Chitol Maach er Bori


This brings back memories. I remember my dad used to bring this 3 foot long fish whenever possible and cleaned it up for my mother to cook. Our family was huge ,so we got equal number of “borees” each. Few in number, but , a taste that will linger in your mouth long after. This fish is not as big these days though. I had such a pleasant surprise that I found this fish in the market here. I have tasted it after more than 30 years. Ah memories. I have tried to replicate my mom’s recipe here. Do try it and let me know

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chitol mach er bori nutri

 

INGREDIENTS

  1. Clown knife fish (chitol mach) flesh : 250 grams
  2. Potato             : 1
  3. Onion             :           2
  4. Ginger                                  : 2 inch piece
  5. Salt  : according to taste
  6. Turmeric powder                         : 1 tea spoon
  7. Chilly powder   : 1 teaspoon
  8. Cumin powder                                : 1 tea spoon
  9. Coriander powder  : 1 tea spoon
  10. Gram masala powder  : ½ tea spoon
  11. Oil   : 6 big spoons
  12. Water

 

PROCEDURE

Pre Preparation:

  1.  Take one potato and cut it into two halves
  2. Boil one half of the potato in water
  3. Scoop the fleshy part out(without the bones) with a spoon

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To be added to the flesh:

  1. Add boiled potato to the flesh
  2. Add salt
  3. Add grated ½ ginger
  4. Add grated ½ onion
  5. Add black cumin

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  1. Mix them well and pat it into a ball

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Preparation:

  1. Boil water in a sauce pan
  2. Pat the flesh into a ball with oil in hand and drop into the boiling water

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  1. Let it to boil for 7-8 minutes
  2. Remove the meat ball and let it cool on a board
  3. While the meat ball is cooling, heat the oil in a wok
  4. Once the meat ball is cooled, cut it into small square pieces

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  1. Fry these square pieces till they turn golden brown

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  1. Set them aside

 

In the same oil :

  1. Add cumin powder to the oil
  2. Add the other half of the boiled potato
  3. Add grated onion
  4. Add turmeric powder , chilli powder , coriander powder
  5. Add ginger paste
  6. Add a pinch of sugar
  7. Stir for 5-6 mins on medium flame till the oil is discharged from the potato
  8. Add two cups of water
  9. Heat them it they come to a boil
  10. Add the meat balls
  11. Cover the wok with a lid and let it simmer for 10 minutes
  12. Sprinkle some garam masala and add some ghee to the top
  13. Serve this delightful bori and enjoy it’s beautiful taste
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