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Machcher Jhol Recipe

Machcher Jhol
How to make Machcher Jhol

About Machcher Jhol Recipe: A household staple in every Bengali home, fish curry made in mustard oil.

  • Total Cook Time 45 mins
  • Prep Time 15 mins
  • Cook Time 30 mins
  • Recipe Servings4
  • Medium

Ingredients of Machcher Jhol

  • 500 gms fish (your choice) - cut into 2 1/2 cm/1" thick slices, diagonally
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp salt or to taste
  • Grind together:
  • 1 1/2 cup onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp garlic , chopped
  • 2 tsp ginger, chopped
  • 2-3 dried red chillies
  • 1 tsp salt or to taste
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • To proceed:
  • 1/2 cup mustard oil
  • 1 tsp onion seeds
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon (broken in small pieces)
  • 4 Cloves
  • 4 Green cardamoms
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 2 Green chillies (slit lengthwise)
  • 3 cups water
  • for garnishing coriander leaves

How to Make Machcher Jhol

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Wash the fish and apply the 1/2 tsp salt and 1 tsp turmeric over all the pieces.
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.
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.
Sautée till fat separates, then add the green chillies and stir fry a few times.
Add the water and bring to a boil and then simmer for about 15 minutes, uncovered.
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.
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