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Macher jhaal

Debashri Chatterji
20 minutes
Prep Time
30 minutes
Cook Time
2 People
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ABOUT Macher jhaal RECIPE

Rohu fish cooked in mustard and poppy seed gravy

Recipe Tags

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

Ingredients Serving: 2

  1. 250 GM Rohu fish fillet
  2. For gravy
  3. 1 small tomato paste
  4. 1 tbsp black mustard seed
  5. 1/2 tbsp yellow mustard seed
  6. 1 tbsp poppy seeds
  7. 2 to 3 green chillies
  8. 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  9. 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
  10. Salt to taste
  11. For tempering
  12. 1 tsp nigella seeds
  13. 2 green chillies
  14. For marinating fish
  15. 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  16. 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
  17. A pinch salt
  18. Mustard oil for cooking.


  1. Wash the fish fillet. Apply turmeric red chilli powder and salt. Keep aside for 15 min.
  2. In a bowl take black and yellow mustard seed, green chillies, poppy seed, turmeric, red chilli powder and salt together. Add 1/2 cup hot water into it. Keep for 30 min. Then make a fine paste of it.
  3. Heat mustard oil in a pan. When smokey. Reduce the heat and add fish. Fry till golden. Keep aside.
  4. Reduce the oil. Add nigella seeds and green chilli. Add tomato paste. Cook till oil separate. Now add the mustard paste. Cook for a minute or two. Add 1/2 cup hot water. And let it boil.
  5. Add fried fish into the curry. Cook for 5 minutes. Serve. Hot with steamed rice.

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