Or to be honest, lazy me.
There often comes a time when I want to cook something, but don’t want to get into elaborate prep nor waste hours to turn out a culinary masterpiece.
During these cooking-for-lazy-moments, short cuts and packaged sauces are extremely helpful, and they don’t necessarily put you in a compromising corner with taste.
Back to the fish.
Bombay (unfortunately referred to as Mumbai these days) has an abundance of fresh seafood but on my last visit to the fish market, I steered towards the lone guy who sells river fish, or sweet water fish as it is referred to in these parts.
Pushing past a gaggle of Bengalis – they love their river fish with an unrivalled passion – I acquired a rather fine specimen of Rohu.
Rohu, a member of the Carp family, is a bony fish and as the old jungle saying goes (Bengali, actually), the more bones in a fish the tastier it is.
I love what the Bengalis do with Rohu but today is not their day. Today is lazy day.
So I pull out a few green chillies and pull out a bottle of teriyaki marinade infused with roasted garlic. Do I see the Bengalis amongst you turn your noses up in disgust?
I slice the chillies lengthwise and douse the Rohu with a generous pour of the teriyaki. I let it steep in the marinade for a good two hours. I contradict myself here about time, but I wasn’t labouring for two hours, the marinade was.
A couple of minutes in the microwave and it’s done (notwithstanding more upturned noses from aforementioned Bengalis).
It goes deliciously well with rice, and a side of steamed broccoli.
Here’s to lazy days.