Fish Broth

I love to cook for my 9 months old daughter. I enjoy watching her eat new food. She likes to eat fish, so we see to it that we give her fish on every Sunday. We introduced fish in her diet when she was 6 months old. Till now we have given her only white fish as it is a little easy to digest. Be very careful about deboning the fish when feeding.

Ingredients –

I piece of any white fish (I have used lady fish in this recipe),

1 small clove garlic,

1 tsp finely chopped onion,

1 tsp finely chopped tomatoes,

1 pinch pepper powder,

½ tsp butter/ghee,

1 pinch turmeric,

1 cup water,

Salt to taste

 Method –

Clean the fish and apply very little salt and turmeric and keep it aside for 5 to 10 minutes.

Heat butter/ghee in a small pan. Fry finely chopped garlic, onion and tomatoes for ½ a minute.

All 1 cup water to this, add the fish, pepper powder and adjust salt. Let it boil till fish gets cooked completely.

Allow it to cool and debone the fish and put the pieces back in the broth. Mash it up lightly and serve warm.


Goan fish curry (with onion)

Goans mostly eat fish curry and rice. The masala for fish curry differs slightly depending on the type of fish. That is for sweet water fish like lady fish (muddoshi), silver fish (vellyo), pomfret (paplet), mullets (shevto) etc, onion is used. And for strong flavored fish like king fish, mackerel, sword fish, sardines etc, saichin pepper (teppla) is used.

Fish curry always taste good if consumed after 3 to 4 hrs after cooking – all the fish taste needs to get dissolved in the curry.

I can never remember the ingredients that go in this, so I always have to call up my mom in Goa for the same. To avoid this I have posted this recipe on our blog. 


2 cups freshly grated coconut

1/4th tsp turmeric powder

8 to 10 dried red chilies (I use bedgie and short goan chilies)

2 green chilies,

4 small garlic pods

1/4th onion roughly chopped

2 tsp coriander seeds

8 to 10 methi seeds

1 small onion finely chopped

1 raw mango

2 tsp oil

Any white fish (I used 14 small sized lady fish)


Method –

Clean fish and apply salt and keep aside.

Cut raw mango into medium sized pieces, apply salt and keep aside.

Heat 1 tsp oil and fry methi seeds and keep aside.

In the same oil fry coriander seeds and red chilies for 2 minutes.

Now grind fried coriander seeds, red chilies, green chilies, coconut, turmeric, garlic, 1/4th onion with little water to a fine paste.

Lastly add fried methi seeds and grind for 2 minutes.

Heat 1 tsp oil and fry finely chopped onion till brown. Add ground masala with sufficient water, add salt and mango pieces and let it boil thoroughly. Adjust salt. Lastly add fish and let the fish cook. Do not stir once you add the fish. Serve hot with rice and fried fish.

P.S – If you do not have raw mangoes then use a very small ball of tamarind while grinding the masala.

Vellyachi Potli


This is an amazing recipe of fish baked with coconut and onion, wrapped in a banana leaf to form a bag (potli in Konkani). Vellyo in Goa means Silver Fish. Silver fish are of the size of an index finger. This is my Moms creation.


25 silver fish,

2 big onions cut lengthwise,

1 cup grated coconut,

¼ tsp turmeric powder,

2 to 3 tsp red chilly powder,

3 to 4 green chilies,

Dry mango pieces or tamarind pulp,

2 tsp oil,

Salt to taste


Clean silver fish apply salt and keep aside.

Heat oil in heavy bottomed pan and fry onions, green chilies for 4 to 5 minutes.

Add coconut, turmeric powder, red chili powder, salt and dry mango pieces or tamarind pulp.

Mix well and add fish. Switch off the gas and let it cool for sometime.

Wrap the fish mix along with the water in a banana leaf to form a small tight packet (potli).

Microwave on high for 15 to 20 minutes.

P.S Do not add water to the masala.