Every community in Konkan could boast of a variety of traditional, homemade masalas that they use to cook seafood but perhaps nothing is as simple yet brilliant as this one from the Goa’s fishing community itself. This barbecue masala mirrors the simple and humble lives of the fisherfolk along the Konkan Coast. Having to make do with very few spices and ingredients, and that too in very little quantities, this masala recipe was a product of necessity but has come to define the best for barbecue recipes all over. It compliments both large and small fish.
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King fish in Banana Leaf
Take 3 large slices of King fish (Surmai), about 1/2 inch thick. Season with salt and a tsp of lime juice. Keep aside for 10 mins. Take a spoonful of Fisherman’s Barbecue masala and rub it onto the fish, coating the surface evenly on both sides. Repeat with other slices. Cut a piece of banana leaf big enough to cover the fish and grease it with some oil. Place the slice in the middle and fold the leaf to form a parcel. Tie with butcher’s twine. Repeat with other slices. Moisten a frying pan with oil and place the parcels and shallow fry 10 mins on either side or until the leaf wilts and takes on a dark brown colour. Serve.
Detailed video and illustrated recipe on womenoffatorda.in/kingfishinbananaleaf
Fish marinated in this masala and then barbequed on a coal fire . . . . makes the neighbours want to come across and join us for the meal.
Dear Elias Pereira, the Fisherman Barbeque is a simple but unique blend which is great for grills and fries. Thank you for your review on it. Very happy that you liked it.
Using the easy directions, I slathered the masala paste on thick slices of firm fish. I then wrapped it in a double layer of banana leaves and barbecued on medium heat for 4 minutes each side. The result was a delicately smoked, steamed fish steak that was absoutely divine. My guests were impressed!
Dear Mr Cardozo, Thank you for your review. We're delighted that you and your guests loved the masala. It's a simple but versatile masala that works as a marinade even on any meat. We urge you to try with chicken the next time!
You can practically marinated any meat with this mix. The taste is unique, very flavourful yet so simple, a must try and you will end up stocking more.
Thank you for your review. You're right. The Fisherman's Barbeque lends itself to any meat or fish.