Gondhoraj Mach- Fish with Kaffir Lime

Gondhoraj (aromatic) lebu (lime) is one variety of scented lime available widely in West Bengal, India and Bangladesh. A dash of juice of Gondhoraj lebu, any food tastes heavenly. The rind of the lime and leaves are both used in a variety of recipes. We have a Gondhoraj lebu tree at home and my mother makes some awesome dishes using the lime and the leaf. I grew up eating Gondhoraj mach, much before it was on Oh! Kolkata’s menu.  She also cooks chicken, egg, lentil, bottle gourd with Gondhoraj lebu or the leaf of the lime. In fact, I wish my mother could actually patent some of her signature dishes or at least could use the computer and write about her dishes. She would be rich and famous now. hmm! This is my ma’s recipe – the best, most interesting, imaginative, resourceful cook in the world. I have just reduced the use of oil to make it lighter. 

Serves:  4 as side dish

Preparation Time: 30 mins (if you are making coconut milk) 15 mins (If using canned coconut milk)Cooking time: 2mins or less depending in how dry you want the gravy
Taste level: Light, best with steamed rice, high on flavor low on spice

2 fillets River Cobbler (my mother uses any white fish like rui, Katla, Bhetki)
1 cup of coconut milk (see ‘my spices’ section for the process of making coconut milk)
5/6 Cashew nuts
1 medium onion
1-inch ginger
1 Gondhoraj lebu (optional or use 1tablespoon of a lime juice)
2 leafs of Gondhoraj lebu (use kaffir Lime leaf if cannot get hold of Gondhoraj lebu leaf)
¼ -teaspoon of turmeric
¼-taespoon of cumin powder
¼ teaspoon of black paper powder
2 green chili slit in the middle
½ teaspoon of red chili (optional, I did not use)
2 tablespoon of oil
Salt to taste

  1. Clean and cut the fish into small pieces (about 2inch each)
  2. Make a paste of onion and the ginger in a blender. Keep aside. Wash the blender and make a paste of the cashew nuts.
  3. Use a non-stick wok/ karahi/ frying pan and heat the oil. Pour the onion and ginger paste and fry in low heat for 2/3 mins or until they change color.
  4. Add turmeric and cumin powder and fry a little on low heat
  5. Add the fish and fry along with the spice. As the oil is really less and cobbler does not release oil, if the fish starts to stick sprinkle little skimmed milk or water.
  6. Add cashew nut paste, green chili and black paper. Cook for another 5 mins. Again if sticks at this stage, then sprinkle skimmed water or milk.
  7. Add coconut milk and the lime leafs.  Cook until the consistency of the gravy is reduced, fish cooked and you can smell the lime leaf
  8. Sprinkled limejuice and black paper before serving with rice
Gondhoraj Mach- Fish with Kaffir Lime
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