Today Farmtorsaoi brings another Assamese Recipe of Puthi Mas Curry with Haritaki Powder from Babita’s Kitchen. This recipe is a healthy blend of nutritious Puthi Mas and medicinally rich Hilikha. You can use any other local variety of fish instead of puthi.
Puthi Mas (Swamp Barb, Chola Barb or Puntius Chola) is a common variety of fish found in Assam. It’s common habitats are streams, rivers, canals, mangroves, ponds and even inundated fields.
Puthi Mas has great nutritional values. Many traditional recipes are prepared out of this fish.
The medicinal values of haritaki or hilikha is already discussed in our earlier article: Haritaki – Terminalia Chebula
Fish Curry with Haritaki Powder
- 250 gm Puthi Mas
- 1 tbsp Haritaki (Hilikha) Powder
- 1 Medium Size Onion Chopped
- 3 Green Chillies Sliced in the middle
- 1/2 tbsp Turmeric (Haldhi) Powder
- 3 Mustard Oil
- Salt To Taste
- Mix the harikati/hilikha powder in a bowl of water. Keep aside.
- Clean the fishes, their stomach and remove gills. Wash properly.
- Marinate the fishes with salt and turmeric.
- Shallow fry the fishes till they are all cooked and become tender. Remove the fishes from oil and keep aside.
- In the same heated oil, add the chopped onions and sliced green chillies. Saute for a while.
- Add the harikati mixture. When the gravy starts to bubble, add turmeric and salt.
- Let the gravy boil for 1-2 minutes.
- Now, add the fried puthi fishes.
- Stir gravy occasionally. You may add more water based on the amount of curry you want to prepare.
- When the gravy reaches desired thickness, remove from fire.