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Ilish Maacher Jhaal (Traditional Bengali Fish Curry)

Ilish Maacher Jhaal (Traditional Bengali Fish Curry)

Cooking Time

Preparation Time : 10

Cook Time : 10

Total Time : 20


Serves 3

  • Hilsa Fish, Cleaned 3 piece

  • mustard oil to fry the fish 2 tbsp

  • kalonji (nigella seeds) 1/2 tsp

  • salt or to taste 1/2 tsp

  • turmeric powder 1/2 tsp

  • red chili powder 1 tsp

  • green chilies, slit 2-3 nos

  • raw mustard oil 1 tsp

  • coriander leaves, chopped 1 tsp


  • 01

    Marinate the fish pieces with a pinch of salt and turmeric powder for 10 minutes. Make a paste with the turmeric powder, red chili powder and 1/2 cup water. Keep aside.

  • 02

    Heat 2 tbsp. oil and fry the fish pieces slightly on both sides. Drain and keep aside. Temper the same oil with kalonji. Saute for a few seconds. Add the paste and salt. Bring it to a boil.

  • 03

    Add the fried fish pieces and green chilies. Simmer on a medium flame for 2 minutes. Add the raw mustard oil and switch off the flame. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve with plain steamed rice.



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