How to Make Machcher Jhol
1.Wash the fish and apply the 1/2 tsp salt and 1 tsp turmeric over all the pieces.
2.Heat the oil in a heavy based saucepan, and fry fish slices in it, first on one side, then the other, over high heat, till a golden colour.
3.Lift the fish out of the oil, and keep aside. In the same oil, add the onion seeds, cinnamon, cloves, cardamom and bay leaf, stir fry 2-3 times, and add the ground paste.
4.Sautée till fat separates, then add the green chillies and stir fry a few times.
5.Add the water and bring to a boil and then simmer for about 15 minutes, uncovered.
6.Add the fish just before serving, bring to a boil (by which time the fish should be cooked through, otherwise simmer till done), and serve hot garnished with the coriander leaves.