Spicy Fish Head with Peppers and Mint

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Spicy Fish Head with Peppers and MintThis is a variant of a south India delicacy that's made spicier with red peppers. Normally, fish heads are cooked with whole fish along with different types of gravy or whole spices. This time, it's just the head with a delicious seasoning topped with aromatic herbs. Although I've used mint leaves generously, you can combine it with fresh coriander leaves to give this preparation, a different touch. Do not panic to see the number of red chilies used in this recipe. I've used a simple technique to remove their hotness. If you want you can remove all the seeds from the red peppers. Make sure you use freshwater fish head to make this recipe as it has more taste and quickly absorbs the spices deep within.

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Spicy Fish Head with Peppers and Mint

Peppery and hot fish head

Drool over these extremely spicy and hot fish heads recipe flavored with loads of fresh red chilies and pungent herbs to liven up your hungry taste buds.

Preparation Time: 25 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4

  • 4 fresh water fish heads
  • 10 to 15 red peppers
  • 1 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 4 tsp mustard paste
  • 1 tsp ginger garlic paste
  • 1/2 tsp lime juice
  • 1 tsp roasted cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp poppy seeds powder
  • 2 tsp onion paste
  • 1 tsp tomato puree
  • 5 to 6 tsp cooking oil
  • salt to taste


  1. Soak red peppers in water overnight. This will remove their hotness significantly.
  2. Clean and wash the fish heads thoroughly.
  3. Take a large bowl and add mustard paste, ginger garlic paste, poppy seeds powder, onion paste and tomato puree.
  4. Apply lime juice, roasted cumin seeds and salt to both the inner and outer parts of the fish head.
  5. Apply the mustard paste prepared earlier on the inner side of the fish heads.
  6. Keep it marinated for about 2 to 3 hours in a refrigerator.
  7. Chop the red peppers and if you want you can completely remove the seeds.
  8. Grease a baking plate with oil and place the marinated fish heads on it.
  9. Sprinkle soaked and chopped red peppers over the fish heads.
  10. Bake for about 8 to 9 minutes in a preheated oven at 200 degrees.
  11. Garnish with fresh mint leaves and serve hot with steamed or flavored rice.


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