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Machher matha badhakopi(Cabbage with fish head)

Machher matha badhakopi(Cabbage with fish head)
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This is a typical Bengali recipe and Bengali like fish in all forms.The large heads of river fishes like rohu, Katla are preferred.It is healthy as the fish heads are rich in Omega 3 fatty acids and Calcium.

1.Fish heads (1 cut into two pieces from middle lengthwise )
3.All spice powder(Cardamom,Bay leaves,Cloves,Cinnamon,Black pepper)
4.Ginger (1 and 1/2 inch ground)
5.Green Chilly(2 to 3 split )
6.Cumin powder(1/2 tsp)
7.Onion (1 chopped)
8.Turmeric powder(1 tsp)
9.Salt(as per taste)
10.Sugar (as per taste)
11.Potatoes cut into small pieces



1.Shred the cabbage finely
2.Marinate the fish heads with turmeric powder and salt.
3.Shallow fry the fish heads and potatoes in oil till brown in color.
4.Add 2 tbsp of oil in the wok
5.Add onions and fry till golden in color.
6.Add cumin and red chilly powder.
7.Add the Fish heads and fry a little .
8.Then add the cabbage ,cover and cook for 20 minutes till the cabbage is cooked and start leaving the sides of the pan.Stir  and mash the fish heads with the vegetable with a spatula.
9.Add the chilies and all spice powder.
10.Check the salt content.Add little sugar around 1/2 tsp if you like.
11.Serve hot with rice and dal(cooked lentils).


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