Fish head ... 1
Rice ..... 1 cup
Potatoes . 1 (cut into cubes)
Onions .. 2 medium sized (chopped finely)
Green chillies .. 1-2
Ginger ... 1 tbsp (grated)
Bay leaf ... 1
Cinnamon stick ... 1" piece
Green cardamoms .. 3-4
Black cardamom ... 1
Cloves .. 3-4
Turmeric powder ... 1/2 tsp ( use half for marination and remaining half for cooking )
Red chilli powder ... 1/4 tsp (or more if you like it hot)
Garam masalaa ... 1 tsp
Salt .. to taste
Oil .. as needed
Desi ghee / clarified butter .. 1 tbsp
Corainder leaves .. to garnish
Wash the fish head and marinate it with salt and turmeric powder for one hour.
Peel the potato and cut into cubes. Keep them in salted water until you fry them..
Heat oil in a flat and thick bottomed pan. Fry the fish head turning sides until it is done.
Remove it and set aside
In the same oil fry the potato cubes until almost done.
Remove them and set aside
Reduce the flame and add the whole spices and let them fry until you get a nice aroma..
Now add the grated ginger, green chillies and onion to the pan and saute until it is light brown in colour..
Now tip in the washed and soaked rice and the spice powders. Add the salt carefully as the fish head and potatoes already have salt. Saute for a minute.
Add 2 cups of water ( a little more if you want a softer consistency ) and bring to a boil. Reduce the flame and when rice is half done add the fish pieces.
Spoon the ghee at this stage. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot.