Snake head Murrel Fish with Dry Mango and Mustard Seeds Masala (Besara) Gravy



Snake head Murrel Fish with Dry Mango and Mustard Seeds Masala (Besara) Gravy
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  • 250gm Snake head Murrel Fish/Shol Macha
  • 4-5 tablespoon Cooking oil
  • 2 onions chopped
  • 3 tablespoon Mustard Seeds (Sarson/Rai)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera)
  • 5-6 garlic cloves (lehsun)
  • 3-4 Red dry chilli (mirchi)
  • 2 inches ginger (adrak)
  • 2 dry mango pieces
  • 3 tablespoon turmeric (haldi) powder
  • 1 big size tomato chopped
  • 1 green chilli
  • 1 tablespoon Panch phoron -[cumin seeds (jeera), mustard seeds (Sarson), fennel seeds (saunf), fenugreek seeds (methi), nigella seed (kala jeera)]
  • 5-6 Curry leaves (Karipatta)
  1. Marinate the fish pieces with some turmeric powder and salt.
  2. Prepare a paste of Mustard Seeds (Sarson/Rai), garlic cloves (lehsun), Red dry chilli (mirchi), ginger (adrak), cumin seeds (jeera) by smooth mixture grinder.
  3. Heat cooking oil in a pan or kadai and fry both sides of the fish pieces well until to golden brown. Keep aside in a plate.
  4. Heat again the pan with cooking oil and add Panch phoron, green chilli chopped and curry leaves.
  5. When it starts cracking, add chopped onions. Stir it well till to brown.
  6. Add chopped tomato and mix it well.
  7. Add prepared paste of mustard seeds (Sarson/Rai) and other ingredients and stir it. Cook it for 3 mins on low flame.
  8. Add water as per your gravy thickness. Let it cook for 2-3 min on high flame till boiled well.
  9. Add dry mango pieces into the pan. Mix it well in gravy.
  10. Lastly add fried fish pieces in the pan and cook it for ½ min and add coriander leaves (dhaniya pata) chopped.
  11. Now Snake head Murrel Fish/Shol Macha recipe is ready to serve hot with steamed rice.

Snake head Murrel Fish/Shol Macha with Dry Mango and Mustard Seeds Grinded Masala (Besara) Gravy Snakehead murrel fish (Channa striata), It is also known as the common snakehead, chevron snakehead, and striped snakehead. Murrel fish also known as Snakehead fish or Channa is a fresh water fish widely available in Asian countries like India. In Telugu the fish name is Erra Matta or Gidiselu and in Odia and Bengali  it’s called Shol macha. This fish curry is very yummy and simple to cook it. Actually the Gravy is very rich and beautiful in taste and texture. You can take this fish dish with some boiled rice for lunch or dinner.  This fish is always available in the market throughout the year and very fresh. I brought this fish from market today to show how this fish is cooked. Here I will show you step by steps photos and guides – how to cook this delicious fish Mustard Seeds Grinded Masala (Besara) Gravy recipe.

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