With every fish fry goes a typical curry dish that can be used with the rice,in fish eating GSB’s this is something called a Thambali.
My mom used to say that earlier days when they used to clean and fry a lot of fish,along with some fish curry the ladies would be grinding for ,they would put together this simple curry ,where- in they would grind together coconut,red dried chillies and tamarind and throw in a some chopped shallots. Unlike any other coconut curry ,this is not cooked /boiled any further and would be easy to put together when there is a lot of fishes to fry and is meant to be finished at meal as it would not withstand more than 3-4hrs.
To me this is an easy dish when I have no other curries planned,but want to eat fish fry and rice.Easy to make (if you already have grated coconut around) does not need any more time investment other than that is needed to grind together the paste.This dish can also be made in a vegetarian setting ,when one wants to eat some spicy hot Bhajjia(bajo in Konkani) for lunch with rice.
Here it goes:
What you need:
- 1 1/2 Cup Coconut grating.
- 5-6 Dried fried red chillies
- Coin sized tamarind
- 1/2 a medium shallot,chopped
- salt to taste.
- 1tbsp Coconut oil-optional
- Grind together coconut,tamarind & red chillies with 1/2 cup water into a fine paste.
- Remove it into a vessel,rinse the grinder with another 1/2 cup of water and add to the paste.
- Add salt and chopped shallots.Mix together and add the coconut oil on top.
- Let it set for about 20-30mts.
- Serve on rice with fried fish.