Today I am posting a delicious fish gravy preparation made with Bhetki fish. It is a very authentic Bengali recipe and one of the best preparation of Bhetki fish. The dish is little spicy and rich in flavor and color. The process of making this beautiful dish is very easy. Hope you will enjoy this Bengali delicacy.
Cooking time – 45 minutes. Serve – 4.
- Bhetki piece – 4 nos.
- Potato (medium) – 1 (cut into pieces)
- Cauliflower (small) – 1 (cut into florets)
- Tomato (medium) – 1 (finely chopped)
- Cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp.
- Bay leaf – 1.
- Ginger paste – 1/2 tsp.
- Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp.
- Chilly powder – 1/2 tsp.
- Cumin powder – 1/2 tsp.
- Coriander powder – 1/2 tsp.
- Oil – 3/4 cup.
- Ghee – 1 tsp.
- Salt to taste.
- Garam masala powder – 1/2 tsp.
- Slit green chilly – 4
Clean and wash the fish well and marinate with 1/4 tsp.of salt and a pinch of turmeric powder. Keep aside until use. By adding 1 tsp.of salt boil 4 cups of water in a pan. Remove pan from the heat. To this add the cauliflower florets. Keep aside for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes transfer the florets to a colander. In a small bowl take all the masala powders (turmeric, chilly, cumin,coriander) and 1 cup of water. Mix them well. Keep the masala mix aside.
Heat 1/2 cup of oil in a frying pan. When it is hot reduce the heat. Add the fish pieces and fry until brown on both sides. Take out the fish from the oil, keep aside. In the remaining oil add the cauliflower florets and fry till light brown on every sides. Remove pan from the heat, transfer the cauliflower florets in a bowl. Clean the frying pan.
Place the frying pan on heat. Add 1/4 cup of oil. When it is hot reduce the heat. Add cumin seeds and fry. When the cumin looks brown add the potato pieces and bay leaf. Fry for 2 minutes. Add tomato and ginger paste, saute for 1 minute. Add the masala mix, saute on slow flame till oil separates and the raw smell of the masala goes off. If needed add 1/2 cup of water and saute for extra few minutes.
Add 3 to 4 cups of water, increase the heat and allow it to boil. Add the fried fish and cauliflower, salt and slit green chilly. Cover the pan, simmer for 4 to 6 minutes (stir slowly in between). When the gravy starts thickening mix ghee and garam masala powder. Remove pan from the heat, cover and give 10 minutes standing time.
Delicious Bengali recipe Bhetki fish with cauliflower is ready. Serve with plain rice/jeera rice/pulao.