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Ma's Special Doi Mach
Fish Cooked with Spices and Yogurt
500 gms carp or similar fish, de-scaled and cleaned
100 gms of mustard oil or any other cooking oil
4 cloves
4 small cardamoms,
2 inch pieces cinnamon
2 bay leaves
2 onions,
1 inch ginger
1 small bulb garlic
2 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp red chili powder
100 grams of sour curds/yogurt
salt and sugar to taste
a few green chillies
2 tsp. clarified butter(ghee)


Clean and wash the fish pieces thoroughly, and cut into squares or rectangles of around 4 inches dimension. Wipe dry.

Apply 1 tsp. turmeric and a little salt to the pieces. Set aside.

Grind the onion, garlic, and ginger to a smooth paste. Set aside.

Beat the sour curds/yogurt with half cup of water till smooth and set aside.

Heat oil to smoking, lightly fry the fish pieces and set aside.

In the oil now, add the cloves, cardamom, and cinnamon. Then add the ground paste of onion, garlic, and ginger. Fry lightly till the spices are browned.

Now mix the remaining one teaspoon of turmeric powder and the red chili powder with three teaspoons of water and add to the frying paste. Fry again. Keep stirring to prevent the spices from sticking to the pan.

Now add to this the beaten sour curds.vStir the mixture and add one more cup of water.

Now add salt to taste and a teaspoon of sugar or less if you want. Add the green chilies and cook a while till the excess water begins to dry up and till the gravy comes to a boil.

Now gently add the fried fish pieces and let it cook on high heat till the oil separates and floats on top. Before taking off from the fire add the clarified butter.

Serve hot!

Preparation Time: 30 minutes Serves: 4
Recipe Origin: India
Submitted by:
Priyanka SinghRoy Mitra

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