Fish head moong dal

Hello my dear friends and fellows! Welcome back to my space Dish Of Delight once again!
I am back with another mouth watering delicacy from the Bengali cuisine. Fish head moong dal or Machher matha diye moonger dal, as we call in beangli, is a special dal cooked in a Bengali kitchen during occasions or get togethers. Fish head moong dal is a must side dish if we are planning to cook a traditional Bengali thali. In this dish, moong dal is cooked along with fried fish head. To cook this dal we can use fish head of either Rohu fish or Hilsa fish or Katla fish. However, I follow a little different recipe when I cook dal with Hilsa fish head.
So, lets start with the recipe to cook fish head moong dal.

Ingredients

Moong dal 1 cup of cup size 120ml
Rohu fish head 1 large cut into halves
Raisins 2 tbsp ( optional)
Onion 1 small or ½ of a medium sized, sliced
1 small chopped
Green chilli paste ½ tbsp
Ginger paste ½ tbsp
Garlic 2 or 3 cloves crushed
Turmeric powder ½ + 1 tsp
Kashmiri red chilli powder 2 tsp
Cumin powder 2 tsp
Coriander powder 1 tsp
Garam masala powder 1 tsp
Bay leaf 1
Dry red chilli 1 large or 2 small
Cinnamon 1” stick
Cardamom 3 or 4
Cloves 3 or 4
Cumin seeds 1 tsp
Salt as per taste
Sugar as per taste
Ghee 1 tsp
Mustard oil 2 + 1 tbsp

Procedure

• Dry roast the moong dal at medium flames until their colour starts changing but do not let them brown.
• Wash the lentils and then pressure cook it along with 3 cups of water and a little bit of salt to 1 whistle at medium flames.
• Rub and coat the fish head pieces with ½ tsp turmeric powder and a little salt
• Heat 2 tbsp oil in a kadhai at high flames. Once the oil is hot enough, gently add the fish head pieces and fry until it turns golden brown in colour
• Strain out the fried fish head pieces from excess oil and keep aside
• In a small bowl take the remaining turmeric powder, Kashmiri red chilli powder, cumin powder, coriander powder, salt and sugar and mix well along with 2 tbsp water to make a fine paste and keep ready
• Add the remaining oil in the same kadhai and let it heat at medium flames. Once heated, temper it with the whole spices
• Add onion and fry until it turns golden brown in colour
• Add ginger, garlic, green chilli paste and sauté until their raw smell disappears
• Add the prepared spices mixture paste and sauté and roast the spices until oil starts separating
• Add the fried fish head pieces, raisins and roast along with the spices for about a minute. Add little water if the spices gets too dry
• Fish head moong dal is ready to be served. Serve it hot with plain rice and enjoy.
• Add the cooked dal and mix well. Add ½ to ¾ cups water as per you choice of consistency of the dal and bring to a boil by increasing the flames
• Once the dal starts boiling, reduce the flames to medium low and cook covered for about a minute
• Open cover, add ghee and garam masala powder and mix well. Cover and then switch off the flames. Let the dal rest for a minute or two. Serve hot dal with plain rice and enjoy.

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