Machhere Jhol (Bengali Fish Curry)

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  • Published Apr 1st
  • Ready In30m
  • Servings4
  • Calories367
A delicate Bengali fish curry. In India, the best parts of a fish are often reserved as a fillet and served grilled, broiled, or cooked alongside a fish stew or curry containing the less attractive portions of fish. The contrasting texture combination is worth trying at your dinner table.

Machhere Jhol (Bengali Fish Curry) Ingredients

The following are the ingredients needed to make delicious Machhere Jhol (Bengali Fish Curry) for 4 servings:

  • 2 large tomatoes, coarsely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon ground turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 pounds thick whitefish fillets, cut into large chunks
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon black cumin seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon fennel seeds, lightly crushed
  • 1/4 teaspoon fenugreek seeds

Machhere Jhol (Bengali Fish Curry) Cooking Instructions

  • Prep10m
  • Cook20m
  • Ready In30m

To cook Machhere Jhol (Bengali Fish Curry), you need about 10 minutes of preparation time. The time needed to cook this Machhere Jhol (Bengali Fish Curry) is about 20 minutes , and you can serve your Machhere Jhol (Bengali Fish Curry) within 30 minutes . The following are the steps to cook Machhere Jhol (Bengali Fish Curry) easily:

  1. 1 Bring the tomatoes, cumin, turmeric, salt, and water to a boil in a four quart saucepan; reduce heat to medium and maintain a simmer.
  2. 2 Heat the oil in a skillet over medium-high heat; cook the fish in the oiled skillet until golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Transfer the fish to the saucepan.
  3. 3 Heat a separate skillet over medium heat, and toast the mustard seeds, cumin seeds, black cumin seeds, fennel seeds, and fenugreek seeds until fragrant, just a few seconds. Stir the spices into the saucepan. Simmer until the flavors integrate, about 10 minutes more. Serve hot.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 367 calories; 17.6 grams of fat; 5.7 grams of carbohydrates; 44.8 grams of protein; 136 milligrams of cholesterol; 418 milligrams of sodium.

  1. Feb 14th 2018

    For those who could not find "black cumin" - it's not cumin and is a literal translation of the Bengali or Hindi name. It's sold under the name "kalonji" or "onion seeds" - any Indian grocer ...

  2. May 18th 2013

    Also made this minus the black cumin. Came out wonderful.Flavorful without being 'hot'. If most Indian food is too spicy for you then this would be a good addition to your recipe box.Think I ...

  3. Dec 15th 2009

    Could not find black cumin seeds anywhere. I live next to one of the largest Indian merchant areas in New Jersey. No black cumin seeds to be found so I doubled up on the regular cumin seeds. ...