When I set out writing stories on Ishithaa, little did I think I would end up finding someone who would come into my close circle of friends in less than 48 hours after we started talking, it could also be because the only time we kept quiet during those 2 days were when we were sleeping or eating. She is Meena, and ever since we started talking, we havenâ€™t kept quiet, much to my amazement. I am generally awkward in chit chats and long conversations but, these days, it feels like I am rewriting my history!
Coming to the eating part of life, she is a big time foodie, and likes to eat, eat and eat more. So when I asked her to do a guest post for me, she came up with this yummy recipe, cooking courtesy: her very own MasterChefÂ Mr. PhenoMenon.
Over to Meena now,Â
So when DQ Â – Go on, ask her what it stands for 😉 – asked me to do aÂ guest post for her Â space, I rummaged a bit for ideas. Nothing popped up except a book review – But “Ishithaa” is a space that I have come to identify with stories and a book review just didn’t appeal to me. It was only later in the day, in midst of usual “whats for dinner” whatsapp conversation Â that this idea of doing a “recipe” post stuck me – it allured to the foodie in me while the story behind it seemed apt for Ishithaa.
Am a true-blue Mallu who loves her fish – though I have begin to wonder how much of this love is immersed in nostalgia. You see, Â the best part of my childhood were the vacations Â spent in our ancestral home at Â Kerala – and through the summer, a regular on our lunch-dinner plate were fish curry and the yummilicious fish fry. For a city bred kid like me, the entire experience was a delight â€“ From keeping our ears tuned to sounds of “Kooo koooo” that announced the arrival of fishmonger in the neighborhood to the ritualistic cleaning of the fish as the neighborhood cats danced waiting to feast on the stray bits thrown away. Irrespective of how tight the wallet was, everyday through these two months we were treated to these fishy delights :).
Fast-forward to present – am now married to another foodie who loves to cook (luckily for me) and in our kitchen, we have dished up food from across the world. It didn’t though take me long to discover that “fish” wasn’t in his list of favourites. Considering my cooking skills aren’t anything to write home about, my chances of having home cooked fish were based purely on my friends generosity ;). Â But am a hard-die optimist – so in hopes of luring him into cooking fish, I keep pushing under his nose different recipes with hardly any luck. At last after almost five years of trying, just last month there was a recipe that caught his fancy! Without wasting any time, yours truly put together all the things needed Â – going to the extent of requesting (begging) a street side “pan” shop vendor for banana leaf that was called for in this recipe. Yea, this is not exactly a replacement for the Kerala Fish fry, but heyyy itâ€™s a start right 🙂
So without any more ado, here’s the recipe:
Use de-boned fish fillet. Marinate with salt and lime and keep aside for 30 mins. In the meantime make green chutney – with mint, coriander, coconut and all other usual suspects. Coat the fish fillet with this chutney and wrap it up in Banana leaves. Now steam this (I use idli cooker for steaming) for 10 -1 5 mins and there your steamed fish is ready!
I keep telling her she is a sweetheart, but you know, she is a bit unfair to herself andÂ wouldn’tÂ believe me so soon. Why donâ€™t you head over to her blog and tell her that she truly is a sweetheart.Â
NB: Meen in malayalam means fish 😉