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Mudi Ghanta

Its an authentic oriya dish that uses fish head, tail and channa dal.
I know the name does not make much sense to non-oriya people actually it does not make much sense to me either  as it really does not use any mudi :)
Its generally cooked in wedding receptions in villages and its really important to people that it is a part of the feast.

Ingredients :

  1. Fish head: 1 ( I used tilapia fish, back home its generally rohi )
  2. Fish tail: 1
  3. Channa dal: 1 cup
  4. Tomato: 2 medium finely chopped
  5. Potato: 1 medium cut in cubes
  6. Grated ginger: 1 tsp
  7. Ginger garlic paste: 1 tbs
  8. Onion: 1 medium
  9. Cinnamon stick: 1 inch long
  10. Cardamon: 2
  11. Bay leaf: 2
  12. Cumin seeds: 1 tsp
  13. Mustard seeds: 1/4 tsp
  14. Coriander seeds: 1 1/2 tsp
  15.  Red chilli: 4 whole
  16. Turmeric: 2 tsp
  17. Oil: 4 tsp
  18. Salt : as per taste


Wash and soak the channa dal for 2-3 hours. 
Marinate the fish with salt and half of the turmeric for about 5 minutes. 
Dry roast the cinnamon, cardamon, half of the cumin seeds, coriander seeds, 1 bay leaf and 2 red chilli Grind the onion along with the roasted spices into a thick & smooth paste.
Heat 2 tsp oil in a pan. Add the fish and fry till it turns reddish, crush it in the pan & keep aside.
Cook the soaked channa dal with a little water, salt and turmeric in a pressure cooker for 1 whistle. 
Heat 2 tsp oil in a wok. Add the potato pieces, fry for 3-4 mins and remove from wok.
Add the red chillis, bay leaf, mustard and cumin seeds. Allow to splutter and then add a little turmeric ( for color ).
Add grated ginger and follow with the masala paste after 30 secs. Add ginger garlic paste along with a little salt after 3 mins. Cook the masala till the raw smell is gone.
Add the chopped tomato and cook till it softens and oil starts oozing out of the masala
Add the crushed fish and boiled channa dal. Mix well and cook for 3 mins.
Add 1 1/2 cup of water and bring to a boil. Add more salt if required. Simmer for 5-6mins.
Serve hot with rice/rotis.

I hope you enjoy this beautiful Oriya delicacy just be careful of the thrones while eating ;)

Till then Happy Blogging


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