Sunday, 23 November 2014

Hilsa Begun

I love to cook when I am with my family but when alone I just avoid cooking as much as possible. Anyway may be because of that I finally got some time  to Blog again after quite a long break.
To a Bengali Rainy season is incomplete without Hilsa fish. There are countless dishes one can prepare with Hilsa. Hilsa Begun is just one of them. 

Ingredients :
5 to 6 Hilsa (Ilish) pieces
1 Brinjal (Begun in Bengali) : Cut in thick slices
4 to 5 Green chillies slit vertically
Salt & Sugar to taste  
Mustard oil
Mustard paste
Kalunji or nigella seeds
Turmeric powder
Curd (optional)

Sprinkle turmeric powder and salt over the fish slices. Spread the spices evenly over the pieces by hand. Marinate for at least 15 minutes. Now heat  oil in a Kadai and fry the fish pieces one or two at a time. Fry till both side become golden brown. Similarly marinate the Brinjal pieces with turmeric 
powder and salt. Then fry them till they become golden.
Next heat  oil in a Kadai and add pinch of Kalunji seeds. When they start to splutter add the 
splitted green chillies. Give a stir. Then add Mustard paste and water in the Kadai and bring them to boil. Then carefully place the fried fish and Brinjal pieces into the Kadai. Add sugar/salt according to your taste. I sometimes add curd paste in it to give a little tangy twist.
Then cover the Kadai and simmer for few minutes. Serve hot with plain Rice.

Hilsa Begun

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