I come from the Eastern part of India, West Bengal, where fish is a staple diet served in most households. There are various versions and ways to prepare and serve fish like steamed fish ,fish cutlets, fried fish and of course fish curry. Grilling or baking fish in Indian cuisine is not very common purely because of the limited use of oven in most households.
To the astonishment of some of my fellow Indians, the fact that I do not or rather did not enjoy eating fish being a Bengali was indeed very intriguing! Its not that I dislike fish,its just one of those tastes which I simply did not savor. It was primarily due to the strong smell especially while being cooked that lingered in the room and in my nose which restrained me from trying it. The other reason being that the fish cuts in India has bones and more the bones better the taste, if I was to believe my grannies advise! So not only did it have a strong stench but it was a treasure hunting exercise to enjoy the relics!!
But as they say that one matures with age, I guess I too graduated into liking it more, purely driven by the fact that is was perhaps one of the most easiest meals one could cook! It was my way of coaxing myself into liking it for my own benefit and also because of the thousands of health articles one reads on the benefits of including fish in ones diet especially during pregnancy. Need I say that after depriving my fish loving husband of his favorite curries for about 4 – 5 years into our marriage, this was perhaps the only way to fish for compliments ???? !!
This particular dish also has a story behind it. It is perhaps one of the first fish dishes I ever tried and LOVED it!! One, it did not have any bones and two, being marinated with aromatics and then fried ,it simply killed that fishy smell which I so resented! It was one of those fish dishes which required simple ingredients and very little of your time apart from marinating it and coming back to it later.My daughter too loves this one! Its somewhat an Indian version of fish fingers but of course as all things in this blog we will be spicing it upp !!
|Any firm white fillet of fish – 300 gms|
|Oil for shallow frying|
|Lemon juice – 1 lemon|
|Olive oil – 2 tbsp|
|Black pepper powder to taste|
|Salt – to taste|
|Onion Juice extracted from one medium sized onion|
|Ginger – 1/2 inch|
|Garlic – 3 pods|
|Green chillies deseeded – 2 or more if you like it hot|
|Coriander leaves – few springs|
|Beaten egg – 1|
|Bread crumbs – 3/4 cup|