Muri Ghonto is one of the signature dishes of Bengali Cuisine. We cook it with Rice and Fishhead (mostly Rehu Fish/ Rui Mach or Katla fish). Muri stands for Head. We mostly savor it with plain rice. Ghonto is a mushy-sidedish. Both Niramis aka veg Ghonto as well as Aamish aka Non-veg ghonto are popular. Muri Ghonto needless to say is a non-veg ghonto. This end product is actually a great amalgamation of fish head, rice, and potato chunks. We call this Muro Ghonto as well.
A Bengali side dish prepared with rice!
Bengalis are known for their preference for eating Rice. However, we not only use rice to cook main dishes or desserts. We cook side dishes with rice as well. Muri Ghonto is one such dish prepared with rice and is a side dish but not a main. I personally find the way rice is used in making Muri Ghonto really interesting.
My Muro Ghonto memories!
I remember having Muri Ghonto in marriages (mostly as part of lunch). Back in the 90s Rannar thakur used to cook for the feast. The family members were responsible for shopping. The heads of the fishes procured for the main marriage feast used be utilized either in the form of Muri Ghonto, or Chanchra, or Macher Matha diye Daal. I don't much of this now as part of the "biye barir sokaler khabar".
We mostly buy whole fish in Gurgaon and as a result available with the fish head every time and I ended with preparing with the “Macher Matha Diye Moong Daal” or Moong Daal with the Fish Heads. I do not cook Muri Ghonto regularly at home. Though rich but Muri Ghonto tastes heavenly.
This Muri Ghonto post was in draft for more than a month. I somehow forgot to post it! Today, I was checking my picture folder for a suitable picture for a food photography course that I am doing presently and found a folder full of pictures of “Muri Ghonto”. Needless to say, I decided to up the post today on Debjanir Rannahar!
Check the recipe card for measurements
- Fish Head
- Gobindobhog Rice
- Ginger Paste
- Garlic Paste
- Bay leaf
- Tsp. Cumin Seed
- Dry Red Chili
- Turmeric Powder
- Bengali Garam Masala Powder
- Cumin Powder/ Jeera Powder
- Red Chili powder
- Mustard Oil
I have used the head of a 2.5 kg Katla fish for this recipe. Do wash the head properly before marinating with Turmeric powder, salt, and red chili powder.
Gobindobhog Rice is a must for this recipe. Do wash and soak the rice for 15 minutes before adding it to the curry
Here, you can see the portion of the fish head is properly coated with the spices
Fry the fish head in mustard oil
You must cut potatoes into cubes. Marinate with a little salt, turmeric powder, and red chili powder
Fry potatoes in the oil remaining in the pan till those are ⅓ done
temper the Oil with Dry Red Chilies, Bay leaves, and Cumin seeds
Add chopped onions and fry
Now add chopped tomatoes, ginger paste, and also garlic paste and cook
Add spice powders (see Recipe card) and cook
Now add rice and fry
The rice must turn translucent after frying
Add potatoes and cook till both potatoes and rice are well-cooked but not soggy.
Adjust spices if needed; add some sugar
Bread fried fish head and add. Mix and cook properly. Once done add Ghee and Bengali Garam Masala and switch the flame off.
- Rice - If Gobindobhog rice is not available, use any short grain flavored Rice. You can use Basmati rice as well.
- Fish head - I have used the head of Katla. If not available, use the head of any big fish.
Here's how I make Muri Ghonto at Debjanir Rannaghar!Print
- 1 Fish Head (I have used the head of a 2.5 kg Katla Fish)
- 50g Gobindobhog Rice (Basmati Rice can also be used)
- 3 Potato (Medium Size)
- 2 Onion
- 1 Tomato
- 1 Tsp. Ginger Paste
- 2 Tsp. Garlic Paste
- 2 Bay leaf
- ½ Tsp. Cumin Seed
- 2 Dry Red Chili
- 1 Tsp. Turmeric Powder
- 1 Tsp. Bengali Garam Masala Powder
- 1 Tsp. Cumin Powder/ Jeera Powder
- 1 Tsp. Red Chili powder
- 1 Tbsp. Sugar
- 6 Tbsp. Mustard Oil
- 1 Tsp. Ghee
- 1 Tsp. Salt or To taste
- Wash the Fish head thoroughly and cut it into two halves and rub some turmeric powder and salt to the fish head and keep the pieces aside.
- Wash Rice properly and keep that aside too.
- Cut Potatoes into small cubes; Chop Onion finely and make a puree of Tomato.
- Take Oil in a Deep Pan (preferably a non-stick Pan) and fry the fish head from both sides in medium flame for around 5-7 minutes till the fish head turns brownish in color.
- There shouldn't be any odor of uncooked fish in the head.
- Strain the fish heads from the oil and keep them aside for further use.
- In the same oil fry potatoes in medium flame, till they turn golden in color in at least ⅓rd cooked remove them from the oil.
- Now temper the Oil with Dry Red Chilies, Bay leaves, and Cumin seeds, and add chopped onions.
- Cook for around 5-7 minutes on medium flame or till the onions turn golden brown in color.
- Now add Ginger-Garlic Paste and Tomato as well.
- Cook until the aroma of uncooked tomatoes goes out completely on medium flame. Add rice to the mixture and cook on a medium flame for about 5 minutes. You can add little water if required.
- Add Turmeric Powder, Cumin Powder, Red Chilli powder, Sugar, and also Salt
- Cook till the oil comes out from the mixture and the rice turns a bit transparent in color.
- Break the fried Fish head into small pieces and add those to the pan along with the fried potatoes.
- Add 2 Cups of Water and cover the pan with a lid and cook for around 15 minutes on low flame or till rice and potatoes are cooked completely.
- Add Bengali Garam Masala Powder and Ghee to the Muri Ghonto.
- Mix properly and then switch the flame off when the Water content is reduced to ⅕th.
- Switch the flame off and serve it hot with steamed rice.
- Prep Time: 15 mins
- Cook Time: 30 mins
- Category: Side Dish
- Method: Cooking
- Cuisine: Bengali
- Serving Size: 75g
- Calories: 448
- Sugar: 7.6g
- Sodium: 722mg
- Fat: 25.7g
- Saturated Fat: 3.9g
- Carbohydrates: 49.4g
- Fiber: 5.6g
- Protein: 8.1g
- Cholesterol: 10mg
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