Visit to the local fish market

Kerala and Bengal, though located in different parts of India, has couple of common factors like daily diet of rice-fish and Communism. Being a part of a Keralite family, it goes without saying that we have sea food in our daily diet. Plus having a best friend who is a Bengali, it goes without saying that I have tried and relished all Bengali fish delicacies. The style of preparing fish in Kerala and Bengal are poles apart mainly the use of coconut oil v. mustard oil and  sea fish v. fresh water fish. Though the tastes are no way similar, I absolutely finger-lickingly love these strikingly different  cuisines. My small speech about these two cuisines finds relevance in my recent trip to the local fish market in Accra, another coastal city.

When my friends asked me whether I would be interested to explore the local fish market, I jumped at the opportunity. Here, fish is easily available at supermarkets. But you know, it is different level fun to visit the market and bargain for the fresh catch. At the market I was thrilled to find some of my sea food favorites from Kerala like കിള്ളി മീന ‘Killi meen’, a cousin of  നെത്തോലി ‘Netholi’ and ചാള / മതി  ‘Chala or Mathi’ and also some of  Bengali favorites like তেলাপিয়া Telapiya.

Sharing some clicks from the market

I must say you got be a mix of factors to be here for shopping- a bit of adventure, not freaky about cleanliness, dont mind the fish market smell and ready to bargain to really experience such local market places, whether it be India or Africa. What is guaranteed is fresh catch at the best prices. Otherwise, supermarkets are the safest places for you

I must say you got be a mix of factors to be here for shopping- a bit of adventure, not freaky about cleanliness, dont mind the fish market smell and ready to bargain to really experience such local market places, whether it be India or Africa. What is guaranteed is fresh catch at the best prices. Otherwise, supermarkets are the safest places for you

Here, at the super markets the fish is charged four times the local market price.
Here, at the super markets the fish is charged four times the local market price.

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Our friends/neighbors/'Accra guide' during the negotiation process for the best price
Our friends/neighbors/’Accra guide’ during the negotiation process for the best price
 On our drive back home, road along the beach
On our drive back home, road along the beach
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3 thoughts on “Visit to the local fish market

  1. Kerala and Bengal are also known for their high level of intellectualism. However that has not come in the way of enjoying their Meen or Maach. The ubiquitous gourmets have raised the bar for the recipes that abound. Yet the Meen Pollichathu or the Dohi Mach retain their traditional popularity hands down. The raconteur in you is blossoming. Keep brightening our day with your visual anecdotes.

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