Chital Macher Jhal (Clown Fish Curry)


  • 4 pieces of chital fish
  • 1 medium potato, cut into wedges
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • 2 dry red chillies
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/3 tsp cumin seeds
  • A pinch of garam masala powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 3 tbsp mustard oil


  1. Clean the fish and dry it with kitchen towel
  2. Marinate the fish with salt and 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  3. Set it aside for 15-20 minutes
  4. In a bowl, add the spice powders .
  5. Add a few spoons of water and make a paste
  6. Heat oil in a pan
  7. Fry the fish and set aside
  8. Fry the potato wedges and sprinkle some salt and turmeric powder
  9. Set aside
  10. In the same oil, add cumin seeds, bay leaf and dry red chillies
  11. Once the seeds crackle, add the masala paste
  12. Sauté for 1 minute and add 1/4 cup of water
  13. Cook till oil releases
  14. Add the potatoes and cook till the potatoes are well coated with the masala
  15. Add 1.5 cups of warm water and salt
  16. Let it come to a boil
  17. Add the fish, lower the heat and cook covered for 7-8 minutes

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