Bengali cuisine revolves around fishes but there’s a reason why Hilsa (Ilish) is considered to be the Queen of all fishes. With an overly complicated bone structure combined with an immaculate texture, some would argue it is not only one of the best but quite possibly the best tasting fish. Even though there are great, popular Hilsa recipes such as the IlishMaachBhaaja, the IlishMaachBhaapa or the IlishMaachherJhol, sometimes, certain recipes tend to get lost. One such recipe would be the Hilsa Tramfrado. There are few things the Bengalis love the way they love their maach.
A delicious concoction of the Bengali cooking technique combined with Burmese influences, an unusual trio of coconut milk, gandharajlebu and hilsa come together to create an unusual but mouth- watering recipe called the Hilsa Tramfrado.
- Hilsa: 4 pcs
- Vegetable Oil: 2 tbsp
- Onion Slices: 2 medium-sized
- Onion Paste: 2 tbsp
- Coconut Milk: 200 ml
- GingerPaste: 1.5 tbsp
- Ghee: 2 tbsp
- Turmeric Powder: 1 tbsp
- Red Chilli Powder: 1 tbsp
- Cinnamon: 2 medium sticks
- Cardamom: 3 pods
- Jaitri/Mace: 2 medium skins
- Cloves/Labanga: 4 pcs
- Green Chillies: 3 pcs halved
- Gandharaj/Kaffir Lime Juice: 1 tbsp
- Salt: To Taste
- Sugar: 1 tbsp
- Heat the oil in a pan and add some ghee. Place the chopped onions to it and fry it slightly. Add the halved chillies, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves and jaitri. Fry until the onion changes its colour into a brownish shade.
- Add ginger paste, onion paste and the red chilli powder to the onions, fry until it is cooked well. Add salt and sugar as per taste and cook for 1 minute.
- Pour 40 ml of coconut oil to the pan and stir the onions until it dries up. Repeat this process twice and then pour the rest of the milk (120 ml) and stir.
- Pour 100 ml of warm water to the pan and allow the gravy to thicken and the oil to separate. Stir occasionally.
- Gently place the fish steaks in the gravy, turn and cook for 2 minutes.
- Cover the pan and let it simmer.
- Turn the fish in intervals so that it is cooked well.
- Top it off with some kaffir lime juice and serve!
Hilsa Tramfrado is a lost and rare recipe (chk out the process here@ https://youtu.be/n2TJvS95Uxc?list=UUZutbrdXVJqOsyVGdjSL5IQ) from the Tagore family’s culinary repertoire. Recreate this at home and dive into the wonderful world of flavours and aromas for recipes as delectable as this must not remain lost.
Courtesy: Lost and Rare Recipes (Kitchen Tales)