Sunday, July 15, 2012

Ka(n)cha moshlar Macher Jhol (Bong-style fish curry with raw spices)

Whenever I crave for a soul-food....this is the dish that comes to my mind instantly. This is anytime a hit in my family. In fact you will hardly find any Bengali, to whom "Macher Jhol-Bhaat" is not the "Best" food in the world. And the way my mother-in-law cooks it...that is just something out of the world. This is the first dish I learned from her. May be "macher jhol" is nothing new for bengali-kitchen, but her recipe is indeed special. She uses raw spices "ka(n)cha moshla" in gravy. So you get a very flavourful and authentic "macher jhol". This flavour reminds me of those summer holidays to my village ( my father's house in village...where he was born and lived his childhood).



  • Rohu/Katla fish (4 pieces, marinated with salt and turmeric powder)
  • Pointed gourd/patal or cauliflower (cut into halves or large florets...I used patal here)
  • 2 large potato (cut into quarters)
  • 1 large tomato
  • 3-4 cloves garlic 
  • 1 inch ginger (make a fine paste of ginger and garlic)
  • 1 tea spoon green chilli paste
  • Coriander & cumin powder (1/2 tea spoon each)
  • 1/4 tea spoon turmeric powder 
  • 1 tea spoon kalo jeera/kalonji/nigella seeds 
  • Salt to taste
  •  1/4 tea spoon sugar (optional)
  • Mustard oil for cooking 
  • Fry the fish pieces to golden and keep aside.
  • Fry patal/pointed gourd or cauliflower (if using) and keep aside.
  • Boil potato and tomato together.(I used a pressure cooker..boil it until tender..but don't let the potato be mushy)
  • Heat oil in a wok and temper with kalo jeera & slitted green chilli.
  • Add boiled potato and stir for few seconds.

  • Add hot water and boiled and smashed tomato. Let it come to boil.
  • Add ginger-garlic-chilli paste, turmeric-coriander-cumin powder, salt,sugar. And shimmer it for 3 min in low heat.
  • Add fish pieces and patal or cauliflower (whichever you are using) and shimmer for 6-7 minutes with a lid. Keep the heat low.

It tastes heavenly with steaming hot rice. :)


  1. your presentation quality is like glossy coffee table book, very attractive and nicely photographed.

  2. hehehe...thank you for such a nice compliment:)
    Honestly feeling glad you liked it.


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