By : Priya Syam
Fish-8/10 pieces
(preferably king fish cut in to pieces)
Basmati Rice – 2 cups
Cinnamon (Karuva patta)- 1inch piece
Cloves (Grambu)- 6
Cardamom (Elakka)-4
Bay leaves (Karuva Ila) – 2
Onions – 3(chopped)
Tomatoes – 2(chopped)
Ginger/Gralic paste– 2tbsp
Green Chillies – 5(chopped)
Fennel seeds (Perumjeerakam)- 1/2 tsp
Cashewnuts – 10
Raisins– 2 tbsp
Coriander powder –3 tsp
Kashmiri Chilly powder-1tsp
Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp
Yogurt – 1/4 cup
Garam Masala - 1 tsp
Cilantro - few (chopped)
Mint leaves -few (chopped)
Salt – to taste
Oil/ghee – as needed

For the marination :
Kasmiri Chilly powder – 1 tsp
Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
Pepper powder –1/2 tsp
Salt –to taste

Make a smooth paste of ingredients &marinade it on the fish pieces for 30 minutes.Heat little ghee in a pan and lightly fry the rice ,cinnamon, cloves, cardamom and bay leaves for few minutes.Then add 3 and 3/4 cup of water,salt and allow it to cook on a medium heat.When it is cooked well,spread it on a flat surface.Heat ghee in a big pan and fry the cashewnuts and raisins,remove it and keep it aside.Now add the marinated fish pieces and fry it until they turn brown and crispy.keep it aside.In the same pan fry the chopped onion until translucent,then add ginger,garlic and green chillies and saute it for 5-6 minutes.Add
coriander powder,turmeric powder, kashmiri chilly powder and fry for a while.Mix in yogurt and saute it until oil seperates.Add garam masala powder and salt,fennel seeds stir and add chopped tomatoes.Cook until tomatoes turn soft,and add fried fish pieces.mix well and cook for 20minutes in low heat,stirring in between.Finally add chopped coriander and mint leaves and remove from heat.In a big pan spread half of the fish masala.Now add a layer of the rice.Again make a second layer
with fish masala,and then rice.Top it with the fried cashews and raisins.Cover it with aluminium foil &cook for 5m in low heat .switch of the stove.serve hot with salad n achar...

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