Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Maacher Muro Diye Bhaja Mooger Dal - Fish Head in Toasted Split Mung Bean Lentils

Maacher Muro Diye Bhaja Mooger Dal
Maacher muro or fish head adds an enormous amount of flavour, also known as umami, to anything to which it is added. Umami, in my opinion, is that robust taste that is tough to satisfy; it makes the epicure crave more of the same. There are a myriad ways to prepare fish head and since I have so many of them in my freezer, I plan to serve them up in all the known ways. 

I have blogged about a few of these ways - Fish Head Pilaf, Squash with Fish Head and Bottle Gourd with Fish Heads. Toasted mung bean lentils serves as a creamy base for fish heads. The whole head is pan-fried to a golden brown crisp before immersing in the lentils to finish cooking.

Served with a steaming bowl of Basmati rice, I need nothing more than some peace and quiet so I can focus on removing the bones before enjoying this dish.

2 large fish heads, each cut in half laterally, fins & gills removed
1/2 tsp. turmeric powder
salt to taste

1 cup split mung beans, washed well and drained
1 cup frozen peas
4 cups water
1 tsp. ginger paste
1/2 tsp. garlic paste
salt to taste

6 Tbsp. mustard or vegetable oil
1/2 tsp. cumin/jeera seeds
2 bay leaves
3 serrano peppers, sliced
1/2 tsp. Kashmiri mirch or paprika or chili powder
1/2 tsp. Bengali garam masala powder
1/2 tsp. coriander powder
1/4 tsp. cumin powder
cilantro, minced, for garnish
salt and sugar to taste
1 tsp. ghee

  1. Cook split mung beans in 4 cups water with ginger & garlic pastes and salt to taste. Top with peas and set aside.
  2. Clean fish heads well and marinate with turmeric and salt for half an hour.
  3. Heat oil, fry fish heads until crisp and golden brown, remove from oil and set aside.
  4. In the same oil, sputter cumin seeds and bay leaves.
  5. Add paprika, garam masala, coriander & cumin powders, salt & sugar to taste and stir-fry for 2 minutes.
  6. Return fish heads to skillet and pour lentils over them, stir well, cover and simmer for 10 minutes.
  7. Break up the fish heads, if preferred, adjust salt to taste and stir.
  8. Garnish with ghee and cilantro before transferring to serving dish.
Serve over a bed of steaming, hot Basmati rice.

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