This spicy Bengali Bata fish curry will tingle your palate. This mouth-watering dish is perfect for lunch and dinner parties at home. One of the favourite dishes of Bengal, bata fish curry has the flavour of the panch phoran (five-spice blend) and is generally enjoyed with steaming hot rice.
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Spicy Bata Fish Curry
Begin by cleaning the fish thoroughly and marinate with salt and turmeric powder for 15 minutes.
In a pan, heat a little oil and fry the fish till it is lightly browned on both sides.
After removing the fried fish and setting it aside, add panch phoran and green chilies in the remaining oil.
Now add a little water about 3-4 cup to the pan. Mix in cumin powder and mustard paste and stir them well.
Add the turmeric powder, red chili powder and ½ cup water and let everything cook together.
When the gravy starts to boil, add the fried fish and salt as required.
Cover and close for 5 minutes till the fish simmers. When the oil starts separating from the gravy, remove from flame and serve with steamed rice.