It’s National Fish and Chip day today.. However I come from a land where every single day is Fishy – no self respecting Bengali meal is deemed complete without an obligatory piece or two of fish.. A typical everyday Bengali meal usually consists of at least two if not three types of fish and even vegetarian dishes such as spinach or lentils have fish head or prawns added to them. It is not unusual to sit down for normal lunch and have dal or lentils with fish, crisply fried fish, vegetables such as butternut cooked with shrimp, a fish curry and then a “tok”
or a sweet and sour chutney with fish in it. However no special celebration is complete without Macher crumb fry (fried fish with a crumb coating) . A proper fry uses sweet water Bekti which is a white flaky fish that is filleted into slices . The fish is marinated in a paste of turmeric, green chillis, coriander leaves, salt and lemon for a few hours and then dipped in beaten egg and then breadcrumbs. Crisply fried it is served with kasundi which is a mustard and vinegar sauce and a side salad of sliced onion and cucumber.