Maacher Patla Jhol (Light Fish Curry with Vegetables)


  • 4 pieces fish
  • 1 ridge gourd, cut in 2” pieces
  • 1 potato, cut in long slices
  • 1 green banana, cut in long slices
  • 3 tbsp mustard oil
  • 1/2 tsp nigella seeds
  • 1 slit green chilli
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 medium tomato, chopped
  • Salt to taste

For the Spice Paste –

  • 2 green chillies
  • 1 tbsp coriander seeds
  • 1/2 tbsp cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tbsp saunf
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper powder
  • 1” ginger
  • 1/2 tsp roasted cumin powder
  • 1/4 tsp garam masala powder

Method –

  1. Smear the fish with salt and turmeric powder and let it marinate for 15 minutes
  2. Heat oil in a pan
  3. Fry the fish lightly and set aside
  4. In the same oil, add nigella seeds and green chilli
  5. Add the vegetables and stir fry them
  6. Add salt and turmeric powder
  7. Cover with a lid and cook on low heat
  8. In the meantime, make a smooth paste with the ingredients given in spice paste
  9. Add tomatoes to the vegetables and cook till tomatoes are soft
  10. Add the masala paste and cook covered
  11. Add required amount of water and let it come to a boil
  12. Add the fish and lower the heat and cook till vegetables are soft
  13. Sprinkle cumin powder and garam masala powder

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