Friday, August 21, 2009

Kotambir Menthi - Seafood Curry

When I first went back home from US, I was so eager to meet our fisherwoman - koLiN.
She is a very lively person. Very animated and full of life. She won't call her "mhavara" - (fish )just simple fish but she calls them "chandi aahe chandi" - it's shiny silver! It's fun to watch the conversation between my mom and her.

I went to meet her and told her that I missed her and her fish. She said with pride - "Ag, kuthepan jagaat mazya mhavrasarkhi mhavra gaavaychi nahi" - you will never get fish like this anywhere in the world - I agree with you K.bai!

Though Urad-Methi is a well known seafood curry, my grandmother made Kotambir Menthi too. It has simple coriander seeds and fenugreek seeds for roasting along with ubiquitous coconut, red chilies (byadgi) and tamarind. This delicious curry is traditionally made with Indian mackerels which we call Bangda in Marathi. But Mahi-Mahi fillets or trout steaks can be substituted.

Kotambir Menthi
Fish Curry South Canara style
3 mackerels or 6 steaks of rainbow trout or 6 pieces of mahi mahi
1/2 tsp turmeric powder

Grind to a fine paste
1/2 cup fresh coconut
1 tbsp coriander seeds
1/4 tsp fenugreek seeds
9 - 11 byadgi chilies (yes, it's spicy!)
few drops of coconut oil for roasting

1 tsp coconut oil

Suggested accompaniment
Turmeric scented plain rice

0. Marinate fish pieces with salt and turmeric powder. Refrigerate till ready to use.
1. Heat a few drops of coconut oil. Roast coriander seeds, fenugreek seeds and byadgi chilies one after the other.
2. Grind the above roasted spices with tamarind paste and coconut, adding water as needed. This masala paste should be fine.
3. Place the marinated fish pieces in a saucepan - preferably wide - so all the fish pieces are placed in a single layer. Spread the masala paste on top. Add 1 cup water to get the desired consistency. Add salt to taste.
4. Bring to boil. When the curry comes to boil, drizzle coconut oil. Simmer for 5 minutes.
5. Serve with turmeric scented rice or plain rice.

Note -
1. Though the fish pieces are marinated with salt, some more salt is needed for the curry. Adjust accordingly.

This post is my entry to Indrani's Fish event.


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