Friday, September 3, 2010

MACHHER JHOL WITH VEGETABLES ( Thin fish curry with vegetables) from "RECIPE JUNCTION"

Nowadays I am busy lazing and watching Indian soaps, like Nakusa, Lado, CID, Sasural genda phool, et al.,  lying down on sofa ( when SOMEONE is not around). Of course cooking, like a daily chore, typical for a house-husband, is continuing.
I could not resist myself from cooking this dish. The reason is, I had deviated from the traditional recipe slowly. And we, the house-cooks , always deviate in search of new taste etc. So by cooking this dish, I have brought myself back on track to the traditional recipe, thanks to Indrani of Recipe Junction. Use of right quantity of turmeric is the crux of the things.
I never make any deviation, while trying a recipe posted by a blog-friend. Here I could not use Cauliflower, as I did not have any in stock and the lunch time was fast approaching and you will appreciate how dangerous it is to earn the wrath of the better half who is hungry. The sautéed cauliflower with few brown spots add a great flavor to all Cauliflower dishes.
Here are the photographs and tips for my southern friends ...use any fish including sea fish. If you dont have " Panch PhoDon" use Fennel, Methi and cumin as a minimum.
For details of cooking instruction please click " Recipe Junction"
I have used the following 
INGREDIENTS
Sweet water fish 5 pieces marinated with salt and turmeric, fast fried to brown . ( please use any fish of your choice, sea or sweet water or small fish)
Potato 2 , medium, peeled and cut to large pieces.
parmal ( patol) 6, peeled and cut ( leave a strand of skin to keep the dimensional consistency.)
Barbati ( long beans) 15 and cut to 11/2 inch 
Mustard oil 3 tbsp ( any oil will do)
Turmeric 3 tsp
Cumin powder 11/2 tsp
Ginger paste 2 tsp
Green chili 4 ( more the merrier)\
Tomato large , cut to small pieces.
Dry red chili one for seasoning with panch PhoDon.
Red chili powder 1 tsp ( adjust to suit you).
If I have missed any, here, refer to original recipe at Recipe Junction
You can add other vegetables but Cauliflower is recommended.

PROCESS 
Please refer to Recipe Junction

PHOTOS 
These photos are taken with my 2006, Khadus vintage camera, an old friend cant get rid of it....:-)


 Fried fish and the ingredients ( add few cauliflowers, I didn't  have it)


 Cooking halfway through 

The final dish 


 Eat with rice and squeezing a bit of lemon while eating is amazing.


Thanks Indrani for sharing this recipe.......



30 comments:

Sanjana said...

Nice to see you blogging again! Having a rest from the usual hectic lifestyle sounds great- especially the lying on the sofa thing, along with cooking! What better way to chill out?! I would love to try this with cauliflower- it is a hugely underrated veggie in my opinion. Have a wonderful, relaxing weekend! :)

Rahin said...

looks delicious Ushnish ! I agree with wht you say abt deviating from original in search of a new taste :) happens to me all the time

preeti said...

Really a good recipe and its looks so yummy..!

Fish Products

Gauri Gharpure said...

This is the dish that is so simple and delicious and available at any tiny eatery all over WB.. thanks for mentioning it here along with the nice photos..

Also, I am very sorry i couldn't get back to you about the blogger article..here's the link of the article that was published finally:

http://epaper.timesofindia.com/Repository/ml.asp?Ref=VE9JS00vMjAwOS8xMS8yMiNBcjAwMjAx&Mode=HTML&Locale=english-skin-custom

Nostalgia said...

Oh my! That looks delicious. You make such pokes at you better half. She must be so sweet to take it all.

Devasena Hariharan said...

hi uncle, interesting combination.. your SomeOne must have loved it..

Sreelekha Sumesh said...

Love this recipe.Looks really yummy!

Sushma Mallya said...

That looks very delicious, i love fish and this looks like a worth trying one...

Priya said...

Looks super delicious ushnish..Seems u r back with a bang, yummy dish..

Nandini said...

Hello sir! The fishy dish is very lovely and scrumptious! I've never added other veggies except mango and brinjal in a fish dish.

Nandini's Food Page

Sayantani said...

Indrani keo bollam ei macher jhol akhon amader barite pray roj hay. chele'r jonyo banai sange amrao khai. khub bhalo lage.
Apni kamon achen? amay hatat kore Kolkata jete hoechilo...fire khub bhugchi. chele'r khub jar ar amar indigestion er problem to chiloi tabe aj theke dekhchi khub ga hat pa byatha korche. kije habe. apnara sabdhane thakben. between oi serial gulo ami kakhano dekhini tabe recently Star Jalsa te akta khub sundor serial hoche. Rituparno Ghosh er Gaaner Oparey. Rabindranath er samasamakiyotto niye. dekhte paren. amar nakedin pare khub bhalo legeche.

Kamalika said...

Apni kothaye chhilen..onekdin bhabhachhilam apnar kono comment na dekhe, apni bodhhoe abar kono trip e achhen.....Jai hok...Indranir ei dish ta satti khub bhalo...amakeo try korte hobe.....apnar dish ta dekhte darun tempting hoechhe.....ami koekta recent dish post korechhi...dekhe janaben kamon....apnar feedback khub precious amar kachhe....

Jaya said...

Ushnish Da,
onek din por aapnar eyi post ta dekhlaam, aapni real life e basto chilen bodhaye..tai virtual life/blog e kono update chilo na..I am glad eyi post ta besh bhalo laglo pore.Amra bean/begon bori diye mache'er jhaal kori.Eyi ta ekbar baniye dekhte hobe.
Regards

Kamalika said...

Dear UShnishda....khub bhalo laglo apnar comment dekhe....thanks for the birthday wish too....

Now coming to Bhapa Sandesh, your comment made be utterly surprised that you have not heard about bhapa sandesh...ami nije bengali sweet sombondhye khub kom jani....Kolkata te biye hobar por besh ektu knowledge berechhe machh abong mishti related....tobe chhoto theke bhapa sandesh khub shunechhi abong kheyechhi...ei mishti ti aar kono name famous kina janina...tobe bhapa sandesh bangalider khub priyo abong famous mishti eta jani....apni ektu khonj kore dekhben....onnyo kono nam thakle amake pls janaben....

Viki's Kitchen said...

This seems a wonderful fish dish, with so many vegetables and mild sauce. Will try it soon. I too use my digi cam that we bought by 2004 Dec:) and its a great buddy. Recently hubby presented me a SLR and I am handling it like a stone age lady:) I think I should go for a class to handle it. But the older versions are easier.
While in Madras, my friend used to bring me freshly caught fish from a nearby pond in the evening. They taste great. Being a native of a coastal village, I love fish in any form:) That Fried fish tempts me a lot.

Akila said...

really very nice...

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eve's lungs said...

Hello went through your posts . I love that you are popularising common bangla food . Amaae machher jhol ektu o bhalo lagey na but your post is quite inspiring :)

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Dear Ushnishda

This is Sudeep, husband of Deepa. Inspired by your blog I have decided to compliment you.Your Macher Jhol simply looks delicious. Amar Ma chotobela theke aaj obdi kom kore ek bela ei preparation ta banaye. Let me also try preparing this macher jhol same to same as described. Hope my better half would like it as well.

Best Regards

Sudeep

Ushnish Ghosh said...

Dear sudeep
I am flattered !!! You must try this dish but please follow Indrani's blog directly, step by step. You are very right we all ate this type of jhol most days as Fish is our staple diet and one cant eat rich ones every day...also there is another one which is cooked with just Kalo jeere kacha lanka sombora, lot of Holud.
Cooking is a very good hobby, a great stress reliever after office, like if you are angry with your boss ( home and office boss) , you can add lot of chili that day ha ha
As it is said " Cooking a dish a day...keeps the doctor away ""
Let me know your progress in cooking and surprising Deepa
Bhalo theko ...

aipi said...

Hi Ushnish da,
Good to see your post after a long time..Hope your stay in Taipei was fun. Its always good to see a fellow blogger recreate a dish and you did it perfectly.
I saw your comment on my aloo kathal post the other day .. am glad you liked it. Yes the dish definitely has a Bong influence as I come from a region neighboring West Bengal.

Take care and have a great weekend.

Aipi

US Masala

Shabs.. said...

I have never had fish with vegetables and the dish really looks good...love the way u write and the way u describe...lol..(Lying on sofa when someone is not around...)hehehe....simply hilarious...nice recipe btw..

Gouri Guha said...

Ushnishda, I also cook this dish often at home. It is such a comfort dish. This is a Bong special and...bangalira rooj mach bhat khete bhalo bashe. tai na? The simplicity of this is good...after all not so spicy...

There is something waiting for you on my blog. Please come and meet your Surprise.

Enjoy your weekend.
Gouri (Didibhai)

Ushnish Ghosh said...

Dear Friends
Thanks for the comments..I am feeling embarrassed...All credit goes to Indrani of recipe Junction. I just made a course correction by adopting the right quantity of spice and the process from Indrani's blog..
If I knew , I would get so much appreciation by following others recipes..I would have posted 100s of them which I have cooked from my blog sphere.
Nevertheless..I am delighted.
Have a nice week ahead

Jagruti જાગૃતિ said...

Hello dada

nice to see you back in action...you've done justice to this lovely dish:)
enjoy your stay!

Pavithra said...

You always comeup with the unique combination of veggies in curries..which I slways love it and wish to try it too. This is awesome ..seeing the curry my mouth waters..looks really delicious.

sangeeta said...

Even i like light fish gravies and cooked with veggies is YUMMY for me , if not for the husband.
The spice balance especially haldi if the spices are so low is so important.

Indrani said...

Ushnishda, I am feeling really happy that you tried this recipe and liked it so much, Boudir bhalo legeche nischoi...darun hoyeche dekhte apnar jhol tao, and any combination of veggie is ok for this recipe..thanks a lot for so much of humble credits, I'm flattered, dada

Babli said...

Shobji diye machher jhol specially potol diye ekta aladai taste. Ekhane to potol pawa jaina tai ami fulkopi r alu diye banai. Darun recipe. Bhabchhi chole ashi apnar barite machher jhol khete.

PreeOccupied said...

Kaku, erom macher jhol aamaar fav. Ektu gondhu lebu aar bhaat diye. Ekhane borboti payi na tayi beans diye kori aami. Khub shundor macher jhol. Kakima khe ki bollo?