Wash the rice under running water and soak it in some water for 30mins
- 450 ml water
- ¼ tsp saffron
- 4 tsp sugar
- 1 Mace(Javitri)
Prep the Saffron Syrup.. Dry Roast the saffron strands, and grind it to a fine powder with the sugar. Add 4-5tsp hot water in it, also add the rose water and the milk. Let it rest now till the color turns like in the picture
- 1½ tsp salt
- 1 tsp ghee
- Refined Vegetable Oil
Heat the Ghee in the utensil, and fry chopped almonds and cashews till they turn Golden. Take them out and keep aside
- 200 g Long Grain Rice(Basmati Rice)
- 2 tbsp ghee
- ½ tsp Cardamom Powder
- 12 cashews
In the same Ghee, add cardamom powder, 1/2inch cinnamon stick and a mace and fry for 20 secs. Once it turns aromatic, drain the soaked rice, and add it to the saucepan.
Keep frying the rice on medium-low flame till the rice starts to make scratchy sound on the saucepan(it turns pale white).. Meanwhile start boiling the 400ml water in a separate pan or kettle(Rice to water ratio is always 1:2)
Turn the flame to high for the rice, and add the boiling water, and salt.. Cook on high flame, uncovered till there are bubbles on the surface of the rice, as shown.. At this point turn the flame to low and cover it
After 10-15 mins, the rice will double in volume and also be cooked and dry. At this point, add the saffron syrup and the fried Nuts(mentioned in the above steps)
Turn off the flame.. But do not try to mix the rice at this point. It is tender and will break. Let it cool down for 20 - 25 mins.. And then mix everything well..
Now, while the rice is on summer, lets prep the fish
- ½ tsp Rose Petals
- 2 tsp milk
- 200 g Bhetki Fish Fillet
Marinate the fish with Salt and lime juice
While the fish is being marinated, lets prep the Masala(wet spice mix for coating)..
- 1 tsp lime juice
- 1 tbsp Hung Curd
- 2 tsp Besan or Bengal Gram Flour
- 2 tsp Biriyani Masala
- 1½ tsp Coriander Powder
- ½ tsp Black Pepper Powder
- 1 onion(Medium)
- 4 Garlic Cloves (Large)
- ½ tsp Kewra Water
- 4 Kashmiri Red Chillies(Deseeded)
Dry Roast the Kashmiri Red Chillies and Curry Leaves. Put it in a blender jar with the above mentioned spices, curd, onion and garlic and make a smooth paste.
Now, massage the fish with this Masala and let it sit for 15 mins.
In a frying pan, or grilled pan, add oil, and heat it well. Add the fish pieces and cook on medium flame for 5mins on each side, till the fish is cooked and charred
Now lets Plate.. In your serving plate, add the rice, sprinkle some rose petals, and place the charred fish pieces on it
Tadaaaaaa.... Serve hot with some green salad or Onion salad on side