Friday, April 1, 2011

FRESH LOITA FISH JHURI BHAJA (Fresh Bombay duck, Bombil, Bumla, Bummili dish))

I am back here partially after a long gap. Of course will be back with full force by the end of the month. I am presenting this recipe for my non-vege friends and there is no vege version for this. I learnt this traditional fish recipe only few months back.


The Fish is called Bombay duck generally and if you read Wikipedia , you will know how the name was coined. It has nothing to do with Peking Duck.The other names are Loita in Bong, Bummili in Kerala, Bombil in Marathi and Ushnish in Chinese :-). The biological name is Harpadon nehereus. 
This fish is mainly consumed as dry fish having a extremely powerful odor which I could not appreciate so far. The fish in its whole form looks frightening. 
The fresh fish is generally cleaned by the vendor else it is quite easy to clean, chop the head, pull the gut out, make pieces  and it is done. Look at Indian stores in Canada , EU and USA, you may get dressed, frozen ones.
THE RECIPE. This recipe doesn't use any aromatic spices but only few ingredients like onion, garlic and red chili powder. The aromatics are avoided to get a unique flavor far from the flavor of day to day fish dishes. The basic method is to continuously stir the fish pieces and at the end almost all moisture is driven off and it becomes a paste in oil. 
INGREDIENTS
Loita, ( Bombil, Bombay duck, Harpadon nehereus) 500 gms dressed and cut into 2-3 inch pieces.
Onion 300 gms, chopped fine
Garlic 1 whole pod, chopped fine ( 3-4 mm) 
Green chili 6 , chopped.
Tomato 1 medium ( optional)
Red chili powder 3 level tsp , extra hot
Turmeric 11/2 tsp level.
Mustard Oil 100 ml. preferred ( any other smell less oil). ( Don't get scared , 100 ml is nothing  compared to the rice, bread, potato, topioca etc we eat....Ok 75 ml ( 5 tbsp ) will do))

PROCESS
* Heat oil and add chopped garlic , stir to very light brown and add all the chopped onion.
* fry to very light brown and add tomato and green chili.
* reduce heat and keep frying till the tomato is soft and melting.
* add red chili powder and turmeric stir well for 1 minute.
* add the fish, salt and mix thoroughly.


* Reduce heat,  Keep stirring from time to time, and the fish will disintegrate.
* Caution: Dont add water, the fish will release enough water
* Keep stirring and it will become a paste 
* continue stirring till oil comes out or most of the water dries out.
Eat with hot rice ..divine indeed...


What happens to the bone?
Well good question...the bones will disintegrate into tiny pieces and you can feel it under your teeth, semi-soft..assure you , it wont get stuck in your throat..simply they cant pierce the strong throat muscle.
If you want to get rid off the central bone 
take a little water about 1/2 cup, add salt and boil the fish pieces.
( dont discard the water)
Take the fish out and remove the central bone simply by spreading apart.
Add the fish and the water used for boiling into fried onion etc and proceed.


FRIENDS
I haven't put my appreciation at your blog. That doesn't mean I haven't read. I read almost all of them. Now I will read one by one and get back to you..Missed you all really .,





39 comments:

Rajani said...

I missed your comments, insights, observations too...Good to see you atleast 'partially' back.Waiting for shakahari options.
Rajani.

Amritha Kalyani said...

its good to see you back Ushnishji.. looking forward to many more recipes.Hope you are doing good and having a great time. See you soon with more.. :-)

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

looks yum... Is it like a bharta ?

? said...

Good to see you back!

Anu Santanu said...

Great that you are back.. Darun recipe toh.. I keep on hearing about Loita mach from my sis and ma-in-law.. Dekhi eikhane pai kina.. Pele def try korbo..
Bhalo Khabo

Mugdha said...

Hi Ushnishji,,,how r u doing?
ur recipe looks very mouthwatering...will try it soon...

Madhu said...

I was thinking about you the other day as to where you disappeared. Lovely dish/fish :)

Priya said...

Great to see u back,missed ur wonderful posts..Fingerlicking fish curry..

Shobha said...

Nice to hear from you again. Lovely recipe... thanks for sharing.

Cham said...

Welcome back! I never tasted this fish, guess we can make it with fillet so no bones!
The final dish is tempting!

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Hi Ushnish Kaku

glad to have you back. Your loitte macher jhuri bhaja looks so spicy and tempting. Again waiting for your nice suggestions and comments.

Deepa
Hamaree Rasoi

Nandini said...

A warm welcome! The fishy dish looks so yummy and finger-licking good! Slurp!

Jaisy James said...

hi welcome back after a long gap. nice recipe looks yummy. will try next time

veena krishnakumar said...

Great to see you back:-)

Ananda Rajashekar said...

what a come back recipe da, good to see you! i haven't had this fish looks so YUM!

Sushma Mallya said...

welcome back, will try the recipe with chicken:)

Sonali Pradhan said...

wow...really loved the fish curry !can I try this recipe with any other fish ?


http://onlyfishrecipes.blogspot.com/

Arti said...

Welcome back, Its so good to hear from you :)
Waiting for a veg dish, make one soon :)

revathi said...

delectable fish dish... first I thought the dish was prepered with duck... it looks delicious...
Reva

Poonam said...

Hello Ushnish Ji,

Thank you so much for leaving very nice comments on my blog. It keeps me motivated to cook :) I have been following your blog regularly. Although I must admit that I don't get to cook your recipes often as I am vegetarian. But am planning a nice non-veg dish for my hubby's birthday and your blog will be life saver then :)

Poonam

Sonali Pradhan said...

thanks for stopping by and your wonderful comments kaku . ki sundor sundor recipe tomar blog e...


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Shobha said...

Thanks a lot for visiting Food Mazaa and your sweet comments of appreciation. Right now I am on a small break visiting my family...don't have much time to spare for my blog, I am just re-posting my older recipes for some events.Will soon be back with new recipes.

Shobha said...

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Fathima said...

interesting name for the fish... love the dish... love curries which are in a roast form w/ less gravy!

saffronstreaks said...

Hey it looks too good, but never tried the fresh loitke, enjoy the dry version (shutki) though, had the bombil batter fried once at gajalee mumbai, loved it
first time here and loved your space enjoy the sunderbans
am posting some poila baisakh recipes that might interest u. have a look
cheers
Sukanya

Jaya said...

Ushnish da,
besh hoyeche jhuri bhaja...kemon achen ? Shubho nababorshe onek shubhecha neben and convey to Boudi also..regards

Sayantani said...

Ushnishda, Nababarsher pronam janai apnake ar boudike. notun no niye shiggiri abar phone kore birokto korbo.

Zareena said...

Hi Ushnish ji, Sorry for my late visit to your blog. You have a very lovely space. Happy to follow you and this fish curry looks really yumm with red color.

Shobha said...

Hi Ushnish,
Please collect FOOD MAZAA AWARD from my blog.It is just a token of appreciation to all my blogger friends.

garlutti said...

HI from VIGO ESPAÑA ..happy to visit you .. you and I invite you to share my recipes and blog ... hugs
MARIMI

Malar Gandhi said...

Dear Ushnish,

Good to see you at least partially back.

Ushnish in Chinese :) Hilarious.

Never had this fish before' will certainly look for the one' in International market. The recipe is absolutely stunning!

Glad to see your recipe n comments:)

Sanyukta Gour(Bayes) said...

Wow..wht a lovely space u hv here...really mind-blowing...gorgeous pics n recipes n thoughts n travel posts..
Dish looks bful,colorful and yummy....
Visit my space as time permits...wil drop here more often...

Sanyukta
http://creativesanyukta.blogspot.com/

Muraligeetham said...

welcome back ushnish...Like other blogger friends I was also thinking where you had vanished:)Hope you are doing good. Enjoyed reading the write up about your Kerala visit.
Thanku so much for finding time to visit my blog and posting lovely comments..

Mehjabeen Arif said...

Nice looking fish curry with simple ingredients..

New to ur space and Happy to follow u..
Do visit me a stime permits..
http://comeletseat.blogspot.com

Sunitha said...

Interesting! so it's called Ushnish in Chinese :) very nice. Waiting for your next post..it's already May.

Jagruti જાગૃતિ said...

how are you dada??? lovely dish for fish lovers !

SGD said...

Love lote/loitya/bombay duck....jei naamei dakoon na keno!! ;)
and i make it just like this!

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Priyanka Ray said...

lovely receipy.. tried my hands on it.. tasted awesome !!! thanks for it :)