About Machcher Jhol Recipe: A household staple in every Bengali home, fish curry made in mustard oil.
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
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
1/2 cup mustard oil
1 tsp onion seeds
1/4 tsp cinnamon (broken in small pieces)
4 Green cardamoms
1 Bay leaf
2 Green chillies (slit lengthwise)
3 cups water
for garnishing coriander leaves
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.
Key Ingredients: fish (your choice) - cut into 2 1/2 cm/1" thick slices, diagonally, turmeric, salt or to taste, onion, garlic , ginger, dried red chillies, salt or to taste, turmeric, mustard oil, onion seeds, cinnamon (broken in small pieces), Cloves, Green cardamoms, Bay leaf, Green chillies (slit lengthwise), water, coriander leaves