Fish head Curry

The aroma of the Fish Head curry in the making reminds me of my childhood days in Mahe. We used to fight for a pound-of-flesh of the fish head and my mom always wished if fish could have more than one head! Nowadays I fillet the fish and store the head and bones separately and wait for a great day to make them. So usually I end up having more than one head to make and I wished my mom could do that those days. I did inherit her recipe and whenever I visit my parents, they want me to make this for them. Is that what you call good Karma? wink emoticon

I was thinking of making something for Bharti’s birthday, something that has a cross between Singapore and Kerala. Couldn’t have thought of anything better than Fish Head Curry!! Whether she would like this or not is a different question altogether. I decided to take a risk and said, if she likes it, I will post it, if not I wont! Well now you know.. 

Fish head Curry

500 grams Fish Head cut in to medium pieces and washed thoroughly
2 tablespoon cooking oil
2 table spoon coconut oil
1.5 Onions chopped 
2 medium tomatoes chopped in to medium pieces
40 grams tamarind soaked in 200 ml water
6-8 cloves of garlic
1 inch piece of ginger
2 tablespoon Kashmiri red chilly powder (1 tablespoon if you have the normal chilli powder)
1 teaspoon turmeric powder
1 and 1/2 teaspoon cumin (freshly ground, preferably in a mortar and pestle)
6-8 green chilies slit in to half
3 sprigs curry leaves
Take a thick bottomed pan or khadai, add onions, ginger, garlic, green chillies, red chilli powder, 1 teaspoon cumin powder, turmeric powder, tomatoes, curry leaves and cooking oil and salt to taste. Mix thoroughly, kneading with the hands so that all the ingredients are mixed well. Now add the tamarind water and again mix well with the hand and adjust the salt. Add the fish head in the mixture and cook for 10 mins occasionally swirling the pan but not stirring. Take it out of the heat, sprinkle the ½ teaspoon cumin powder and drizzle the coconut oil and again swirl and keep it closed for 5 mins and its

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