Assam, the beautiful state of North-East India has an incredible range of culture, awesome wildlife, the world famous Assam Tea, oldest oil refineries, famous Kamakhya temple and of course, the Assamese cuisine, which is characterized by very little use of spices but strong flavors. This Masor Tenga (Tangy Fish Curry), is an indispensable part of a proper meal in Assam. This is a light and tangy dish, and is one of Assam’s signature preparations. The key ingredient in a tenga is the use of a souring agent like lemon or tomato which lends the dish a tart tangy taste. I being a fish addict, when saw this recipe in one of a popular food forum, could not stop myself and recreated the same in my kitchen some days back. It can be best enjoyed with plain rice.
4 nos of Fish pieces preferably rohu or katla, marinated in salt and turmeric powder for 15 minutes
1 big tomatoes Chopped finely
1 small Potato chopped
1 tbsp Mustard oil (MO) for frying the fish and for the curry
1/2 tsp Paanch foron
Salt- to taste
1 tsp Turmeric powder
1 no of Dry red chili
2 cups of Warm water
1 tsp Coriander leaves roughly chopped.
1 tsp Lemon juice
Marinate the fish pieces with turmeric powder and salt and leave for 15 minutes.
Heat oil in a deep pan and shallow fry the fish until lightly browned. Set aside.
Now, heat up 1 tbsp of mustard oil, almost to fuming and add the dry red chili, followed by the spoonful of Panch phoron. Once the dry spices release the aroma, add the chopped tomatoes and the turmeric powder, saute for a while and then simmer to make a pulp out of the tomatoes.
Then put the chopped potato, mix well, saute and simmer under a lid until oil separates. Once the potatoes are soft, put the water and then fish pieces, bring to boil and keep for 3-4 minutes, check the salt content and garnish with chopped coriander leaves.
If you want more sourness, add some lemon juice as per your taste and your fish tenga is ready to be relished.
serve with steamed rice.
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