250 gm smelt fish
1 medium size potato- thinly cut (optional)
2 large tomatoes (sliced)
2 teaspoon mustard seeds
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
5-6 cloves of garlic
2 green chillies
3 tblsp mustard oil for frying the fish & to make the curry
1 tsp turmeric powder/ haldi
1 tsp chili powder
1 Ambula (Dried mango pieces)
1tsp cumin & mustard seeds
salt as per the taste
chopped coriander leaves for garnishing
Make a fine paste of mustard, cumin seeds, green chilli and garlic.
Wash & clean the fishes by removing the gall bladder to avoid bitter taste.
Add ½ tsp haldi powder and salt to it & mix well. keep aside.
Heat 2 tblsp Mustard Oil in a pan & fry the fishes till golden brown . keep aside
Again heat mustard oil in a pan and add Cumin & mustard seeds to it. When they starts cracking add cut potatoes stir wll for 1-2 min.
Then add the sliced tomatoes. Stir for some time. Add haldi & chilli powder to it. Then add the above grinded mustard paste.
Adjust salt & Stir for 1-2 min. Don’t stir the masala too much (just for 30 sec- 1 min ) otherwise curry will taste bitter.
Add water to the masala. Let the curry boil for 3-4 min.
Then add Ambula & the fried fishes . Mix well & Cook in a low flame for another 2-3 min. Add chopped coriander leaves & switch off the flame.
Your smelt fish currry is ready to serve. Goes well with hot steamed rice.