Ha ha ha ha...the take of the Khap Panchayat in Hariyana accusing fast food (read chowmein) of arousing men to commit rapes sent me cackling in a fit of laughter when the news caught my notice the first time and now a follow-up satirical article on Times of India set me onto another round of bellyaching hysteria. I never dreamed chowmein among all would become a subject of controversy due to an ignorant Indian leader viewing it as a stimulant for eroticism, completely bizarre to say the least. The jokes passing around Facebook since then over chowmein are just too funny to ignore, one of them read "Babo will be serving a plate of chowmein tonight to Saifu darling, her newly wed husband."
The article linked below offers a parodical review on the subject with a stunning opening line "Chowmein will soon officially replace Viagra in India as the scheduled prescription drug to enhance potency in men..... This move is significant as chowmein will now be a restricted commodity and will be moved from the food and beverages industry to the pharmaceutical industry". Please click the link below to enjoy 10 minutes of belly laugh.
Back to the recipe, Elish Macher Dimer Chochchori is another exciting preparation of hilsa roe, next to Elish Macher Dimer Tok Mishti Ambol. Savoury and flavoursome, this dish goes best with rice and paratha.
Ingredients: Cooking time: 30 minutes
ü 300 gm hilsa roe or Elish macher dim
ü 4 cloves of garlic (minced)
ü 4 stalks of spring onion (chopped)
ü 1 small red onion (chopped)
ü 1 tomato (chopped)
ü 1 tsp coriander powder
ü 2 tsp turmeric powder
ü 2 tsp amchur or dry mango powder
ü 1 tsp kashmiri red mirch or chilli flakes
ü 1 tsp garam masala powder
ü 4-5 green chillies (chopped)
ü 2 green chillies (split)
ü Black pepper, taste wise
ü Coriander leaves (chopped)
ü Salt to taste
ü Mustard oil for cooking
1) In a microwave safe bowl, pour 2-3 cups of water and mix 1 tsp turmeric powder, salt, 2 green chillies, tomatoes and coriander leaves into it. Cook it in microwave for 10 minutes on high. Strain the water and dispose the dregs.
2) Mix in turmeric powder, salt and 1 tsp dry mango powder with hilsa roe. Dribble a sprinkling of mustard oil into it and combine well.
3) Heat mustard oil in a wok and fry the hilsa roe. Set aside.
4) Now into the same oil, add garlic and onion. Fry till onion turns golden brown in color. Add turmeric powder, black pepper, sugar, red chilli flakes or kashmiri red mirch and garam masala powder. Sauté the spices for 5-8 minutes.
5) Add the fried hilsa roe, the remaining tsp of dry mango powder and salt. Add spring onion and mix in. Pour little amount of the tomato-green chilli water that you have cooked in microwave and add 1 tsp ghee. Bring the gravy to a boil.
6) Serve hot with steaming rice.