Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Macher Tok Jhal ~ Hot & Sour Fish

Best part of staying with MIL is getting to know a certain time period and stories associated with that. And obviously that is her childhood. It's because of her, I sometimes can visualize the place and time with it's original color and flavor. Like a time-travel! I like it so much that, very often I insist her recalling some of those "much-listened" stories. And she never gets bored! The other day, while telling such an incident...she was casually telling me about her "mother's cooking" and I got this brilliant recipe. So basically this is my In-law-grandmother's (দিদিশাশুড়ি) recipe. It's an old family recipe. And I am lucky enough to keep it.

Recipe Source: In-law-grandmother
Yield: 6 servings
Ingredients for "Macher Tok Jhal":
  1. Rohu or Katla fish 6 large and thick pieces
  2. Mustard  paste 3 tablespoon
  3. Cumin paste 1 tablespoon (cumin powder can be used as substitute)
  4. Tamarind water 4 tablespoon
  5. Dry red chilli 3-4
  6. Turmeric powder 1 tea spoon
  7. Salt & sugar as required
  8. Mustard oil for cooking

How to prepare "Macher Tok Jhal":
  • Wash fish properly and drain. Rub them with some salt and turmeric powder. Keep aside for 15 minutes.
  • Heat a frying pan with mustard oil and fry them golden in colour. Take them out.
  • Take out any excess oil from the pan leaving 3 tablespoons into it. Add dry red chillies (don't forget to break them into halves while adding).
  • Now mix mustard paste with tamarind water and half cup of plain water. Add this to oil. 
  • Mix in with quarter tea spoon turmeric powder and little salt. Let it start shimmering. 
  • Add in fried fish pieces. Adjust salt and sugar. The taste should be spicy and tangy with a balanced amount of sweetness. Add a tablespoon of raw mustard oil.
  • Shimmer covered over low flame for 3-4 minutes flipping the fish pieces once in between.
  • Give little standing time.
  • Best served with steaming hot rice.
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  1. I have always loved this but never really tried to make this at home!! Thanks for this awesome recipe - will be trying it out! :)
    Ami @

    1. Thank you dear... Will be waiting for feedback... And will visit your blog :)

  2. it is so yummy... I will try it..

    Please visit:

    1. Thanks Krishna... Would love to get feedback... And surely I will visit

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    1. Thank you so much Sayantani... Kemon laglo bolo please :)


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