Dry Fish Kofta / Chepa Shutki Bora / চেপা শুঁটকি বড়া is a kofta that is made from pumpkin leaves / Bottle gourd leaves/ Spiny gourd leaves wrapping a filling dried fish or shutki specially Chepa shutki. Chepa sutki is a semi dried traditional fermented fish. Usually dry fish is baked under sun, but Chepa sutki is made with semi fermentation. It is origin to Mymensingh district of Bangladesh. The shutki itself is very very spicy and is best paired with plain steaming rice.
Makes: 8-10 koftas/bora4 chepa shutki/dried fish
1 cup onion slices
1/2 cup garlic slices
12-15 dry red chillies
2 green chilli chopped
Salt as needed
8-10 pumpkin leaves / Bottle gourd leaves/ Spiny gourd leaves
How to Make:
1.) Wash the chapa shutki(dry fish) in lukewarm water. Set aside.
2.) Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a fry pan, fry dry chilies, onions, garlic slices and dry fish one by one. We will fry onion and garlic with bit of salt for 2 minutes to make it bit soft.
3.) Make paste of dry chillies, garlic and dry fish together. Mix dry fish mixture with onion, green chillies, 1teaspoon mustard oil and salt. Here you get Chepa Shuti bhorta , you can have this stage.
3.) For Bora / Kofta: Wash the leafy vegetables, pat dry it with paper towel, and mix with salt. Set aside for 10 minutes. Stuff each leaf with cheap shutki bhorta, if your leaf is small, you can cover it 2 leaves to make a bora/ kofta. Repeat for the rest of the mixture and leaves.
4.) Heat a frying pan 2 tablespoons of oil. Fry the koftas on low heat with lid on. Remove Dry Fish Kofta / Chepa Shutki Bora from heat when leaves are cooked.
5.) Serve Dry Fish Kofta / Chepa Shutki Bora with steamy hot rice.
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