In Goa during the rainy seasons whenever we dont get fresh fish we use dry fish like dry mackerels, dry prawns, etc to make dishes and to satisfy our fish cravings. We GSB's are pesco vegetarians meaning fish eating people. In Goa most people dont eat fish on Mondays and Thursdays. But they crave for fish even on these non-fish eating days. So when there is no fish in market during the rainy days, we Goans manage with dry fish eagerly waiting for the season to get over. That is because, the fisherman are not allowed to go fishing as it is the breeding season for the fish and also risky to venture the Arabian Sea with their fishing travellers. So from June to mid-August fisherman are not allowed to go fishing. Still illegally some will go off fishing and sell the catch at exorbitant prices.
1 small katori / 1/2 cup dry prawns
1/2 cup grated coconut(coconut of small size)
1 marble sized ball of tamarind
1 tsp turmeric powder
4-5 dry red chillies / byadgi chillies / shepda
1/2 tsp coriander seeds
1/2 + 1/4 chopped onion
1 tsp oil
In a non-stick pan, add 1 tablespoon oil and slightly roast the dry prawns and keep them aside.
Cut the radish into 2 inch long fingers and boil them separately. Keep them aside. Do not discard the water.
For the gravy:
Grind, grated coconut, turmeric powder, tamarind, peppercorns, coriander and red chillies by adding 1/2 cup water.
In an aluminium bowl, add oil and fry the onions till they look a bit brown.
Add the gravy and stir. Add 1/2 cup water to the gravy.
Add the dry prawns and cook on a medium flame for 2 Min's.
Add the radish along with little water which was used to boil them and cook for another 5 mins by closing the lid.
After this, take a tadka pan, add oil to it and fry 1/4 chopped onion on high flame till the onion gets burnt. After it burns, slightly open the lid of the aluminum bowl in which the gravy is present and carefully immerse the tadka pan into the gravy. This gives a classic wooden taste to the gravy.
Done, serve it with rice and dry mackerel kishmoor and some fried fish.