Soak the basmati rice in warm water for half an hour. Drain the water and set aside the rice.
Heat oil in a cooking pot and sauté the onions until deep brown in colour for about 15 minutes.Then add the tomatoes, green chilli, and masala powder along with bay leaf. Stir and let it cook covered until the tomato melts in and oil begins to separat
Add the fish and salt into the masala along with 2 cups of water. Let the fish cook on low flame. Once cooked, scoop out the fish along with a little of the masala carefully so as to not break it.
Add about 1 cup of water (or just enough water for the basmati rice to cook) to the gravy along with basmati rice and let it cook covered. Adjust salt at this point
Roast the fish without oil in a pan until the gravy forms a coat over the fish – about 2 minutes on medium flame on both the sides
Serve the rice onto a plate/bowl and layer the fish slices on the top. Add a final garnish of coriander leaves
By Ria Samuel