... just chill kind of.... I am not a kind of a person for whom smiles come naturally so I feel happy to see myself giggling all through for 21/2 hours .... there was a story line ... nothing special .... that same old cliched Bollywood stories of property swapping, love-betrayal-revenge. It was not a letdown because we did not go for a story but for some comic relief. Did we really need a talent called Tabu aka Tabassum Fatima Hashmi for that role?.... anyone could have done that.... well Bollywood seldom makes movies where an actress of her calibre suits in.... I am not for a blame game.... everyone is here to earn.... who can deny money is honey?... only if it could leave behind the associated malice and come clean in our lives.... only if we could look down / at people who are not so fortunate with a nose as flat as mine.... even my favourite mutton / hilsa costs 30-40 dollars per kilogram.... I used to eat them while dreaming of owning a kalashnikov rifle once and bring justice to an imbalanced society.... hypocrite ?... you have the right to call me.... even this boy.... the very talented singer, lyricist, film director .... Anindya Chatterjee was seen frequently with the "DSO" following "dadas and didis"at college, hanging out with them at College Street. Besides "Projapoti Biskut," we wish something else too from him.... something based on what he believed in.... As of me, I still take immense pleasure in both ..... eating biryani and reading Jhumpa's "The Lowland"..... who is right? those who stood strong against state atrocities or those who fled to different countries of wealth? Could there be something in between which could help people in need? Giving up tender lives is bad.... fleeing and forgetting all about your ideology is even worse unless you are funding a movement with a cause .... In such a situation, watching a 'Golmaal Again' helps.... also helpful is a plate of TAWA ALOO MACCHI served with tomato rice ..... trust me haha.....

This week is a week for celebration at this home .... there will be a lot of cooking, going out for movies or otherwise ..... What is a celebration without fish and meat for the carnivores in this family? This humble fish platter of spice coated potato and fish... "TAWA ALOO MACCHI was done few days back...... I do not blog on what I cook.... immediately.... I meant not often I do that.... moreover do my friends allow me to do so? With lesser amount of brain activity, I am unable to think beyond a limit. My brain cells do not allow me to analyse unless it is a good movie or a book ... my areas of interest.... so you are always welcome to call me 'Ms. Mistake'..... while I call myself 'Mistaken'.... both wise I am ok and will never give in for a correction. I myself do not know when there will be an emotional outbreak within me or should I go public with it?..... leave me at myself.... I cannot claim that either if I am making my feelings public. 'Analysis' is not my cuppa .... never at this moment.... the sky seems so bright.... with patches of green all over ..... amidst that the high rises and the peeping rooftop of the red and white themed 'homes' say ..... 'hum saath saath hai'...... Since I am a  package quite irritating, what best I can do for you is sharing this simple and yum recipe of spice marinated fish and potato cooked in less oil in a pan that was served with Tomato rice. Come let us cook together TAWA ALOO MACCHI which you can pair with any kind of rice preparation or enjoy as an appetiser.

Boneless Fish : 500-600gm [any firm white fish]
Potato : 1big [boiled]
Onion : 1medium [sliced]
Curry Leaf : 1-8
Cornflour : 1tbsp
Lemon Juice : 5tbsp + 2tbsp
Black Pepper Corn : 1tsp
Coriander Seeds : 1tsp
Cumin Seeds : 1 tsp
Dry Red Chilli : 2-3
Garam Masala Powder : 1/2tsp
Chaat Masala : 1/2tsp
Turmeric Powder : 1tsp
Cumin Powder : 1/4tsp
Coriander Powder : 1/4tsp
Red Chilli Powder : 1/4tsp
Aamchur Powder : 1/4tsp [dry mango powder]
Salt : As Required
Oil : 4 tbsp +1tbsp


Wash the fish fillets thoroughly, marinate with 3 tbsp of lemon juice.

Dry roast and grind to a powder the following spices .... black peppercorns, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, dry red chillies.

Discard the excess water from the fish and add the freshly made spice powder, cornflour,1/3of turmeric powder, little salt, 2tbsp of lemon juice and garam masala powder to it. Keep aside for an hour.

Cut half the boiled potato and further into smaller pieces, cutting it lengthwise looks good. Marinate with 2 tsp lemon juice, salt, turmeric, cumin powder, coriander powder, red chilli powder, aamchur powder. Keep aside for 1/2 an hour.

Heat 4tbsp oil in a pan. Gently place the marinated fish pieces discarding the excess marinade.

Cook for 4-5 minutes at low heat. Turn over and cook further till the outer layer is more or less crisp. Cooking at low heat is a must.

Take out the cooked fish and arrange in a serving plate. Add little oil to the pan if required. Once hot, add the curry leaves, stir and at once add the onion slices.

Stir for 2-3 minutes and add the spice marinated boiled potatoes, stir.

Let cook uncovered for 3-4 minutes at low heat stirring gently in between. We should be done.

Arrange them atop the fish pieces and it is ready to serve. We enjoyed the TAWA ALOO MACCHI with Tomato Rice. You can enjoy the dish with any kind of rice preparation or enjoy it as an appetiser.


  1. Fish I bet will make my fish husband happy. Gonna make it for him.

    1. oh is he? So much a pleasure Navaneetham if you may.... we are by default fish lovers....

  2. even at times I cook and blog after months :P... This is a lovely meal for a fish lover