Gondhoraj Bhetki is one of the most popular dishes served in the famous Oh Calcutta! restaurant in Kolkata. If you landed on this page searching for that, then this is not it. Oh Calcutta created it’s own version to appeal to a more cosmopolitan clientele. Gondhoraj Bhetki or fragnant bhetki presented here is the authentic traditional summer food prepared in Bengali households, something my grand mom or mom would’ve made.
- 4 medium sized steak pieces of bhetki (substitute with Cod or Tai Snapper steak based on local availability)
- 1 cup plain yogurt
- 1 tsp. ginger paste
- 1/2 tsp. garlic paste
- 1 tsp. green chili paste
- 2 large gondhoraj lime (substitute with any fragrant large lime)
- 1 tsp. gondhoraj lime rind
- 4 kafir lime leaf
- Sugar to taste
- Salt to taste
- White vegetable oil
Clean and wash the fish. Pat it dry with a paper towel.
Grate one lime. Now cut and squeeze the juice of both the limes and reserve it.
In a bowl take half of the ginger, garlic, chili paste along with lime juice and salt. Mix it well and apply on both sides of the fish steaks. Let it rest for about thirty minutes.
Heat 2 tbsp. oil in a pan and one by one shallow fry the fish steaks after shaking off the extra marinade. Remove from oil and keep aside.
In a pan take 3-4 tsp. of refined oil and add ginger, garlic and chili paste to it. sauté on very low heat till the raw smell subsides. Turn off the heat and let it cool down a bit. Now add beaten yogurt to it. Mix well. Add salt and sugar to your taste and add half a cup of water. Mix well and let it come to a boil. Throw the kafir lime leaves and gently slide the fish steaks in. Cook till the fish is cooked and the sauce is thick. Sprinkle the lime juice along with its rind.
Serve hot with plain rice..