Feasting on fish is by no means exclusive to Bengalis or Odiya. Fish can bring a nostalgic feel to a Bong. Eating fish is part of many rituals and Celebrations too. Bengali Sorshe Maach is one of such delicacies.
Fishmongers selling a wide variety of locally caught fishes is a common sight in West Bengal. Fish markets are the places where one can gain a true sense of the local culinary vibe. I can happily tolerate the impermeable smell of seafood in a fish market and buy fresh catch of the day. Below is a picture clicked at Bhubaneswar Fish Market, Bundle of Rohus.
A fish to a Bengali is his soul. A delicious fish preparation is a must on a Bong Thali. It’s such an ineludible part of this cuisine. From Sorshe Maach to Maacher Kalia, every dish has its own legacy to carry. At the same time, Bengali do finger-licking preparations with minimal spices and much love.
Cook this ‘Sorshe Maach’ in your comfort zone and treat your family the quintessential Bengali staple, Sorshe Maachh-Bhaat. All will love for sure.
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The flavors in Bengal cuisine are distinctive. The mustard paste has a strong flavor which brings the richness in the dish. The white mustard brings a creamy texture to the curry. Mustard oil is also an important ingredient here. You may replace with refined cooking oil (Sunflower or Rice Bran). But the authentic preparation always happens with Mustard Oil. In fact, the use of Mustard Oil is the most in Bengali and Odiya Cuisines unlike others in India.
The Durga Puja celebrations are in full swing at home. And my Puja celebration is incomplete without Bengali delicacies like Sorshe Maach and Kosha Mangsho (Rich preparation of Mutton). Yes, a true Bong relishes Nonveg during Navratri. Don’t be surprised at that!
Sorshe Maach vs Macha Besara
The recipe for both the dish is very similar. The only addition to Macha Besara is ‘Ambula’ .Ambula which is prepared by following a step by step process of fermenting, soaking and drying the green mango in sun. It’s an important ingredient in Odia Cuisine .It brings a distinct flavor to the dish.
You can skip the Tomato in the recipe if you are using this.
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