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Small fish in red lentil with colocasia


Small fish are so tasteful and small fish curries are really mouthwatering.  Cleaning small fish is a bit difficult because you should clean it from inside,  throw away its intestine and other dirty parts carefully so that the shape of the fish remains as it is. Small fish are very much availabe in my town. These are local fish. The local fishermen sell them in fish markets. We Assamese love fish and fish curries. There are many varieties of fish curries. Dry small fish is also very delicious.  
     
  There are two different ways of cooking fish curries. One is simple spiceless tangy fish curry and other is spicy fish curry. I make simple spiceless tangy fish curry when the fish is fresh. If the fish is one or two days old, I make spicy fish curries.

      Colocasia is a tropical plant grows throughout Assam. Its leaves, stems and root parts are all edibles. In this fish curry I am using the root part which is also called ' taro '.
      
 The idea of using red lentil (masoor dal) is to make the fish curry thicker.

The recipe of small fish in red lentil with colocasia

Ingredients:

1 cup red lentil

1 colocasia /taro

100 gm small fish(puthi maas/swam barb)

2 tbsp lemon juice

2 tbsp oil

1/2 tbsp turmeric powder

1/2 tbsp fenugreek seeds
&
salt to taste

Method: 

Clean and  wash fish. Rub salt and turmeric powder. In a pan heat oil and fry fishes and keep it aside. Keep the remaining oil.

In a pressure cooker add red lentil and colocasia ( cut colocasia into pieces). Add 2 cups of water. Close pressure cooker and in high heat cook for five minutes or cook for 2-3 whistles.

Heat  the remaining oil and add fenugreek seeds. When crackling, add turmeric powder and pour the red lentil together with colocasia from the cooker.

Add salt and lemon juice.

Add the fried fishes. cook for 5 minutes.

Serve hot with plain rice.

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