Saturday, March 30, 2013

LENTIL WITH FISH HEAD(MUDHI GHANTA)

INGREDIENTS:-

Bengal gram(Chana dal)-1 cup
Fish head and tail-1+1(you can add other pieces also)
Whole garam masala-1 1/2 tbsp(cardamoms,cloves,black pepper,coriander seeds,cumin seeds,cinnamon and bay leaf)
Dry red chilies-4
Chopped Onion-1 medium
Chopped tomato-2 medium
Potato-1 large(Peel and cut into large cubes)
Pumpkin-1cup/100 gms(cut into large cubes)(You can use squash if you don’t get yellow pumpkin)
Ginger-garlic paste-1 tbsp
Turmeric powder-3 tsp(1 tsp for marinade fish,1 tsp for chana dal and 1 tsp for curry)
Chili powder-2 tsp(to taste)
Cumin powder-1/2 tsp
Coriander powder-1 1/2 tsp
Fish curry powder-1/2 tsp
Garam masala-1/2 tsp
Dry fenugreek leaves-1 tsp
Sugar-1/4 tsp
Salt to taste
Oil as needed
Coriander leaves for garnishing

METHOD:-

1-Wash and soak the bengal gram(chana dal)in water for 2-3 hours.
2-Wash the fish then add a tsp of salt and turmeric powder and keep it aside for 10-15 minutes.
3-Cook the soaked chana dal with a little water,salt and turmeric in a pressure cooker for 2 whistle,keep aside.
4-In a pan or kadhai heat 1 tbsp oil and fry the marinade fish till it turns reddish,then remove from pan and keep aside.
5-Then heat remaining oil(if need then add 1 or 2 tsp oil),add dry red chilies and whole garam masala and allow to splutter.
6-Add chopped onions and fry till it turns golden brown in colour,then add Ginger-garlic paste and fry till oil starts to separate.
7-Then add salt,sugar,turmeric powder,cumin powder,coriander powder,fish curry powder,garam masala powder,chili powder and dry fenugeek leaves to it and saute for 2 mins.
8-Add the chopped tomato and cook for 5 mins for it to soften.
9-Then add potato and pumpkin,mix well and cook till they are half done.
10-Add fish in the pan,then crush and mix properly,fry for 1 mins.
11-Then add chana dal,mix well and cook for 5 mins.
12-Then add 1 1/2 cup of water and bring to a boil,Simmer for 10-15 mins.
13-Garnish with freshly chopped coriander leaves and serve with rice or roti.
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