Lazy post: Khar Koli Fresh Water Fish Festival at Poonam's

Off to a vegetarian dinner cooked by a friend. Might label these later. Might not :) OK, I did Mom's always thrilled by the fact that they cut and clean the fish here unlike in Calcutta where you have to pay another guy to do so. In fact Mom let me to Poonam's shop when she came to Mumbai. Poonam and her sister and mom were thrilled to know that I had gone to the Vasav Koli Festival.

By the way, this is a post by Sassy Fork on a real Koli Festival going on at Mahim right now

Rui Kaalia step one

Ilish...the key to a Bong's heart

Poonam Cuts my ilish. Her mom cuts the rui

While her sister negotiates price with another docile Bengali gentleman

This surmai looks a bit stunned

wish I knew how to cook crabs

I bought some surmai slices even as K hollered on the phone "but we never finish them"

Ironically fresh water fish is cheaper than sea fish in the coastal city of Mumbai

These prawns looked so tempting. Why couldn't spinach have high cholesterol?

Machher mudo or fish head. A Bengali wet dream

The Koli fresh water fish festival

Putting a price to our friendship

Sorry fellow Bongs

A well stocked Bong fridge

Alu chhok. A dish inspired by a tweet by @madhumita

Ilish bhaaja


Ushnish Ghosh said…
Dear Kalyan
How are you? Thank you so much for this awesome post. I am off blog, but find some time to read yours.
Saw the Bombay duck photo, I have taken to Bombay duck recently and cook a great Jhuri bhaja with this fish..May be in my next visit to mumbai we will meet.
Have a nice weekend
Ghosh kaku
..its ..something very interesting to see those ladies,cutting fish..
is it a platform where they sit...I mean its darn difficult to sit for hrs like that!
I have tasted ilish fish..its simply the best fish in the world...
nothing can match that taste!
thanks for sharing!!
Kalyan Karmakar said…
Dear Ghosh Kaku,

Thanks for writing in with your words of encouragement. I will get Bombay Duck if you promise to make the jhuri bhaaja. Hope to see you soon

@Harman, I am really impressed that you have tried and enjoyed Ilish. Re, the ladies, I often wondered how wicket keepers in cricket managed this
Sassy Fork said…
Always a pleasure to read yr posts on fish! Mahul is the fishing village near Chembur.This was their fourth festival.Thanks for posting!
Anonymous said…
for the love of food and for all the food-porn you have been constantly treating us to, I have to say two things - 1. Please do not store fish or any food item in plastics in the freezer( even if it comes with " safe to microwave" labels. It is not. Do not microwave food in any kind of plastics. Plastics / tupperware are only to store dry items for a short period. My uncle is a leading oncologist in the country and it comes from his published papers. So I am passing this on to you for good health, long life and so we keep getting our daily dose of food porn ;)

2. Here is how you can cook crabs - my all time fav-

There are more here too :

Try it, you wont regret!1

Kalyan Karmakar said…
@Sassy, thanks for introducing us to the world of Koli Festivals

@Manu, thanks so much for posting this. In fact I am going to put this on the main blog. We use plastic just for heating these days but will try to cut that down. But what do you store the food in then?

And thanks for the crab recipes :)