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Tel Koi (Climbing Perch Fish Curry - Bengali Style)

Bethica Das
10 minutes
Prep Time
15 minutes
Cook Time
2 People
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ABOUT Tel Koi (Climbing Perch Fish Curry - Bengali Style) RECIPE

This is a very popular Bengali fish curry of Koi Maach / Climbing Perch Fish which is cooked in a simple thin gravy. It is traditional cooked in mustard oil for an authentic flavour with minimum of spices. It is best relished with plain steamed rice and with a dash of lime.

Recipe Tags

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

Ingredients Serving: 2

  1. 2 koi fish, cleaned
  2. 1/2 tsp. turmeric powder
  3. salt to taste
  4. 3 tbsp. mustard oil
  5. 1 tsp. panch phoron (equal quantities of fennel, fenugreek, mustard, cumin & nigella seeds)
  6. 1 tsp. ginger paste
  7. 1 tsp. roasted cumin powder
  8. 2 green chilies, slit
  9. 1 tbsp. coriander leaves
  10. 1 tsp. ra mustard oil


  1. Mix together ginger paste, cumin powder and turmeric powder along with some water to form a paste. Keep aside.
  2. Marinate the fish with a pinch of salt and turmeric powder for 5-10 minutes. Heat oil in a pan and fry the fish till golden in colour on both sides. Drain and keep aside.
  3. Temper the same oil with panch phoron. Saute for a few seconds and then add the masala paste. Fry till the oil separates and then add 1 cup water.
  4. Bring it to a boil. Add the salt, green chilies and the fried fish. Simmer on a medium flame for 2-3 minutes.
  5. When done, switch off the flame and add the mustard oil. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve on a bed of plain steamed rice.

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Hema Mallik
Hema Mallik   Apr-09-2018

Thanks for sharing this recipe.

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