Pabda Maacher Jhol (Catfish Curry)


  • 5 pieces Pabda fish
  • 1 brinjal, cut into large pieces
  • 1/2 tsp nigella seeds
  • 1 small tomato, chopped
  • 3-4 green chillies
  • 1 tsp finely chopped ginger
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/4 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1/4 tsp cumin powder
  • 1/4 tsp coriander powder
  • 2-3 tbsp mustard oil
  • Salt to taste
  • Chopped coriander leaves

Method –

  1. Clean the fish properly
  2. Smear the fish and brinjal with salt and a bit of turmeric powder
  3. Heat mustard oil till smoking
  4. Fry the fish lightly and set aside
  5. Fry the brinjal pieces and set aside
  6. In the same oil or add 1 tbsp if required, add the nigella seeds
  7. Then add 1 sliced green chilli and ginger
  8. Sauté for 30 seconds
  9. Add the chopped tomato and cook till soft
  10. Add the masala paste (water, turmeric powder, red chilli powder, cumin powder and coriander powder)
  11. Cook till the oil separates
  12. Add 1.5 cups of water
  13. Add the fish and brinjal and cook for 5-7 minutes on low heat
  14. Add the remaining chillies
  15. Add chopped coriander leaves and 1/2 tsp raw mustard oil

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