How to make Fish Head Curry - SK Khazana -

A traditional dish from Orissa – fish heads cooked with rice and some masalas

Sanjeev Kapoor

This is a Sanjeev Kapoor exclusive recipe.

Main Ingredients : Rohu fish heads, Mustard oil (सरसों का तेल)

Cuisine : Orissa

Course : Main Course Seafood

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Fish Head Curry - SK Khazana

Fish Head Curry - SK Khazana Recipe Card


The cuisine of Orissa is as simple as its inhabitants. The food pattern is almost similar to that of its neighbouring states of Bihar and West Bengal due to their proximity and similar geographical conditions.
However ask any Oriya about the most delicious dish of the state and he will keep mum. It is because there is such a plethora to choose from. There are a number of rituals and celebrations when delicacies are prepared from the freshly harvested paddy. It begins as soon as the rains stop with Nuakhai celebrations when several types of cakes are prepared and are shared with friends and relatives.

Prep Time : 11-15 minutes

Cook time : 26-30 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Spicy

Ingredients for Fish Head Curry - SK Khazana Recipe

  • Rohu fish heads 4

  • Mustard oil 4 tablespoons

  • Turmeric powder 1 teaspoon

  • Green chillies slit 1-2

  • Bay leaves 2

  • Onion finely chopped 1 medium

  • Cumin paste 1 tablespoon

  • Ginger paste 1 tablespoon

  • Garlic paste 1/2 tablespoon

  • Red chilli powder 1 tablespoon

  • Ambe mohor rice soaked for 10-15 minutes 1/2 cup

  • Garam masala powder 1 teaspoon


Step 1

Heat 3 tbsps oil in non-stick kadai till it starts smoking. Meanwhile, take fish heads in a bowl and add salt and ½ tsp turmeric powder, mix well.

Step 2

Add the fish heads to the hot oil and shallow-fry, turning sides, till golden brown on both sides.. Drain on absorbent paper.

Step 3

Carefully transfer the oil remaining in the kadai into a pressure cooker and add remaining oil and heat till it begins to smoke.

Step 4

Add green chillies, bay leaves and onion, mix and sauté till onion turns light golden brown.

Step 5

Add cumin paste, mix and sauté for 1-2 minutes. Add ginger paste and garlic paste and mix well. Add remaining turmeric powder and red chilli powder and mix well.

Step 6

Reduce the heat and add drained rice and mix well. Add fish heads and mix well.

Step 7

Add 1½ cups water and garam masala powder. Mix and cover the pressure cooker and cook for 5-10 minutes or till 2 whistles are released. Allow the pressure to be released completely.

Step 8

Transfer into a serving bowl and serve hot.

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