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Friday, November 23, 2012

Baked Fish (Bhetki) on a bed of grated Cabbage

 Bhetki Fillets, juicy & succulent. The first thought which comes to mind is Fish Fry (the Bong way). But the past few days have been an overdose of Fish Fries and hence decided against it.

As necessity is the mother of ALL inventions or discoveries and in this case recipes, decided to put to use the only vegetable available at home and 'create' something new. Well..... was definitely skeptical as to how fish and cabbage would taste....So with apprehensions mounting regarding the outcome of the dish and how it would be received by my in-house trio (father & daughters) of food tasters/critics/consumers etc etc, I went ahead.

Ingredients :
Bhetki fillet - around 1.5 kgs which yielded about 12-15 boneless pieces
Vinegar / Lemon juice-1/2 cup
Ginger-garlic paste - 2 tbsp
Onion juice (optional)
Green chilli paste (optional)
Pepper - freshly ground
chilli flakes
coriander leaves - finely chopped
grated cheese- 1 cup
finely chopped cabbage - 1
2 onions - diced

Procedure :
1. Marinate the bhetki fillet / steak in a mix of vinegar/lemon juice + ginger-garlic paste + onion juice (optional) + green chilli paste (Optional) + very finely chopped coriander leaves + salt/rock salt + freshly ground pepper

2. Finely chop / grate the cabbage. I chopped mine. You may blanch the chopped cabbage...I didnt as i wanted it to retain its crunchiness.

3. Preheat the OTG in bake mode at 250 deg C.

4. Spray / smear butter/oil on the baking tray. Make a bed of the grated / chopped cabbage. Squeeze juice of 2 (or more lemon depending on how tangy you like) lemon. Sprinkle salt (in moderation) & pepper . Mix well and make an uniform bed of cabbage.

5. Place the diced  onions on the cabbage bed. and also scatter some tiny butter cubes on the bed.

6. Now place the marinated fish fillet / steak on the cabbage bed. With a pastry brush, liberally brush the top of fish pieces with melted butter or oil. I had used butter. Now garnish liberally with grated cheese. And finally sprinkle roasted red chilli flakes..

7. Set the OTG at aroun 180 deg C in bake mode for around 12-15 minutes or till the cheese turns golden brown. Prick the fish with a fork to ensure it's cooked. Do not over bake/cook the'll turn fibrous an chewy.

8. Serve with some crispy fried potato wedges or roasted baby potatoes (as in Sl.13 of this procedure).

And the unanimous verdict was 'YUMMILICIOUS'!!!!

And since this incidental &experimental dish is healthy indeed, it is off to Indrani's Blog Event SPOTLIGHT:HEALTHY BAKING which was originally announced here

And as this baked dish would make a great main course in a Christmas Lunch, it's off to Sudeshna's Blog (COOK LIKE A BONG) ' s CHRISTMAS EVENT

6 comments: said...

Looks mouth watering.Definitely going to try this recipe!

Spotlight : Healthy baking said...

Awesome recipe, Sharmistha..darun tasty lagche, thanks for linking it to Spotlight : healthy baking

Unknown said...

Superb and yummy recipe.

Sharmistha Guha said...

@Aysham Indrani & Chandrani...thanks a ton!

Anonymous said...

Sharmistha! Your blog is so awesome :) Ami Bangali kintu ami India bohu bhochor age, bangali ranna shekhar age chere gechi and because of that my indian cooking repertoire is comprised of north indian only. So this is really awesome for me :)

I had a few questions if you might be able to answer em.

- what is bhetki mach in english? Cod or sole?
- How long does one cook the masala to get rid of the bitterness when making jhols of all kind?
- Have you ever heard of 'grilled chicken'? I loved this dish growing up and I am fairly sure my mother had no idea what ' grilled' meant. Its sort of a super peppery dish with worchestershire sauce.

Sharmistha Guha said...

@Anonymous - Thanks...
To answer your queries :
-Bhetki is called SeaBass in the supermarkets here (in India).
-The masala is to be cooked till the oil separates out. You can do a taste test to find out if the rawness of the spices / onions have gone.
- This is my link to chicken recipes'll find roast/grilled recipes...marination can be anything which suits the palate...and yes a combo of worcestershire sauce+pepper+lots of herbs would taste awesome..