Simple spicy steamed fish
Steamed food can also be interesting with the flavourful ingredients , such as ginger,garlic,chilies,spring onions etc. It has got full of nutrient values and good for health conscious individuals. It gives me such pleasure to create comfort food with no time. I sometimes dare to go out of the health boundaries and try whatever junk food I prefer to eat,at the same time balance my meal with good food with little relish ideas.
Bengali cousin is known for its subtle flavors.One of the authentic dishes in Bengal is steamed fish.Many many years before oil was not easily available to the people who lived interior in Bengal and also was expensive to buy,then they come up with the beautiful idea of steaming the fish inside the banana leafs with some herbs and spices.Gradually this idea becomes popular in our food culture.Traditionally Bengali steamed fish cooked with fresh coconut paste,mustard and chili paste inside banana leafs.In this recipe, I have used simple spices and cook them slowly in the steamer.This recipe is truly delicious ,comfort food and takes very less time to cook.
Marination time: Overnight preferable( optional).
Cooking time: Less than 13 minutes.
Cod fish: 6 filets (any fish filets)
Ginger:1 tablespoon grated
Garlic: one large clove grated
One chopped green chili
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 tablespoon gram flour (besan)
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 large tablespoon lemon juice
Salt to taste
Chili and garlic oil for dressing (optional)
Mix all the ingredients except chili and garlic oil.Refrigerate overnight if possible.It can stay in the fridge up to 3 to 4 days.
When the steamer is hot enough place the fish inside the steamer and cook them gently in low flame.It will take maximum 10 minutes, depends on the thickness of the finish.You can put the toothpick inside the fish and if it comes out clean that means fish is cooked.Cod fish takes 5 to 8 minutes.
I had the fish wish steamed rice, boiled red lentil and steamed kale leaves, some salads and some ghee (clarified butter). I loved the drizzle of chili and garlic oil on my fish.