Bengali Style Macher Jhol

Prep: 15 minutes | Cook: 25 minutes | Servings: 2


For marination

 1 Whole Hilsa Fish (Ilish Macher)

2 tsp Turmeric powder

Salt to taste

For the Gravy

6 tbsp Mustard Oil

3 tsp Turmeric powder

Salt to taste

Marinated fish

1 tbsp Kalonji

1 tbsp Mustard Seeds

3-4 Green Chillies, slit

Chopped coriander leaves, for garnishing


For marination

  • Clean fish with water & pad dry
  • Marinade the fish with salt and turmeric powder.
  • Keep aside for further use.

For Gravy

  • In a small bowl, add salt, turmeric and water to make a thin paste. Keep aside for further use.
  • In a kadhai, heat mustard oil till smokes.
  • Once it starts smoking, add fish and shallow fry till done.
  • Drain the fish in a paper towel and keep aside for further use.
  • In the same oil, add kalonji, mustard seeds and green chillies, sear them for a minute.
  • Add the turmeric and salt mixture. Cook it for 2-3 minutes on high flame or until moisture evaporates.
  • Add marinated fish and stir carefully to avoid breaking, for the masala to coat through it.
  • Add water as required and cook for another 2-3 minutes.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves.
  • Serve hot with rice.