How I wish to get back to the unthreatened days when I used to sleep under your wings and the warmth. The warmth that came straight from your kaleidoscopic heart, used to brighten up my dark, doomed days like a rainbow ! How I wish to make you feel loved, cared, cured, appreciated for you gave me wings and made my fly and lifted me all the way up to the sky ! How I wish to impress you for you are the most impressive person of my life. You have always been, Mom.
How I wish to pamper you with some home-cooked food on every single Day. For the rest of my life.
Your tom-boy, rebel, run away daughter can’t wait to display her crazy, silly, stupid cooking efforts to you ! You would be amazed to see how horrendous of a mess she can make in her kitchen !
Long before I knew that the incredible Pomfret, all the way from the Indian, Pacific and Atlantic oceans, provides us with essential omega 3 fatty acids, amino acids, Vitamin D and other science-y stuff that’s good for our heart, gleeful me used to fall in love over and over again with that shiny, sleek, smooth, silver effect on the pretty flesh ! Thanks, Mom, for introducing me to this beauty agent. And they are low in calories and high in protein.
Over the years novice me figured , the easiest-quickest-healthiest-freshest-yummiest and fuss-fry way of eating Pomfret is lightly pan frying them, just the way you used to make for us. Moist. Flavorful. Beautiful. Addictive.
When I copycat your recipe, I feel safe 🙂
2 tbsp finely chopped Rosemary, parsley (optional)
1 medium sized Pomfret (about 1 lb)
2 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp olive oil/ vegetable oil
pinch of turmeric powder and red chili flakes/powder
salt to taste
Clean the fish properly. Pat dry.
Make slits on either side of the fish.
Add lemon juice, salt, chili, turmeric, rosemary and oil. Apply the mixture all over the fish. Fill in the slits as well. Keep it aside for half an hour.
In a fry pan/skillet fry the fish in hot oil till it turns lightly golden.
Some fresh garden Salad and a scoop of steamed rice keep the meal’s simplicity unspoiled but adds pleasant hue to the table. Simple things are always uplifting and beautiful. Just like you.
How I wish you were here with me in this spring evening, warm and gentle, filled with the scent of peace and bliss….
How I wish, with my soul uncovered, face unmasked to tell you, “Thank you for being YOU. And I love you.”