Pabda Maacher Jhol (Pabda Fish in a Spicy Tomato Gravy)


  • 8 pieces Pabda fish, cleaned and smeared with a little salt and turmeric powder and set aside for 15 minutes
  • 2 small tomatoes
  • 3 green chillies
  • 2 tsp cumin powder
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic
  • 1/2 tsp nigella seeds
  • 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • Salt to taste
  • Chopped coriander leaves for garnish
  • 3 tbsp mustard oil

Method –

  1. In a blender, add tomatoes , 2 green chillies, garlic, cumin powder and a little water and blend to a fine paste. Keep aside
  2. Heat oil in a pan and fry the fish lightly. Set aside
  3. In the same oil, add nigella seeds and green chilli
  4. Sauté for 30 seconds and add the ground paste
  5. Add turmeric powder and red chilli powder
  6. Cook on medium heat till oil separates
  7. Add 1 cup of lukewarm water and salt to taste
  8. Onice it boils, add the fish, lower the heat and cook covered for 5-7 minutes
  9. Switch off the flame and sprinkle coriander leaves

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