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Maccher kalia

Mukulika Sengupta
10 minutes
Prep Time
30 minutes
Cook Time
4 People
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ABOUT Maccher kalia RECIPE

Maacher kalia is a typical Bengali dish. This fish curry is absolutely apt for hot summer days. The onion based gravy is light and aromatic. The fish curry tastes best with hot steaming rice.

Recipe Tags

  • Non-veg
  • Medium
  • Everyday
  • West Bengal
  • Main Dish
  • Healthy

Ingredients Serving: 4

  1. 500 gm fish, cut into large pieces
  2. 2 onions, pureed
  3. 2 tomatoes, pureed
  4. 2 potatoes, cut lengthwise
  5. 1 TBSP garlic PASTE
  6. 1 tbsp ginger paste
  7. 1 tsp kalonji
  8. 1 tsp chicken masala
  9. 1 tsp coriander powder
  10. 1 tsp turmeric powder
  11. 1 tsp red chilli powder
  12. 3 green chillies, slit
  13. salt to taste
  14. ¼ tsp green cardamom powder
  15. ½ cup chopped coriander leaves
  16. ¼ tsp cinnamon powder
  17. Salt and turmeric for the fish


  1. Apply salt and turmeric to the fish and keep aside for half an hour.
  2. Heat some mustard oil. Fry the fish pieces. Drain and keep aside.
  3. Add the kalonji and slit green chillies in the same oil. Add the potato pieces. Fry till the potatoes start becoming golden brown. Add the ginger and garlic paste. Sauté.
  4. Add the onion puree. Fry till the mixture becomes dry. Add the tomato puree. Fry some more.
  5. Add the chicken masala (or 1 tsp cumin powder if you don’t have chicken masala), coriander powder, salt, turmeric and red chili powder. Sauté till oil starts leaving the sides.
  6. Add 1 ½ cups of water and bring to a boil. Now add the fish pieces and lower the flame. Cover and cook for 10 minutes.
  7. The gravy will thicken a bit. Add the cinnamon and green cardamom powders and mix. Serve garnished with chopped coriander leaves.

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Divyanshu Das
Divyanshu Das   Apr-27-2017

lovely dish

Tripti Bhatia
Tripti Bhatia   Feb-16-2017

very interesting dish

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