Saturday, November 17, 2007

Paplet chi KaLputi


Malvani cuisine is famous for its seafood dishes. Papletchi KaLputi is one simple Malvani dish that doesn't even require any grinding. It's a side dish with a very little gravy. It's quick and easy and tastes yummy! Generally, while cooking with pomfret, big pieces are kept for frying or coconut based curry and smaller pieces are kept aside for making this kaLputi
Here's our family recipe -
Paplet chi KaLputi (Serves 4)
पापलेटची कळपुटी 
Pomfret Dry Curry
Ingredients
8 small pieces of pomfret, cleaned, rinsed and cut
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
salt
2 tsp chili powder or malvani masala
1/4 cup grated fresh coconut
salt to taste
2-3 Kokums, rinsed
Tempering
1 tbsp oil
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1 onion, diced (approx = 1 1/2 cup)
2-3 cloves garlic, diced
Garnish (optional)
1 tbsp cilantro/coriander leaves, chopped

Method
1. Apply a little salt and turmeric powder to the pomfret pieces and set aside, preferably in the fridge.
2. Heat oil. Add onions & turmeric powder. Stir fry on the low flame till reddish brown. Do not let it burn.
3. Add chili powder or malvani masala and salt. Saute for 1 minute.
4. Add 1/4 cup water. Add pomfret pieces. Give a quick stir without breaking the pieces.
5. Add kukum and coconut. Cover with the lid.
6. Let it cook for about 7 minutes or till the fish is cooked.
7. Garnish with chopped cilantro - if using. Serve hot with chapati or rice bhakri.
Note
1. Traditionally, coconut oil is used.
2. American onions are pretty big so only 1 onion was needed. I have given the measure in cups as well. Accordingly decide the number of onions of smaller sizes.
3. Add more water but make sure that it does not have too thin consistency. It can easily be eaten with bhakri, chapati or rice.

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