Balchao De Peixe (Fish Balchao)

Course : Curry
Serves: 1
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6 fillets or steaks of any firm fish
1 medium Onion oil for shallow frying
2 tablespoons balchao paste
---masala mix
20 medium dry Kashmiri chiles
5 whole peppercorns
10 cloves garlic
1/2 teaspoon turmeric -- ground
3 whole cloves
1 piece cinnamon bark
1 teaspoon coriander seeds
1/4 teaspoon cumin seeds

Preparation / Directions:

Grind together the masala mix in enough vinegar to give a thick paste. Fry the onions until brown, add the masala and fry for about 5 minutes over a low heat. Add the balchao and continue to cook. In a separate pan fry the fish slightly. Add the masala/onion mixture to the fish, adding a little water if the paste is too thick. Simmer until the fish is cooked. Serve with plain boiled rice.

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