A delicacy among Indians and East Indians, the fish eggs or roe is the Indian version of caviar, and called gaboli in Marathi. Usually sourced from the hilsa or illish fish, it’s easy to store them for use in the winter months.
The monsoons come around in India, and spawning season is upon us. That’s when we get to eat one of our favorite foods, gaboli.
What is gaboli? Gaboli is a local term for fish roe or fish eggs. It’s usually sourced from the illish fish (hilsa or palla) and is turned into curries or cutlets. It’s also eaten fried with chutney or fried with masala.
But one thing we also do, is buy an excess of this Indian caviar and store it for the winter months. Yep, it’s expensive, but a lot cheaper than sturgeon fish caviar or beluga caviar. So why not?
Whether you’re eating keto or gluten-free or avoiding fatty foods, boiled fish roe are a perfect fit!
How To Boil and The Gaboli (Fish Roe)
Storing gaboli at home is really easy. Simply boil the fish roe with salt and water. Then chop it, or leave it whole, add it to a container along with the salt water, and freeze. It’ll last for months.
Just make sure you add the salt water along with the roe. This prevents the fish roe from getting freezer burn or tasting funny.
This pic is from the last batch my mom froze in July and thawed in January to make fish vindaloo for my brother and sis-in-law. They only come down from the UK maybe every two years, and storing the fish eggs gives them a chance to enjoy Indian caviar when they’re here.
How to boil and store Gaboli (Fish Roe / Fish Eggs)
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- 5 Roe
- 1 teaspoon Salt
- 2 l Water
- Add the gaboli (fish roe or fish eggs) to a pot.
- Add salt and enough water to cover.
- Boil for 7 to 8 minutes.
- Allow to cool before chopping into pieces.
- Move to a tupperware box and cover with the leftover water.
- Freeze for months till you want to eat.
- Months later, after thawing, either boil and eat plain, or add to your favorite gaboli dish. (I'll add recipes to the blog in a bit.)
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Whether you thaw the fish roe a month later or 6 months later, remember to reheat it after thawing. You can either boil the fish eggs and eat them plain, or add to your favorite gaboli dish. (I’ll add fish roe recipes to the blog in a bit.)
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What recipes can you make with Gaboli Fish Eggs?
Apart from eating it plain to savor the texture and taste, you can actually make quite a few things with fish eggs. Fried gaboli, roe vindaloo, roe curry, roe cutlets, etc. I’ll post the recipes as soon as I can.
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