Machli kay Sir ka Saalan and a Winner

The first time I had tasted this fish head curry was at my aunts house. She had prepared this curry along with rice and other accompaniments and served it at lunch. I was staying at her house for my studies during that time. Fish head curry sounded very gross to me and I was initially hesitant to even taste it. But my aunt was truly enjoying it and looking at her enjoy, I was eventually tempted. I tried and it was very good. Since then I am a fan. Hubby dear on the other side is not a big fan of fish in any form, so fish makes a rare appearance on our table. Whenever I fancy fish, I ask the fish monger at stores in Toronto that sell live fish, to give me a whole tiny little cleaned fish along with its head. I fry/grill or a make a saalan with the steaks, and a separate curry using the head. Enough for me.

Machli kay Sir ka Saalan – Fish Head Curry

One of the easiest curry preparations using fish, and full of nutrition. You will definitely enjoy it. My mother and aunt make this curry using the head of a Rohu fish, which is the most commonly eaten and most delicious fish ever that is available in South India, however you can use any fish head. I have prepared this curry using Salmon fish head and Rainbow Trout fish head. You can even use King fish head or Snapper head, etc.  If you are making this curry for more than one person, please go ahead and buy 2-3 fish heads, and increase the amounts of other ingredients accordingly. Just let go of your inhibitions and do try this curry atleast once.

Machli kay Sir ka Saalan – Fish Head Curry


1 Fish Head – cleaned (I discard the eyes and skin)
Onion – 1 medium sized, finely diced
Red chilli powder – 1 tsp
Salt – to taste
Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
Canola oil – 2 tsp


In a pressure cooker at medium heat, add the finely diced onion, oil, red chilli powder, salt and turmeric powder. Pour in about a cup of water. Mix well. Close the lid and pressure cook for 10 minutes until the onion is very soft. Remove the lid and cook while stirring occasionally until most of the water dries up and it resembles a paste and oils starts to leave. Add the cleaned fish heads and a few drops of water. Stir to mix, then cover with a lid and lower the heat to simmer. Let it cook for 5-10 minutes. Then remove the lid and cook for a further 2-5 minutes. Add chopped cilantro and serve immediately.


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13 Responses to “Machli kay Sir ka Saalan and a Winner”

  1. I am sure this curry would be good using fish fillets too.
    Looks yummy! yup yup.

  2. I love fish head.Infact,thats the only part I eat of the fish.Looks yummy!

  3. Wow rohi fish is my favorite. One of our traditional fish curries of all times. I love the touch of warmth in this dish, very comforting

  4. Omg, mouthwatering here…

  5. I’ll have to keep this curry in mind for next time my brother goes fishing.

    I e-mailed you through your contact form.

  6. Looks yummy….ANd I like fish heads… But wanna know which fishes r gud in taste…I stay in Arizona,US

  7. Love how simple the recipe for this salan is!

  8. Bohat hi zaiqedaar saalan.

  9. Hi Mona, thanks for visiting my space and leaving your wonderful comments. You have a very lovely space dear.

  10. Picture luks so crisp…lovely creation…I love fish in all forms, this is such a delicacy…can’t wait to try.

  11. Looks so good and absolutely simple to make.

  12. Nice picture. Looks so good.

  13. Your picture is so mouthwatering mA 🙂

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