Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Fish Majboos / Kabsa

It was ma long term wish to cook majboos. Finally I fulfilled it on Easter. This was the main course menu of the day. 
How was your  Easter celebration? Ma Easter celebration was really big.Dint I tell you earlier that am going to ma home for the holidays and its really gonna be big? It was ma first Easter after ma wedding and more over all ma cousins joined up. The big ones of our home planned to hand over the kitchen keys to the children. I am talking about the grown up kids :-p 4 big gals... one being me :-p. We happily accepted thinking that, thought, would give a break time for chit chat to all MAMMAS.  Am the eldest among the 4 and the only Married so, u can imagine the responsibility of mine... I had  already got the clue from Ma Mom about it and I planned up a big list of Easter menu. Finally ma Mom and ma aunt joined the crew and ma cousins and ma sisy who were supposed to be ma helpers happily moved to the back stage performance in kitchen.

Moreover, two big gals from the for mentioned 4 gals, had a great b'day celebration.  Ma cousin, Sharon and also ma sis, Mitu whose b'day was on Good Friday celebrated together. They had a real treat.

Anyways, Easter menu was awsome. We had palappam and beef stew for break fast and with a rich lunch including Fish Majboos, Beef fry and Mango Sago pudding. Don't drool... I shall post the recipe of all the dishes very soon.

Enjoy the majboos, an Arabian menu :-)


  1. Fish : 1/2 kg
  2. Basmati Rice / Kaima Rice- 1 cup
  3. Dried Black Lemon-1
  4. Water : ¼ cup +  1.5 Cup
  5. Lemon juice : 1 tsp
For Marination:

  1. Pepper powder : 1.5 tsp
  2. Turmeric powder : ½ tsp
  3. Chilli powder : 1 tsp
  4. Lemon juice : 1 lemon
  5. Oil : 4 tsp
  6. Salt : To taste
For Masala:

  1. Water 2 cups 
  2. Onion : 1, sliced
  3. Tomato : 1 large
  4. Ginger Garlic Chilli paste : 1 tsp
  5. Green Chilli : 2
  6. Coriander leaves : 3 tbsp
  7. Coriander powder : 1/2 tsp
  8. Cumin seed : 1/4 tsp
  9. Garam masala-1/2 tsp
  10. Coconut 1 tbsp
  11. Bay leaves : 2
  12. Nutmeg leaves : 2
  13. Ghee : 3 tbsp

  1. Soak dried slitted lemon in 1/4 cup of water . 
  2. Marinate fish with  garam masala, turmeric powder , salt , lemon juice, chilli powder, pepper powder and Oil. Shallow fry the fish. 
  3. In a heavy bottom vessel. Pour ghee. Saute onions till it turns traslucent. Add ginger-garlic-green chilli paste & saute for 3 minutes.
  4.  Add tomato puree and stir well till the oil clears.
  5. Add garam masala & saute again till masala leaves the sides of the pan. It takes around 2 minutes.
  6. Grind the coconut along with Cumin seeds,coriander powder & green chillies. Stir well.
  7.  Add coriander leaves.
  8. Boil the water with bay leaves nutmeg leaves. (It gives good flavour to the rice).
  9. Pour half of the water. Let it boil. Simmer the stove and add fried fishes to the masala. Let it be in the masala for 5 minutes. This gives the flavour of fish to the rice.
  10. Take the fishes from masala and roast it again in the non stick pan without any oil. Keep the fishes aside.
  11. Add rice and mix well. 
  12. Add remaining boiled water. 
  13. Discard the soaked lemon and pour the water. 
  14. Let it boil for some more time till the water reaches the level of rice.
  15. Add lemon juice and ghee if required.
  16. Cover and cook till rice is done.
  17. Serve rice with the pieces of fried fish on the top.
Ritu J. Rose

Recipe Source : Kachuss Delight.
NB. I have modified it as per my taste. You can check out the original recipe here.


  1. Belated Happy Easter to you. Looks like you have a great celebration with yummy dishes. The Fish majboos look delicious
    ~Shema | LifeScoops

    1. Thank you :-)Belated Easter wishes to you too.


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