Halwai May 25, 2024


• 1 lb- bata fish (can use any white fleshed fish instead)
• 4 -medium sized brinjals, cut into halves
• 9- 10 -spicy Urad Dal Bori/Vadi
• 1 -medium sized onion, finely chopped
• 1- large tomato, finely chopped
• 3 tbsp- Mustard Seeds powder
• 1 tsp -panch phoron
• 2- green chillies, slit lengthwise
• Coriander leaves, optional
• 1 tsp -turmeric powder
• salt
• Oil


  1. Cut and wash the fish pieces thoroughly. Marinade with salt and a pinch of turmeric.
  2. Pan fry to a light golden brown colour on both the sides. Keep aside.
  3. Pan fry the urad dal bori, keep aside.
  4. In a flat bottom skillet, add the panch phoron. Once it starts to sputter, add the green chillies and the onion and fry till the onion turns translucent.
  5. Next add brinjal and turmeric powder and let cook, covered, for a minute or two until the raw smell of the turmeric vanishes.
  6. Lastly, add the chopped tomato and cook for another 2 mins.
  7. Add 2 cups of water, salt and let cook covered until it starts to boil. Then add the fish pieces and cook for another 4-5 mins .
  8. Lastly, add the mustard paste (mix mustard powder with 2 to 3 tbsp of water and keep aside for a minimum of 10 mins before use). Use urad dal bori and cook for not more than 2 mins.
  9. Add the chopped coriander leaves (optional).
  10. Serve hot with rice.