Bombay duck fry or loita machher jhuri. Shallow fried boneless fish.
A guest post by Mahesh Khole.
I have requested him to give some non veg dishes for my readers. Thanks Mahesh for this easy to make yet delicious recipe.
I have met Mahesh in a food group ‘Chef at large’. He is not only a foodie but a passionate cook.
Mahesh’s love for Bengali food is unbeatable. And he surprised us by making the different kinds of non veg dishes from Bengal.
Now have a look what Mahesh said about this recipe.
“Loita maachher jhuri.
Loita is popularly known as Bombay Duck or Bombil.
This is found in abundance in coastal areas .
This is not only one of the most popular fish that is dried and stored but also one of the cheapest sea fish. Delicately flavoured with soft bones that will never get stuck. In spite of being a very fleshy fish, frying it whole is an art.
For people like me who don’t have the patience to fry them whole and nor do I want any bones to interfere, this is a boneless and flavourful preparation. Which can be made and stored in the fridge like a chutney or pickle.”
Bombay duck – 500 gram
Onion – 2 medium
Tomato – 1 large
Garlic – 10 cloves
Ginger – 1 inch piece
Salt to taste
Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon
Red chilli powder – 1 teaspoon or to taste
Oil – 2-3 tablespoon
Clean the Bombay ducks well.
Preferably buy the big ones as they are meatier.
Add salt and boil the fish with sufficient water till they become soft.
It take around 15 minutes to perfectly boil.
Grind onions, garlic, ginger and tomato. Make a smooth paste.
Now take out the fish from water.
Separate and discard the bones and remaining water.
Heat oil in a pan. Add onion, garlic, ginger and tomato paste.
Saute till oil leaves the sides.
Now add the fish and saute till the mixture dried up completely and the mixture starts shining. And its ready to serve.
Serve with steamed rice, roti or Indian flat bread, paratha, naan or any bread.
You can store this in refrigerator and serve as a chutney or pickle with rice, roti or bread.
You can use any oil but mustard oil is best for the perfect flavour.
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