Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Conquering the Mudighonto!

Having expressed my love for fish, I am down to business - and that is "I have conquered Mudighonto!!" For all those who are clueless it is somewhat like a biriyani cooked with the head of a fish.

This feat is very simple. It is something I have relished for many years and my mom knew this was a quick fix to any rotten mood that I might have. This magic however might not work on everybody.

STEP 1 - Fry the fish head
1 Fish head cut up and cleaned
2 Turmeric powder
3 Chilly powder
4 Salt

Mix 2,3 and 4 with the head and leave aside for a while. Then deep fry in hot oil. Note: There will be a lot of hot oil sputtering, so fry with lid on.

STEP 2 - Soak the rice
Take about 1 cup of rice and pre soak it for at least 10 minutes before cooking. Wash and drain the water while adding it.

STEP 3 - Make the dish
You will need:
1 - Garlic crushed
2 - 3 onions chopped
3 - 2 tomatoes
4 - 1/2 Green chillies
5 - Ginger Garlic paste - 2 tsps
6 - Turmeric powder
7 - Chilly Powder
8 - Salt
9 - Oil to fry
10 - Pinch of sugar
11 - Curd - 2tbsps
12 - Garam Masala powder

1. You can use the oil used to fry the fish. To it add the pinch of salt, the crushed garlic, onions and fry. After a while add the ginger garlic paste and fry longer. Finally add the tomatoes. Fry further. This whole process would take about 5 minutes.
2. Now add the rice(uncooked) and gently fry the entire mix together. Add the turmeric and chilly powder. To this add the fried fish and fry for about 2 -5 minutes. At this point add the curd and about 2 cups of water.
Add half a teaspoon of garam masala, close the lid and pressure cook it.
3. Let it whistle once and keep it on sim for about 5 minutes. Do not force the pressure cooker to open.
Your Mudighonto is ready to be gobbled.

NOTE: Fish head is very good for the human species. Fish is good, even fish oil. Imagine we love frying the fat and eating it. If you do not believe me, just Google it. Arthritis, blood pressure, heart problems-- so many things can be taken care of with the consumption of fish! Here's to us fishy people!

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