How to make Macher Kalia -

The famous Bengali fish delicacy.

Sanjeev Kapoor

This recipe is from FoodFood TV channel & has featured on Sanjeev Kapoor Kitchen.

Main Ingredients : Rohu fish (रोहू मछली), Mustard oil (सरसों का तेल)

Cuisine : Bengali

Course : Main Course Seafood

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Macher Kalia

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The Bengalis are great food lovers and take pride in their cuisine.  In fact so obsessed are they about food, that the man of the house goes to the market daily to buy a fresh supply vegetables and fish which is a must in their daily menu.  The medium of cooking is mustard oil which adds its own pungency.  Another very important item of Bengali cuisine is the variety of sweets or mishti as they call them.  Most of them are milk based and are prepared from chhena.
A meal, for the Bengali, is a ritual in itself.  Bengalis spend not only the great deal of time thinking about the food but also on its preparation and eating. 

Prep Time : 16-20 minutes

Cook time : 11-15 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Moderate

Taste : Spicy

Ingredients for Macher Kalia Recipe

  • Rohu fish cut into darnes 500 grams

  • Mustard oil 4 tablespoons

  • Onions grated 2 medium

  • Salt to taste

  • Turmeric powder 1/2 teaspoon

  • Cloves 3-4

  • Ginger chopped 1 teaspoon

  • Garlic chopped 1 teaspoon

  • Green chillies chopped 2

  • Red chilli powder 1/2 teaspoon

  • Tomato puree 2 tablespoons

  • Cumin powder 1 teaspoon

  • Fresh coriander leaves chopped 2 tablespoons


Step 1

Heat mustard oil in a non stick pan till it smokes. Squeeze the onions and discard excess water.

Step 2

Add salt and turmeric powder to the fish pieces and mix well.

Step 3

Cool the oil slightly, add the fish pieces and shallow fry on high heat, turning sides, till well cooked. Drain and place in a plate.

Step 4

To the oil remaining in the pan add cloves and onions and sauté till browned. Add ginger and garlic and continue to sauté till fragrant.

Step 5

Add green chillies, remaining turmeric powder and red chilli powder and mix. Add tomato puree and sauté till oil begins to separate.

Step 6

Add 1½ cups water and cumin powder and mix well. Add salt and mix. Add fried fish and coriander leaves and cook on low heat for 2-3 minutes.

Step 7

Serve hot with steamed rice.

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