Sunday, October 17, 2010

Sorra Meen Masala @ Shark Fish Masala

This fish is easily available over here in Doha as well in Malaysianot to mention it is reasonably priced to. In Doha it is about 6QAR per whole fish which can weigh anything between 1.5kg - 2kg.(1QAR = RM0.849; about RM5++ ), back home its about RM6-7/kg.

It is a soft white fish with long soft bone.  You definitely need the fishmongers to clean and cut the fish as the skin is rather hard to be removed - they do a good job. 

It is usually part of the menu for the ladies who just gave birth.. especially for breastfeeding mums...

You can make sorra puttu - steamed fish, finely cut onions, shredded coconuts;  or simply shallow fry the fish which is marinated with some tumeric, ginger/garlic paste and salt and serve hot..Its yummy yummy...Or you can prepare them which is not typically what you expect of fish curry -
Now lets look at how to prepare Sorra Meen Masala.

Sorra Meen Masala

Ingredients Required
1 kilo of the fish - cleaned and sliced to bite size
2 tbs of ginger/garlic paste
1 big onions - sliced finely
2 tomatoes - quartered
a sprig of curry leaves
1 cinnamon
2 cloves
2 aniseeds
2 cardamons
1 tsp of cumin seeds
2 tsp of fennel seeds
3-4 tbs of meat curry powder (depending on the spiciness
1 tsp of turmeric powder
3 cups of water
1/2 cup of milk/coconut milk

How to Prepare
  1. Heat oil in a wok.
  2. Saute cinnamon, cloves, aniseeds,cumin seeds and fennel seeds.  When they turn color, saute onions and tomatoes. 
  3. When the onios are soft, add in meat curry powder, turmeric and curry leaves.  Fry for a few seconds.
  4. Add in 3 cups of water and boil the gravy to a require thickness.
  5. Once the gravy is thick, add in the fish and reduce the flame to medium/low heat.  As this fish cooks rather fast, make sure the flame is low.
  6. Add salt to taste, becareful when stirring as the fish breaks easily. Add in the milk, stir slowly and let it boil for a few more minutes on low heat
  7. Remove from heat, sprinkle some chopped corianders and serve.

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