Tuesday, 23 April 2013

"Raaja Phannaupkari" or Mackerel in Onion seasoned Tangy Chilly gravy - A Konkani delicacy

Mackerel is one of the highly recommended oily fish for a healthy diet. It is also known as maccarello. The slim torpedo-shaped fish is found in deep temperate and tropical waters. It is rich in essential oils, vitamins and minerals. Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids occur in high quantities in this fish. It contains vitamins A, B6, B12, C, D, E and K. Various minerals also occur richly in the fish. These include calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, sodium and selenium. Trace minerals include zinc and copper. The fish also contains protein and the antioxidant Coenzyme Q10 which helps to eliminate cancerous agents from afflicted cells.  This oily fish also contains good amounts of vitamins B12 and selenium, which have been found helpful in the treatment of cancer.
This fish is also very reasonably priced, so you can have it as often as possible as its very good for health.
Here is a simple side-dish from the coastal region of Mangalore.
Serves 3
Ingredients :
Mackerel - 4 - cleaned and cut into halves
Onion - 2 large
Red Chilli powder - 2 tbsp or as per taste or Red Chilly paste 2 tbsp
Oil - 1 tbsp
Tamarind paste - 1 tbsp
Salt to taste
Method :
Finely chop the onions and keep aside.
Take a deep frying pan, put it on medium heat, add oil, and when its slightly hot add the chopped onions and fry till golden light brown. 
Then add red chilli powder or paste, fry lightly ( do not allow to burn ), ideal time should be less than 3-5 secs.
Immediately add the tamarind paste, salt, 1 cup water and the fish pieces and bring to boil for about 5 mins. 
Serve hot with rice and and dal.

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