Aloo-paleng maas(fish with potato and spinach)

by Sunita on March 19, 2007

We do have quite a lot of fish- no wonder that I call our’s a fishy family. After coming to the UK, salmon has occupied a very special place in our hearts. I know, many find the smell too strong- But I believe that once the cooking is over, it does taste great. One of Dinesh’s colleagues and his wife once came to our house for lunch. The husband was a self professed salmon hater- his wife could never get him to have it (though we did not know about it). But it was a really pleasant surprise to see him actually giving it a go- probably, he was trying to be courteous to his hosts(us, of course)- but, wonder of wonders, he had not one but four helpings of it- would’nt you say, a bit too much even for the sake of courtesy!!! I think, maybe because the cooking process was actually over before they had arrived, it did not smell that much. And the taste is actually awesome. He was hooked since that day.

Moreover it is such a healthy fish as well, with its high protein and low fat levels and its high omega3 fatty acids content. The Japanese use it raw in many of their sushi dishes. Salmon has a nice flavour of it’s own and can be prepared any way you like; from plain pan- fries to spicy curries.

As for us, all four of us adore it. We have loads of it, and I literally mean loads. Sometimes we buy one whole fish, which is actually quite big, considering the size of our family and pig out on it with various dishes. In fact, Rengoni often refer’s to it as her favourite fish and usually enquires if it is the light fish (salmon ) that is going to be served.

So much in praise for salmon, now for the recipe. I made this light soupy curry with potatoes and spinach.
What’s needed-

500 gms of fish( I used salmon, but any other can be substituted)
4-5 medium sized potatoes, halved and boiled
2 handfuls of fresh spinach leaves, roughly chopped
2 cloves of garlic, crushed
1 whole red chilli
1tsp cumin seeds
1 bay leaf
1 tsp turmeric powder
2 tsp cumin powder
1 tsp garam masala powder
1 tsp tomato puree
salt to taste
2 tblsp of cooking oil

How to-

Boil the potatoes and peel them. I used new potatoes, and kept the skins, which were very light, on. I had washed them really well before boiling. Crush them a little, and do not mash them.

Rub a little turmeric powder and some salt on the fish pieces. Heat the oil in a pan, fry them and keep them aside.

In the same oil, add the cumin seeds, bay leaf and whole red chilli. When they splutter, add the crushed potatoes and garlic and stir for a minute.

Add the tomato puree, turmeric and cumin powders and stir for 1/2 a minute. Add 1 and 1/2 glasses of water and the chopped spinach. Season with salt and simmer for two minutes.

Add the fried fish and simmer for another 2-3 minutes, until the oil begins to rise to the top. Add the garam masala powder, simmer for a few seconds and it’s done.

Serve hot with plain rice and salad.

It is a very light dish with a soupy consistency and not very overpowering- something that can be had regularly.

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{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Sig March 19, 2007 at 2:29 pm

Love salmon in all shapes and forms… Never seen a fish curry with potatoes and spinach, very creative Sunita, will definitely try this.
Nice story about converting another fish hater :) .Isn’t it funny how people are always picky in their own house, but would taste anything outside…


2 Maneka Nirmal March 19, 2007 at 2:58 pm

hey sunitha..
its a real nice recipe.i personaly don’t like salmon much in fish curries. may be its because we get all other fresh fish over here.but this recipe is very creative.sure give it a try.

u got a wonderful blog out here sunitha..engoy blogging..thanks for visiting my blog.


3 sunita's world March 19, 2007 at 5:16 pm

Sig, we are used to having this kind of fish curries…actually, in Assam, the fish curries are quite mild and not too spicy…so if you are used to fiery food, can add some chilli powder to appeal to your tastebuds…
and what you say is so true, more so in the case of kids…

Hi maneka,nice of you to drop by…


4 Asha March 20, 2007 at 12:42 pm

Beautiful looking soup Sunita!:)) I love Salmon too,thanks for a great recipe.


5 sunita's world March 20, 2007 at 1:53 pm

Thanks Asha.


6 Sandeepa March 25, 2007 at 4:21 am

I am not abig salmon fan but am trying to develop a liking for it
Shall try out your recipe as we too make fish curries with poatao


7 sunita's world April 1, 2007 at 7:58 pm

Sandeepa, do give it a try…it does taste good…


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