A long time favorite of mine is her Fish in Mustard Sauce ( Patot Dia Mas) wrapped in banana leaves and oven roasted. Incredibly simple and rustic, it is a comfort food for our family and try as I might- have been unsuccessful in creating the same flavors with aluminum foil (in the absence of banana leaves).This dish is indigenous to my native state of Assam in the North East of India and was traditionally slow roasted over hot embers.
Ma's recipe for Fish in Mustard sauce:
4 pieces Carp
4 tsp yellow mustard seeds made into a paste
2 green chilies
salt to taste
handful of cilantro leaves chopped
1 tbsp mustard oil
1 large banana leaf
1. Place the banana leaf flat and slice off the central vein of the banana leaf to form a string and set aside. Roast the leaf over a low flame till it is flexible. ( it will shrink a little)
2. Rub the fish with the rest of the ingredients and place in the center of the leaf. Tie it with the twine and bake in a hot oven at 350 degrees for 20 minutes approximately.
3. Serve hot with rice.