Thursday, 7 April 2016

Shorshe bata diye Rui mach er Kaanta jhaal

Shorshe bata diye rui maach er kaanta jhaal
Almost a week into April and no posts here.
There was nothing to write about. And I was not in a condition to sit and write too.
The days passed by slowly, inundated with mashed food and numerous medicines.
Friends on fb rallied around and gave me numerous options of soft cooked food ... which made my days bearable.

Thankfully I am on the mend now.
Just a little weakness.
To keep myself busy, I fished out a huge lot of left over wool and started a crochet project.
It will take some time, so I will update my other blog with its pictures in leisure.

Also, I finished a dress I was making some time ago.
It was lying half done ... as I couldn't make enough time to sit down and complete it with patience.
Now that it is done ( you can check it out here ), I can't wait to try it out.
Maybe when I go out next. And it is not to the doctor.

Pune is already blistering in this early summer heat.
I can't even start to think of what will happen when it is late April and then May.
With family and friends' increased pressure on us, we finally gave in and brought an air conditioner home. We have always resisted buying one.
Contributing to global warming and carbon footprints has never been on our agenda ever.

And had never actually needed one too,since Pune has such a beautiful weather and we are blessed with a location that is still very green, we had never imagined that we would have to resort to this.
But slowly, the green is disappearing. The little stream near our home is now covered with filth, thanks to a local politician who has encroached upon the land and now has set up numerous hutments.
We have watched haplessly as we saw the beautiful jungle with lots of wildlife and birds disappear before our very eyes.

The kingfishers and herons and the hornbills do not come any more.
(I have some beautiful pictures here, in the earlier posts  .... they are all that I have of the place now).
Other birds hover around, looking for a little water, and cannot find their regular drinking place.
We have set up small pots of water  on our balcony for them.
But that is all we can do.
I hope other people are doing the same.

Rui mach er kaanta jhal
This recipe has been languishing in my folder for almost 2 years, or more.
Why had I not posted it ... I have no idea.
From the pictures, I guess they were clicked in winter. And I do make this quite often.
Yet, had never made a post.
So decided to post this today. And free them from the jail of my 'ToBePosted' folder.

The kaanta (fish bones) jhaal used to be made at my Dadu's house regularly. I think it was Thamma's or my Jethimoni's recipe.
It is made with the big sized fish bones or the bony parts of a big sized Rohu or the Katla.
Mostly the head, the neck and the tail parts are used ... so that the bones are easy to deal with and can be chewed on leisurely ... and yet there would be no fear of any getting stuck in the throat.

I have used parts of the head, tail and some of the bony parts of the peti of a Rohu fish or the Rui mach.
Shorshe Rui jhal
So ... here goes the recipe of how to make Rui mach er kaanta jhal.

Need :

Bony parts of the Rohu fish - around 250 gms, fried with salt + turmeric
Mustard paste - 3 tbsp
Potatoes - 1, medium, sliced into longish pieces
Onion - 1, medium, chopped
Kalo jeere / Nigella seeds - 1 tsp
Green chillies - 2
Mustard oil - 2 tbsp
Turmeric powder - 1 tsp
Salt - to taste
Sugar - to taste
Water - to cook

How to make :

Heat 1 tbsp mustard oil in a kadahi.

Add the kalonji or nigella seeds + green chillies.

Add the onions + potatoes and fry well on high heat.

Cover, low heat and cook till potatoes are done.

Remove cover and add the fish pieces and some water.

Add turmeric powder + mustard paste + salt + sugar.

If needed add some more water.
Mix well.

Cover and cook till everything comes together and mixes well.

Remove cover, give a good mix and pour 1 tbsp of raw mustard oil all over.
Cover and let it stand for 5 minutes.
Serve hot with plain rice.



  1. The Kanta Jhaal brought so many memories. The loss of greenery is really painful. Hope the birds can quench their thirst on your balcony. Get well soon.

  2. Hi,

    You are on my google search and every day I was searching. You had told us that you were unwell so I was wondering how are you. Glad to hear that you are mending. Just relax ( easy to say) .

    The Kurta came out really well. You inspire me in many ways.

    I remember long ago we used to see herons and so many other beautiful birds...but now thanks to deforestation, birds are wondering where to say.

    Your fish bone chewing memory, evoked my dad's memory. He loved fish, and ate so much clean...just a clean leftover of supposedly bondsman at the end of the meal. I am the only vegetarian in my family.
    Anyways, you take care N keep posting.

    Take care,

  3. I keep reading and re-reading your blogs... for the recipes as well as the little anecdotes. I love the simplicity of your recipes.. suits me. This is the first time i am commenting on any blog. Your masala pomfret recipe is wonderful. I prepared it a few days back. It was quick and easy. The best part is now my husband keeps me asking when i will prepare it again for him. ☺ . Thanks

  4. শুভ নববর্ষের অনেক শুভেচ্ছা আর ভালোবাসা জানাই, শর্মিলা। নতুন বছর খুব ভালো কাটুক।

    1. Onek dhonnobad Kuntala! Tomader o janai nabo borsher shubheccha o bhalobasha.


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