800 gms Mackerels (6) or Sardines
6 medium onions (chopped)
1.5 pods chopped garlic
3 inches chopped ginger
6 chopped green chillies
400 gms tomatoes or one can of diced tomatoes.
A bunch chopped coriander leaves
1 to 1.5 tsp chilli powder (according to spice requirement)
½ tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp salt
½ cup vinegar
The above four can be substituted with 2 tbsp Dexter’s salt & chilli paste. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xfGFqtF9UkU
Juice of lemon
3 tblsp of Olive Oil
Clean the Mackerels (with Pockets along the bone- see video) or Sardines, apply ½ tsp of salt and keep aside.
Heat a deep pan and add olive oil. When hot add the Onions. Add 1/2 tsp of salt. Fry till the onions become slightly brown. Add the ginger, garlic, chillies. Fry for 3 minutes. Add the chilli, turmeric, salt and vinegar or salt & chilli paste. Mix well and add tomatoes and mix well. Fry for 5 minutes.
Pre-heat Oven at 180 degrees for 10 minutes. Take a deep baking dish or roasting dish. Add one portion of the cooked masala to the dish. On top of it place the Mackerels or Sardines. For Mackerels fill some of the masala into the pockets which were created. Put the rest of the masala on top of the mackerels or sardines. Sprinkle the coriander leaves on top of the fish and then sprinkle the lemon juice on top of the fish.
Close with lid (sealed) or aluminium foil. Place some water on top of the lid. Bake for 30 minutes.