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Vegetarian Fish Curry

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Chettinad cuisine is mostly known for its non-vegetarian specials but all the veggie lovers out there are going to love this fish(fake fish) curry,also this curry is a vegan delight.
Ingredients
  Vegetable oil 1 Teaspoon
  Black pied peas 1 Cup (16 tbs) (for the fake fish fillet)
  Toor dal 1 Cup (16 tbs) (pigeon peas( for the fake fish fillet))
  Garlic 4 Clove (20 gm) (for the fake fish fillet)
  Fennel seed 1 Teaspoon (for the fake fish fillet)
  Salt 2 Teaspoon (to taste(for the fake fish fillet))
  Red chili powder 1 Teaspoon (to taste(for the fake fish fillet))
  Onion 1 Large, chopped finely
  Tomato 2 Medium
  Green chilies 2 Medium
  Curry leaves 8 Medium
  Mustard seeds 1 Teaspoon
  Fenugreek seed 1 Teaspoon
  Tamarind 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Turmeric powder 1 Teaspoon
  Coriander powder 2 Teaspoon
  Water 1 Cup (16 tbs)
Directions

GETTING READY
1.Start by soaking the black eyed peas and the toor dal for 4 hours.
2.Soak the tamarind in a cup of water.

MAKING

FOR THE FISH FILLET
3.Drain and grind the lentils into a fine paste along with garlic, fennel seeds and red chili powder.
4.Once grinded, add a teaspoon of salt to the paste.
5.Spread it onto a clean dried banana leaf.
6.Fold the leaf into half and secure with a toothpick.
7.Steam cook for 12 minutes.
8.Remove the banana leaf, and cut out fillets from the steamed dough.
9.Heat a non stick pan; spray a little oil and shallow fry the fillets. Keep aside.

FOR THE CURRY
10.In a pan, pour the vegetable oil and add the mustard and the fenugreek seeds.
11.Sauté the onion, tomatoes, green chilies and curry leaves.
12.Add the turmeric powder, coriander powder and the red chili powder and sauté until the tomatoes are mushy.
13.Season with salt and add a cup of water.
14.Add the tamarind pulp and let this boil for a few minutes.
15.Drop the fried fillets of fake fish and simmer for 10 minutes.

SERVING
16.Serve with hot steamed rice.
17. This curry tastes even better when served the other day as the tamarind juice and spices are absorbed nicely by the fillets.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Medium
Cuisine: 
Chettinad
Course: 
Main Dish
Taste: 
Spicy
Method: 
Simmering
Dish: 
Curry
Ingredient: 
Lentil
Interest: 
Healthy
Preparation Time: 
240 Minutes
Cook Time: 
30 Minutes
Ready In: 
0 Minutes
Servings: 
4
Subtitle: 
Chettinad Saiva Meen Kulambu

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