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Pomfret Macher Jhal (Bengali Style Fish Curry)

Bethica Das
10 minutes
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
2 People
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ABOUT Pomfret Macher Jhal (Bengali Style Fish Curry) RECIPE

My most favorite winter special lunch is and will always be fish curry and rice. So enjoy this Bengali homemade style simple and yummy Pomfret fish curry It is cooked with minimum of spices and is a quick recipe. It just has red chili powder and turmeric powder as the base of the gravy. It's that simple with minimum effort but with maximum flavour. It hardly takes any time to dish out this traditional Bengali delicacy. It does not have too much gravy and is on the dry side. It is best relished with only and only plain steamed rice.

Recipe Tags

  • Non-veg
  • Easy
  • Everyday
  • West Bengal
  • Main Dish

Ingredients Serving: 2

  1. 1 pomfret fish, cut into 3 pieces
  2. 3 tbsp. mustard oil
  3. 1/2 tsp. nigella seeds
  4. 2 green chilies, slit
  5. 1 tbsp. red chili powder
  6. 1/2 tsp. turmeric powder
  7. salt to taste
  8. 1 tsp. coriander leaves, chopped


  1. Marinate the fish with a pinch of turmeric powder and red chili powder for 10 minutes. Mix the remaining turmeric powder and red chili powder in 1/2 cup water and keep aside.
  2. Heat 2 tbsp. oil in a pan and fry the fish on both sides till light brown in colour. Drain and keep aside.
  3. Temper the same oil with nigella seeds and green chilies. Saute for a few seconds. Add the paste and salt to taste.
  4. Bring it to a boil and gently drop in the fried fish. Cover and simmer on a low flame till the gravy reduces and the oil separates.
  5. Drizzle the remaining mustard oil and switch off the flame. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve with plain steamed rice.

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