Sunday, October 18, 2009

Bong style Salmon

Story: During my India trip last year, we went to Prakruti Resorts for a family vacation. The resort is ultimate and so is the food! Ever since I had patra ni machhi in Prakruti I wanted to try making it at home.

I am a HUGE fan of Sanjeev Kapoor (more like a follower of the SK sect!). I figured SK Guruji must have covered some version of patra ni machhi in his cooking bhagwat geeta.. I found something similar - it is called Bhapa Ilish.

My recipe is a modified version of SK recipe (sorry Guruji). To keep it simple - I don't use any leaves.. I use aluminum foil instead. I steam the fish for a few minutes and then grill it on a tava or a grille depending on the season.. Result - A-MA-ZING ly moist fish with a surface char.. oh.. I love it!

I think I said on a previous post - in Coolkarni family - if it's fish - it's good! My in-laws were "visiting" for last six months :-) and we grilled fish, paneer, bhutta almost every weekend... I made this Bong style fish several times ... And it was paisa wasool!

So here's to Prakruti Resorts, SK Guruji, and my fish-loving family..

Sanjeev Kapoor aka SK Guruji, and inspirations from Food Network

2 hours


  • 2 Salmon steaks
  • 3 green chillies
  • 1 tsp yellow mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp black mustard seeds
  • 3 tbsp mustard oil
  • 1 inch ginger grated
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • salt to taste

Recipe: Rub salt, lemon juice and a pinch of turmeric powder on the Salmon steaks and keep them aside.. Grind the rest of the ingredients (except mustard oil) to form a paste. Apply this paste to the Salmon steaks and keep covered for 10 minutes. Heat water in a pressure cooker without closing the lid.

Move the fish into a cooker vessel without water. Add mustard oil all over the fish.

Place this cooker vessel in the cooker. Remove the whistle from the pressure cooker cover. Just cover the cooker with it's lid.. Do Not fit the cover as usual. Steam the fish for 2-3 minutes only!

Remove steamed Salmon steaks from the cooker and cover with Aluminum Foil
. Heat a tava or the grill. Put the Al foil covered Salmon steak on the tava and heat it for 7-8 minutes on both sides..

Remove Salmon steak from the tava/grille.. enjoy with daal rice.. or for a fusion menu serve with salad and garlic bread!


  1. Looks damn good. Instead of pressure cooker, I also use the regular oven, but cover the bake tray

  2. I'll try to cook something really easy. I think that those natural and easy tastes are one of the most pleasant.