Summer calls for light dishes rich in nutrition and flavor. In addition, rising mercury levels create the need to spend less time sweating in the kitchen. Besides, it’s a Monday. Given these factors, people look for dishes that are uncomplicated, time-saving, healthy and tasty. Fish is one of the easiest meats to prepare; with proper seasoning and cooking techniques, it yields satisfying results. Choose from one of these recipes:
Maharashtra style steamed fish
This is an urban version of steamed fish with banana leaf and contains just five ingredients: a slice of surmai and a marinade of turmeric, salt, lemon and tangy green paste. Maharashtrian dishes have a wonderfully tart chutney, or paste, made with green chillies, ginger, garlic and coriander. All you have to do is marinate for a few minutes and then steam for about 10 minutes, and the fish will be ready in less than half an hour. Cooking doesn’t get any easier than this.
With love, from Spain
Food is an indicator of the remarkable similarities that different cultures share. A good example of this is this fish dish from Spain, known as Bacalao a la Baezana. It uses bay leaves and saffron that are inherent in Indian cuisines. The recipe has a roasted Spanish chili powder that can be substituted for Kashmiri red chili powder. If you want to try something new and fun, try this recipe.
Shilpa Shetty’s Oil Free Curry
Cooked with shredded coconut in a clay pot, this recipe draws on the memories of the actor’s home. She breaks down the use of each ingredient and also shares the health benefits. It is a specialty of Mangalore and yields a delicious curry best paired with rice, down dosa or appams.
Thai steamed fish
Flavored with lemongrass, spiced with bird’s eye view peppers and brimming with coriander – these are elements that define a summer dish. This incredibly easy steamed recipe is great when guests show up unannounced. And when the going gets tough, this is the perfect recipe for unshakable comfort.
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