It's difficult to get fishes here, more so when you are stationed in USA's one of the desolate less populated places like Perrysburg. However, making the utmost use of the boon called Internet we finally have traced a market that sells fishes; Bengali fishes.
Starting from Boyal to Loitta, every fish that I know of was available there, except Bhetki. I was bursting with excitement and joy when I stepped into the market as if I had discovered a hidden treasure. For Bengalis, fish is an integral part of our cuisine and laying hands on our favourite food item in a foreign land seems nothing short of a miracle.
The recipe below involves simple preparation. My mother used to cook it pretty often during our growing years. It was what you say 'staple' in our home.