We first had this when my Konkani friend Anita made it for us in Hyderabad. My husband loved the masala and this has turned out to be one of his favorite dinner. I make it for him, but cannot stand the strong sea fish smell. So I make it a point to have my dinner first before cooking this. That and ventilating the home well afterwards :)
- 1 mackerel ( blue fish about 2’ long )
- 5-6 cloves of garlic
- 1/2 cup cilantro or coriander greens
- 2-3 green chilies
- 1/4 cup mint leaves
- Juice of 1 lime
- 2tbsp. mustard oil + 1tsp. mustard oil (OR any refined oil)
Clean and rub the fish with lime juice and salt. Set it aside for 1/2hr. Now wash the fish with cold running water.
In a grinder make a thick paste of garlic, cilantro, mint leaves and green chilies. Add salt and mustard oil to this wet mixture and whisk well.
Make 1” long slits at 2” intervals down middle of the fish on both sides.
Rub the marinade on both sides of the fish including the cavities. Let it rest for 30 minutes.
Pre heat your oven at 375F. Oil a baking dish and place the marinated fish. Drizzle few drops of oil over it. Grill for 25 – 30 minutes in the middle rack.