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Macher Kalia

Titir Pande
15 minutes
Prep Time
20 minutes
Cook Time
5 People
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Fish kalia is a famous bengali dish which is rich in aroma and spices.

Recipe Tags

  • Non-veg
  • Easy
  • Everyday
  • West Bengal
  • Shallow fry
  • Basic recipe

Ingredients Serving: 5

  1. Rohu fish/Katla fish (Any portion) -5
  2. salt to taste
  3. turmeric Powder- 1/2 tsp
  4. mustard oil- 2 tbsp
  5. 2 medium sized onion finely chopped
  6. 3 medium size tomato grated
  7. Ginger-garlic paste - 2 tbspn
  8. cumin powder - 1.5 tbspn
  9. coriander powder - 2 tbspn
  10. Kasoori methi crushed by hand
  11. Red chilli powder as per your requirement
  12. Garam masala powder
  13. water
  14. coriander leaves for garnish


  1. Marinate the fish with salt and turmeric and keep aside for 10 minutes.
  2. In a pan, heat mustard oil and shallow fry the fish pieces till it turns brown.
  3. Remove the fish from pan and set aside.
  4. In the same pan, add little more oil and add the chopped onion.
  5. When the onions become a little sweaty add the ginger garluc paste. Mix well till the onion becomes golden.
  6. Now add the grated tomatoes, salt, turmeric powder, cumin powder, coriander powder, red chilli powder, crushed kasoori methi and mix well
  7. When the mixture starts releasing oil, sprinkle some water and stir.
  8. When the oil starts separating add water. When the water starts boiling add half tbspn garam masala powder and the fish pieces.
  9. Do not stir too much or else the fish pieces can break. When required consistency of the gravy is attended, remove the pan from flame.
  10. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and green chilli juliennes.
  11. Best to eat with rice.

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Anushree Ghosh
Anushree Ghosh   May-10-2016

Such a delicacy. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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