30 March 2015

Pan seared Basa Fish Fillet with creamy Potato mash!!!

I've wanted to venture west-bound with my fish dish for a long, long, long time. However, it never did hit the list, except for when my husband tried a mint engulfed baked fish, which really didn't gel with my pallet. Anyway, some weekend ago, my dear mother in law got us a beautiful fillet of Basa fish and asked for something different than our regular family fish fry with rasam.

Upon this request, i decided to make today's recipe ~ Pan seared Basa Fish Fillet (without skin), accompanied by creamy-buttery Potato mash. You can use a fillet of any white fish, and i'm perfectly confident that it will taste even better with the skin on. 

I love this recipe for many reasons, you get to enjoy the natural unaltered taste of the fish, flavor enhanced; it makes for a light meal packed with very good flavor punch - who knew lime and fish would make for such a great marriage? And, this dish is just ideal for a lazy weekend when you want good food without having to buzz around in the kitchen. 

Now, what is a good protein dish without some good Carb? This potato mash was just the perfect accompaniment for the fish fillet. It was creamy, light, and very filling. It is said that for a good potato mash one must use a good floury potato, and not the waxy variety -- I must have gotten the potato variety right, because this was the best potato mash i had made till date. I hope you will try out this fuss free delicious meal! 

This recipe is meant for 4 portions -- please find the detailed recipe below:

Ingredients for Fish Fillet:
Basa Fish Fillet - 4 fillet (1 Kilo)
Sage and chives, dried spice mix - 1 tsp
Salt - 1 Tsp
Ground Black Pepper - 1 Tsp
Butter - 4 Tbs
Juice of 1 lemon/lime
Fresh chopped cilantro/coriander for garnish

Dab the fish on both the sides with kitchen towel to dry it as much as you can.
Season the fillet on both the sides with a sprinkle of salt, ground black pepper, and sage and chives mix.
Heat up a big frying pan on full heat, drop a dollop tablespoon of butter, swirl all around to coat the pan.
Reduce heat to medium, and then pan sear the fish fillet for about two minutes on both the sides.
Repeat the process using a tablespoon of butter for each fillet of fish, till all's done.
Once done, rest the fish fillets on a serving plate.
Reduce the frying pan to simmer, and squeeze the juice of a whole lemon/lime over the crumbs remaining on the pan, mix, and then turn off heat. 

Note~ it may seem like it isn't much, but let me tell you that it is quite enough.

Ingredients for Potato Mash:
Floury Potato - 1 Kilo
Milk, room temperature - 1/2 Cup
Butter, room temperature - 4-5 Tbsp
A pinch of salt.

Pressure cook the potatoes just until a knife cuts right through, drain the water and keep aside.
Take a serving bowl, and mash the potatoes into it using a fork, a wooden spoon, or a potato masher.
Once done, add the butter, and give it a good mix.
Then you add the milk, a little at a time, until all is nicely incorporated into the potato mash.
Sprinkle a pinch of salt and mix.

Once everything is ready, drizzle this salty-zingy juice over the fish fillets, sprinkle a little of the chopped cilantro on top, serve a good portion of the creamy mash, and your meal is good to delve into. Enjoy!!

1 January 2015

Mustard Greens Curry - Ganang Gan

Happy New Year, dear readers of PanCuisine! I wanted to make this my year ending post, somehow did not manage to get it out on time. Anyway, today, on the first day of this amazing new year, i'm happy to share with you, my favorite greens curry, a winter favorite of mine - Mustard Greens Curry or Ganang Gan in Rongmei. There is nothing i miss the most during this season, than this good leafy mustard greens.

Luckily, i was able to head home for a short Christmas break and my dearest mom packed me off with some really awesome, gigantic, Mustard greens, freshly plucked from a relative's garden, making it possible for me to put up this post today.

Mustard greens possesses a lot of health benefits, it's amazing how nutritious this humble vegetable is! There are many ways of enjoying this delicious greens, you can simply steam it, make a curry of it using fermented-rendered pork fat or Ganampui in Rongmei, smoked pork, or, smoked beef. For today's dish I've used lightly smoked and dried beef. Having it this way is super Amazing!!! This curry is very simple to make, very nutritious and so darn goooooddddd.

To make it a completely spicy and nutritious feast, have this curry with some Nkampoi or Smelly Beans/Parkia chutney (recipe coming up soon) and also some boiled bitter eggplants. 

Might i just say, enjoying Parkia and Bitter Eggplant is totally an acquired taste. For now, here's the recipe for the Mustard Greens Curry. 

250 gs  - Fresh Mustard Greens
100 gs - Dried Beef, diced
1 - Medium sized Onion, diced
2-3 - Tomatoes, diced
2 - Big Potatoes, diced
4-5 - Garlic Pods
1 - Fresh Raja Chili
1 Tsp - Turmeric Powder
2 Tsp - Mustard Oil
2-4 Cups - Water
Salt as per taste

Heat the mustard oil and fry the onions till they are lightly caramelized.
Add the diced tomatoes and potatoes, dried beef, Raja chili, salt, and water into a pressure cooker and pressurize it till soft.
Once this is done, add the mustard greens into the curry, cook covered for another 2-3 minutes as you don't want to over cook the greens, then your delicious curry is done. Enjoy!

Have a wonderful year ahead, everyone -- God bless you and your loved ones! Shalom!