Bhetki is a very delicious fish loved by all fish loving Bengalis in India. You can get fresh fish in any Bangladeshi fish stores outside India. If you can’t get it then try this recipe with red snapper. This green bhetki recipe is an awesome preparation with fresh young green peas and coriander paste.
Bhetki steaks (with bone or boneless) 4 Green peas ½ cup Green chilly 2 or to taste Coriander leaves handful chopped Garlic 1 clove Ginger ¼ tsp chopped Tomato 1 cup chopped Kalojeera / kalonji (nigella seeds) Turmeric powder ¼ tsp Garam masala powder 2 pinch Sugar 1/8 th tsp Salt to taste Mustard oil 6 tbsp
In your blender take the green peas, green chili, coriander leaves, ginger and garlic and make a smooth fine paste. Keep aside.
Meanwhile take the fish steaks and marinate it with a pinch of turmeric powder and salt. Now heat oil in a pan and slightly fry those fish steaks. Keep aside. Now in that oil (you can add little more oil if needed) add the kalojeera when it stars to splutter, add the chopped tomato and go on stirring till the tomatoes are well mashed. Then add the green paste, add salt and rest of turmeric powder. Go on stirring the spices till you see oil comes out from the spices say about 5 to 6 minutes. Now add fried fish and stir in such a way so that the spice mixture get well coated with the fish. Now add 1 cup of hot water. Let it boil. Then add sugar and add salt if needed. When the consistency of the gravy become thick sprinkle garam masala. Put off the flame. Cover it with a lid and give 5 minutes standing time so that all the flavors and taste mingle. Serve with hot steamed rice or pulao or with naan paratha or simple flat bread.