Kaalia is a very popular Bengali style of fish curry with thick gravy& moderately spicy, must for every Bengali & tastes best with steamed rice.It would taste best when mustard oil is used.
Ingredients for Fish Kaalia Recipe
- Fish (rohu/ katla) – 500 gms
- Onion – 1½
- Ginger – 1″ piece
- Garlic – 6-7 flakes
- Kala jeera/Black cumin seeds – ¼ tsp
- Tomato – ½ (pureed)
- Chilli powder – 1 tsp
- Green chillies – 3-4 (slit)
- Turmeric powder – 2 tsp + a pinch
- Sugar – a pinch
- Salt – to taste
- Mustard oil/refined oil – for frying the fish pieces + 2 tsp
- Coriander leaves – ½ cup(chopped)
Procedure for preparing Fish Kaalia Recipe
Marinate the fish pieces with 2 tsp turmeric and required salt.
Fry the fish pieces lightly (do not fry to much) and keep aside.
Meanwhile make a paste of Onion, ginger and garlic.
Heat 2 tsp oil in a kadhai and splutter the kala jeera and then add sugar and the onion-ginger-garlic paste.
Fry this masala for 4-5 minutes and then add a pinch of turmeric, chilli powder and green chillies. Saute again for 2 minutes.
Now Add the tomato and salt and mix well. add required water to get the required consistency (do not add too much water).
Add the fish pieces and cook for 2 minutes. Check seasoning and garnish with chopped coriander leaves.
Serve hot with steamed rice, dal and aloo bhaja.