A typical Oriya meal is served of Rice and one or two gravy and some fried vegetables. The gravy or jhola mainly made of mustard , khuskhus or (posta), cumin seeds, coriander seeds, onion ,garlic and ginger. Fish Curry in Odisa is prepared basically by using mustard and khuskhus. There are three ways to prepare the fish. One is with gravy, second one is a semi liquid or dry version,and the 3rd one is just deep fried. All the three types are delicious though. This time i prepared a gravy, so here goes the preparation for that.
500 gm Fresh water Fish (i took Rohu /Rohi)
2 tbsp Mustard seeds (soaked for 1hr)
1 tbsp Posta / Poppy seeds /Khuskhus( soaked in hot water for 1 hr)
1 medium sized Onion( sliced )
1 Big Tomato( sliced finely)1 tsp Turmeric powder
1/2 Green chillies
Oil for deep frying
Cilantro leaves to garnish
How I Made It:-
Wash the fish throughly . Marinate with salt and turmeric powder. In a frying pan fry the fish on both sides. Make a fine paste of mustard , posta ,green chillies with 1/2 tsp of salt. In a pan take 3 tsp oil, fry the onions till its light brown in color ,add the tomatoes ,turmeric powder stir well and cover and cook it till it is soft. Mix the mustard paste with 1cup of water and add on to the tomato gravy. Mix well and let it to be cooked for a while.(Never fry the mustard paste dry, as it gives a bitter taste to the gravy). Add 2 cups of water to the gravy( you can add water according to your gravy thickness you want). When the water starts boiling add the fried fish pieces into it,cover the lid and let it boil it for another 5 mins. Garnish with cilantro and serve hot with Rice.