Sunday, September 14, 2008

the Really easy 'Fish in Mango sauce'; 'Besaru'

This recipe requires dried and salted mango kernels which are commonly available in Andhra. The tanginess combines beautifully with the pungent mustard to result in a strongly flavored fish curry.

While any fish can be experimented, varieties that do not break easily are preferred

Preperation to serve three ( six pieces of fish)

STEP 1 : Precooking the mango kernels.

Take about 2-4 mango kernels depending on the amount of tanginess required (tolerated) in a pot and boil it in water just enough to submerge it. Correctly boiled kernels become soft but do not separate from the seed. Separate the kernels and the water and set aside.

STEP 2 : Preparing the fish


As per taste

Chilli powder

1 tsp

Turmeric powder

1/2 tsp

Slice fish as per preference. Make a thin paste of chilli powder, turmeric and salt and rub it on to the fish and set aside

STEP 2 : Preparing the curry paste

Onion, medium sized



5 cloves


1 tsp

Cumin seeds

1/2 tsp

Make a fine paste of all the above ingredients and set aside

STEP 3 : The preparation

Onions, medium sized, cut into thin slices


Mustard seeds

1 tsp

Dried red chilli


Curry leaves

6-8 leaves


2 tblsp

Heat oil in a heavy pan.

Pop mustard seeds taking care to avoid charring them.

Add onions, curry leaves and red chilli. Wait for onion to turn a golden brown.

Add the fish pieces and blend them in with the spices. This is a delicate operation and the best way to achieve this without damaging the fish would be to gently swirl the vessel.

As the color of the fish changes to a slight brown, add curry paste, cooked mango kernels. Blend in gently for 2 minutes and add water to submerge the fish. The water we initially set aside after boiling the kernels would be good here.

Cook on a low flame till the gravy gets a thick sauce like consistency.

Serve hot with steamed rice.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I have always wanted to prepare this dish, but never got the recipe... thanks for posting it.
The process has been simplified and it sure tastes yummy...
Many thanks