Ok, I know you people are confused about the title of the blog post. What is sole-mole? Are not radishes only for salads? How can you cook radish with fish and that too in a curry? Well, dear friends, Assamese cuisine is full of such wonders that you won’t find in any other branches of Indian cuisine.
We, Assamese, are a bunch people occupying one of the states in northeastern India. Our language is different and so do our culture and traditions. We juggle between tribal and Aryan customs and have developed our own cuisine. We are the proud nation that stopped the mighty Mughal invasion in this part of India for 17 times. We are one of the eldest inhabitants of India and our culture has endured several millennia. Assamese cuisine is known for its simplicity and flavours that is symmetrical to nature. We use lots of herbs, vegetables and fishes in our cuisine. It is one of the lesser-known branches of Indian cuisine that has yet to gain popularity among the masses. But still, there is Chef Vikash Khanna, who cooked one of our signature dishes called khar for the His Holiness Pope!
One of the reasons to start this blog is to document the recipes that are confined to Assam only. Let me be very clear that I am no accomplished cook but I love my food and I love to read about food. But the internet is still full of lots of wrong information about our food and there is hardly any blog that has dedicated its space to this awesome cuisine. So, this blog is my humble attempt to write about our cuisine in its original avatar.
Sole-mole is a term widely used in winters in Assam. It means shol fish (Snakehead mural) with radish. According to Assamese traditions, shol fish tastes best with radish and as radishes are abundant in winters, this curry always remains in high demand. Radish is a root crop mainly used for salads but you can also make its stir-fry or curry as I have made this one. They are good for your health and can make a delicious curry with fish.
Here is the traditional Assamese Recipe for Radish Curry with Fish. I substituted shol fish with another one called bhangon but the taste was still awesome.
- 3 radishes
- 2 potatoes
- 4 pieces of fish of your choice
- 1 teaspoon ginger garlic paste
- 1 medium sized onion, finely chopped
- Mustard oil, salt and turmeric powder
- Green chillies and corriander leaves (optional)
- Cut the radish and potatoes as seen in the picture 2.
- Heat oil in a wok. Add salt and turmeric into it.
- Fry the fish pieces and keep aside.
- Now fry the onions in the same oil till they turn soft.
- Add the radish and potatoes along with little salt and turmeric.
- Cook till they are half done on medium heat.
- Add the ginger-garlic paste and mix well.
- Now add one and half glass of water.
- Bring it to boil and add the fish.
- Cook till you get the required consistency.
- Adjust the salt and garnish with chillies and coriander leaves.
- Serve with plain rice.