Fulkopi Die Macher Jhol (Light Fish Curry with Vegetables)11:32 AM
All I want right now is to be a very good mother. Not the goody goody one whose goodness he will love and take advantage of, rather someone who is firm enough to teach him whats good and whats bad and whose goodness he will understand and aodre as a grown up. sounds Confusing??? That's what I am right now.
Ok, I know all mothers, well most mothers (not sure of the moms I read about in novels) wants to be as good a mother as they could. That’s is something that comes to us effortlessly. We love our kids to death and do whatever is possible to make them happy. But sometimes that is not enough and I realized it very recently. No its not an idea that came to me out of the blue but something happened that made me realize that something might be wrong.
Last week little ‘R’ had a function in his pre-school. His teachers gave us some options for his makeover and he wanted to be a kitten or a bunny. It was a very proud moment for us as parents too. Our little one’s first stage performance and we were excited to see him on stage. Everyday after coming from school he would show us the new steps that he learned and we cheered him. On the day of the show the scene was different though. The little bunny looked cute and adorable but don’t know why he dint stick to what he was tought. On stage he did whatever he wanted to, he sat down, he jumped and hopped through the stage. Almost 90% of the kids were quite scared of the big stage and the colourful lights. Most of them stood still through the whole act some of them even started crying. It was good that my son was not scared but what we are worried about is his indiscipline. At home he listens to whatever he is told (most of the time) and everyone around us thinks he is well behaved. He has his moments when he puts his feet down and refuses to do anything but then he is not even 3. we cant expect him to understand everything so well. I am little confused as whether to take this incident seriously or just let it go as a kid’s whim.
Its not like I want to dictate or decide his path of life. All I want him to grow up to a responsible person. I can guide him to the right path but cant force him to be the person I want.Iits not like am threatened by that small incident. But somewhere I feel that its time to pull the socks up. We have to be more consistent with our behavior, the routine and in disciplining him. While I figure that out here is another light dish for you to enjoy.
If you like fish then you definitely are going to like this. What makes it special is the use of fresh vegetables in this. Predominantly a winter fish where loads of tender cauliflower, new potatoes, fresh juicy tomatoes and coriander leaves are added. I can still remember our excitement as kids when in early winter this dish used to make its first appearance on the dining table. Ma always makes it with the veggies from her backyard. But now that these veggies are available the year around make this light, soupy jhol any time you want. And that’s exactly what I did as a following course for my light spring meal that I shared earlier.
Fulkopi die Macher Jhol
Fish: 4 pieces (use any sweet water firm fish like Carp, Rohu, Tilapia)
Potato: 1 medium
Cauliflower: 5-6 big florets
Tomato: 1 big or 2 medium
Green chilies: 2 pieces
Coriander leaves: handful
Onion paste: 11/2 tbsp
Ginger paste: 1 tsp
Cumin powder: ½ tsp
Coriander powder: 1 tsp
Chili powder: 1/ tsp
Sugar: ¼ tsp
Oil: 4 tbsp (preferably mustard oil. I use half refined half mustard oil) you might need to use more if you are not using non stick utensil
Peel the potato and cut in thick wedges. (I prefer to keep the skin on)
Wash the cauliflower under running water and soak in salted water for 10 minutes.
Wash the fish pieces and smear with salt and turmeric. Keep aside for 10 minutes.
Mix the ginger paste, cumin-coriander-chili powder in 1/3 cup of water. Keep aside.
Heat 2 tbsp of oil in a heavy bottom pan or kadhai. Once it’s smoking hot carefully place the fish pieces one by one. Fry till golden brown on each side (3-4 minutes on each sides). Drain and keep aside.
In the same oil add the cauliflower and potato pieces with little salt and turmeric. Fry till light golden in colour. Drain and keep aside.
Now add the rest of the oil in the same kadhai. Once its hot add the onion paste. Fry on low till the raw smell is gone. Now add the ginger and powdered spice mix, pinch of salt, sugar and turmeric. Fry on low till oil start to separate at the sides. Now its time to add the tomato.
Cut the tomato in quarters and add to the spice mix. Fry till its soft and mixed through the spices. Now add 2 cups of war water. Mix. Checks the seasoning, add the fried vegetables, slited green chillies and cover. Let it boil.
Once the veggies are cooked add the fish pieces. Cover again and let it soak all the flavours. Check the seasoning for the final time. Finally sprinkle chopped coriander leaves. Cover and let it stand for 5 minutes.
Serve hot with steamed white rice.
A Homemaker’s note:
Vegetables take different times to get cooked and might require varying quantity of water. Please adjust the quantity of water according to the amount of gravy you want in the final dish.
Now that my little one loves this dish I prefer to fry the green chilies separately and serve along with the jhol.
Some people like to cook it without onion as well. In that case increase the amount of ginger paste and dry powders to maintain the consistency of the gravy.
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