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Fish and Shellfish, Mains

Bengali Fish Curry

A few years ago a BBC radio program in England re-created the meal that Robert Clive, a trader and part-time British soldier, might have eaten following his victorious battle against the king of Bengal in 1757. According to an Indian ... Read more

Total time: 35 minutes | Serves 4
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon fenugreek seeds (methi)
  • 1/2 teaspoon black onion seeds (kalonji), optional
  • 2 small red boiling potatoes, quartered
  • 1 Japanese eggplant, quartered
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 2 Thai green chiles or serrano chiles, halved lengthwise and seeded
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 pound flatfish filets, such as halibut, cut into chunks
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro, for garnish

Step 1Heat the oil in a heavy-bottomed skillet over medium heat. Add the cumin, fennel, mustard, fenugreek and optional black onion seeds and allow them to crackle. Add the potatoes and fry for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the eggplant and fry for 2 more minutes. Add the turmeric and chiles.

Step 2Add the water, lower the heat and simmer until the potatoes are almost tender, 10 minutes. Add the fish and allow to simmer until the fish turns opaque and is cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes. Serve hot, garnished with the cilantro.

Note: Black onion and fenugreek seeds are available at Indian markets.
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