Hi folks….why this Fish is called Lady Fish is something I dont know. Something fishy there !! :);) Probably because of its good looks, and long slender shape!!!!!! For those who know why, please enlighten me :):). Called “Kane” in Mangalore, this is one fish that I approve of. If you thought that a nice Fish Curry cannot be made with desiccated coconut….. think again!!! This is one curry which I made with desiccated coconut…so if you dont have fresh coconut in your Pantry/Store, worry not, “Bring On The Chef In You’ comes to your rescue.
Ladies, please try it, especially for all those men folk who aint lucky to have a fish named after them called ‘Man Fish’ .
1 Kg. Lady Fish
8-10 red chilies or two tablespoons of red chilly powder
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 teaspoon mustard seeds
1 -1/2 tablespoon coriander powder
1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
1-1/4 cup desiccated coconut
4 cloves of garlic
1 small onion (+ one for slicing and bagar)
1″ piece ginger
1 tomato -small
lemon sized tamarind
2 green chilies
Vinegar (1/2 teaspoon- optional)
In a dry grinder, add the red chilies, cumin seeds, mustard seeds, coriander powder, turmeric and peppercorns. Grind to a fine powder and add to the wet grinder.
Put the desiccated coconut in the dry grinder and spin it till the desiccated powder is very fine. Add this to the wet grinder.
To the wet grinder also add 1/2 onion, 4 cloves of garlic, tamarind, add water and grind all to a fine paste.
Slice onion, ginger (into thin slices), slit the green chilies, and cut tomato into half. Keep this aside for later use (not to be ground).
In a deep pan, add 3-4 tablespoons of oil and add half sliced onion. Fry till it gets brown specs, then add the sliced ginger, the other half onion, green chilies and tomato and just stir of half a minute. Then add the ground masala and fry it for a minute of two. Add enough water to make a thick curry (roughly 2 cups or more). Add salt to taste and if required, add 1/2 a teaspoon of vinegar. Bring to a rolling boil and when it starts bubbling very furiously, add the washed fish and simmer for 5-10 minutes. Do not stir the fish or it will break, but hold the vessel with two kitchen cloths and shake it from side to side.
Just before serving, garnish with a few cut coriander leaves.
Serve with rice and a vegetable side-dish.