Pakhala and Macha Bhaja, is the most staple food in every Oriya Family. The most common fish which is consumed in Orissa is Rohu. It is a river water fish and is comparatively cheaper. In summer, people have Macha Bhaja with Pakhala Bhata, an excellent coolant to beat the heat of scorching summer. Cooked rice is mixed with water, curd and tempered with oil , mustard seeds and curry leaves. At the end, you squeeze some lemon juice and enjoy the tangy rice with pan fried fish. Well, the idea of Pakhala Bhata (Rice in flavoured water) is somewhat bizarre to many. However, it’s the most soothing food available in Orissa during Summer Season.
What You need:
1 Rohu Fish 1 kg
2 Turmeric Powder 1 tsp
3 red chili powder 1 tsp
4 salt 1 tsp
5 Garlic Cloves 10
6 Mustard Seeds 1 tsp
7 Green Chili 2
8 Cumin Seeds 1 tsp
9 Mustard Oil 3-4 tbsp
Steps To Make:
Marinate Fish with turmeric powder, red chilli powder and salt.
Grind garlic, mustard seeds, cumin seeds and green chilli with little water to a smooth paste.
Heat 1 tbso mustard oil in a pan on high flame.
Once oil reaches smoking point, lower flame and cook 6-7 marinated fish on both sides till they are almost done.
Add this point, smear some mustard paste on both sides of fish and cook for some more time till fish is cooked completely.
Sprinkle some lemon juice and enjoy.