Saturday is market day at our household ,which I would think would be the case with everyone Or maybe not .. not everyone is as excited as my son ‘J’ who loves to play with ‘Diego ‘ a lab he befriended, who belongs to one of the stall owners at the markets . Shopping for local produce or not , we still go there, so he could spend some time with Diego . Talk about sleep sacrifice ..Yawn !
At the markets , don’t know if it is seasonal or not , I was very excited to chance upon white shark at the fish monger’s . I have been wanting to try this steamed – flaked shark dish , which is very famous in South – India called ‘Sura Puttu’ .
Now , this might not look like “I need a bowlful right now!” , but wait till you try this .You might wonder why you didn’t buy the whole fish (5 kg or more !!) 🙂
Sorry , I get carried away sometimes..
Let me walk you through the steps.
500 gms white shark ( cleaned and washed )
I tbps chopped curry leaves
½ teaspoon black mustard seeds
2 medium spanish onions finely chopped
3 birds eye chillies finely chopped *
½ cup of Freshly grated coconut
3 tbps of minced garlic
¼ cup Coconut Oil / Sunflower Oil.
1 teaspoons Turmeric Powder
Salt – According to taste
1 teaspoon of chopped cliantro
1.Add the shark pieces to a pan , add 2 cups of water , along with ½ teaspoon of turmeric and ¼ teaspoon of salt and cook for 10 mins .Allow it to cool .Drain the water .
2.Remove the skin and separate the flesh from the bones . Now flake the fish using a fork and leave it aside.
3.Heat oil in the non stick pan , add the curry leaves and mustard seeds ( please take care as it may splutter )followed by green chillies and chopped onions , fry well for 5 mins on a medium flame , a pinch of salt may be added to quicken the cooking process of the onions by drawing the moistture out .
4.Add the minced garlic and fry for 3 to 4 mins (don’t forget to open the windows or have the air vent on )
5.Now add the flaked fish , mix well , it will be soggy at this stage , but this will dry out as we keep stiring .
6.Add the other half of turmeric powder and mix well for 3 or 4 mins .
7.Now add the grated coconut , mix well and cook for 5 more minutes .Check for seasoning , add more salt or turmeric if required (You can add a bit of turmeric to cut out the fishy odour or to enhance the colour of this dish – totally up to you ).
8.Add the chopped cilantro , mix well and Serve it with Rice or Roti’s (unleavened bread ).