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Sobji diye Macher Jhol / Fish curry with Vegetables


'Sobji diye Macher Jhol' is nothing fancy in Bengali households. But we people have crazy obsession about it. Tollywood made a movie named 'Macher Jhol' ! So, being a Bengali I had to share this recipe with you all. You can make so many variations of this dish. Today I made it without onion and garlic, but you can surely add them if you want. One can also skip the vegetable part. Do try this easy recipe in your kitchen and let me know how it turned out for you.


  • 2 pieces of withbone fish (rui / katla / koi / pabda)
  • 1 potato, cut into 4 slices.
  • Some cauliflower florets.
  • Some green beans, cut into halves.
  • Few lentil dumplings / bori.
  • Half tomato, chopped.
  • Half Teaspoon of ginger paste.
  • 3 slitted green chilies.
  • Salt and sugar.
  • Half Teaspoon of cumin seeds.
  • 2 Teaspoons of turmeric powder.
  • Half Teaspoon of red chilli powder.
  • 1 Teaspoon of roasted cumin and coriander powder.
  • Half cup of mustard oil.
  • Water.


In a bowl add a Teaspoon of turmeric powder, some salt, all of the red chilli powder, roasted cumin and coriander powder and 3 Teaspoons of water. Mix well and keep it aside.
Rub the washed fish pieces with some salt and a Teaspoon of turmeric powder.
Do same with the vegetables.
Now heat mustard oil in a kadai.
Fry the potatoes for 2 minutes, then cauliflower and beans for 2 minutes, lastly fry the bori / lentil dumplings for 30 seconds.
After that fry both sides of the fish pieces for 3 minutes.
Remove them from oil and add the cumin seeds in the remaining oil.
After few seconds add the prepared spice paste and some water. Cook for 3 minutes.
Add some more salt and sugar.
Then add chopped tomatoes and ginger paste. Cook for 3 minutes.
When the oil start oozing out, add fried potatoes. Cook for 2 minutes.
Then add fried cauliflower . Mix well and add one and half cup of hot water. Cover and cook for 3 minutes.
After that add fried beans and fish pieces. Cook for 2 minutes.
Lastly add fried bori and slitted green chilies. Cook for a minute then turn off the heat.

Macher jhol is ready.
  • Serve hot with some steamed rice.

Sobji diye Macher Jhol / Fish curry with Vegetables

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