Eat this with plain rice and make the sauce as hot as you like. In Bengal the mustard seeds are ground at home, but to make matters simpler I have used shop-bought mustard powder. Halibut may be used instead of salmon. This very traditional dish is best served with Plain Basmati Rice and My Everyday Moong Dal plus a green vegetable
* 340 g/12 oz skinless salmon fillet
* ground turmeric
* cayenne pepper
* 1 tablespoon mustard powder
* 2 tablespoons mustard oil or
* extra virgin olive oil
* ¼ teaspoon whole brown
* mustard seeds
* ¼ teaspoon whole cumin seeds
* ¼ teaspoon whole fennel seeds
* 2 fresh, hot green chillies (bird’s eye are best), partially slit
Cut the fish into pieces about 2.5 x 5 cm/1 x 2 inches and rub them evenly with ¼ teaspoon salt, ¼ teaspoon ground turmeric and ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper. Cover and set aside in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes or up to 8 hours.
Put the mustard powder in a small bowl with ¼–½ teaspoon cayenne pepper, ¼ teaspoon turmeric and ¼ teaspoon salt. Add 1 tablespoon water and mix to a paste. Add another 7 tablespoons water and mix. Set aside.
Put the oil in a medium frying pan and set over a medium–high heat. When hot, put in the mustard seeds. As soon as they start to pop, a matter of seconds, add the cumin and fennel seeds. Stir once and quickly pour in the mustard paste. Add the chillies, stir and bring to a gentle simmer.
Place the fish pieces in the sauce in a single layer. Simmer gently for about 5 minutes, or until the fish is just cooked through, turning the fish over once and spooning the sauce over it all the time.