Machhere jhol (Bengali fish curry)

Machhere jhol (Bengali fish curry)


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About this recipe: A delicate curry from the Bengali region of eastern India, this white fish fillet curry can be made with any flaky, white fish: Haddock, cod, tilapia, sea bass - choose your favourite, its flavour will be spiced and enhanced in a gorgeous way in this dish.

Rina H.

Serves: 4 

  • 2 large tomatoes, coarsely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon ground turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 480ml water
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 900g thick white fish fillets, cut into large chunks
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon nigella seeds (black cumin)
  • 1/4 teaspoon fennel seeds, lightly crushed
  • 1/4 teaspoon fenugreek seeds

Prep:10min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Ready in:30min 

  1. Bring the tomatoes, cumin, turmeric, salt and water to the boil in a 4 litre saucepan; reduce heat to medium and maintain a simmer.
  2. Heat the oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat; cook the fish in the oiled frying pan until golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Transfer the fish to the saucepan.
  3. Heat a separate frying pan 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 and simmer until the flavours integrate, about 10 minutes more. Serve hot.

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