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Macher Jhol

Updated on August 23, 2017

Macher Jhol

Delcious Bengal Fish curry ( Macher Jhol)
Delcious Bengal Fish curry ( Macher Jhol)

Macher Jhol is specialty of West Bengal region of India. Macher means Fish and Jhol means curry. So basically it is fish curry from West Bengal region of India. Since West Bengal is on the coast of Indian ocean and holy river of Ganges flows through it so it is rich in water and thus its cuisine contains lots of fresh water and sea fishes. Thus Bengali cuisine has got very tasty recipes for many fishes. The macher jhol dish is best enjoyed when the fish is brought fresh and cooked on the same day. You can use any fish to make this recipe but best made with the local fish to Bengal region like Rohu.


  1. Fish: 4 Pieces.
  2. Potatoes: 2
  3. Onion: 1
  4. Red Chili Powder: 1 Tsp.
  5. Cumin Powder: 1 Tsp.
  6. Turmeric Powder: ½ Tsp
  7. Mustard Oil: 4 Tbsp.
  8. Bay leaf: 2
  9. Salt: To taste.
  10. Water: 2 Cups


  1. Wash the fish thoroughly and set aside.
  2. Now wash the potatoes and peel them. Cut them like French Fries. Put them in a bowl of water.
  3. Finely chop the onion.
  4. Now in frying pan, heat the 1 Tbsp of oil.
  5. Fry the fish till they are half done.
  6. Take them out and keep aside.
  7. Now fry the potatoes in one more Tbsp of oil..
  8. Fry till they are half done and keep side.
  9. Now take 2 Tbsp of oil in the pan and sauté onion with bay leaves.
  10. Now add all the spices mentioned in the ingredients in the onions and sauté it a bit more.
  11. Add 2 Cups of water and potatoes.
  12. Bring it to boil.
  13. Slowly add the fish pieces. You should be gentle or the fish pieces would break.
  14. Cook till the potatoes are fully done.
  15. Serve with rice.

Macher Jhol

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      Indian Chef 

      4 years ago from New Delhi India

      Thanks Getitscene

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      Dale Anderson 

      4 years ago from The High Seas

      Delicious I bet! Voted up and 5 stars. I'd love to make this some time soon.

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      Indian Chef 

      5 years ago from New Delhi India

      Thanks Vertualit

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      Indian Chef 

      5 years ago from New Delhi India

      Thanks Creativelycc

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      Indian Chef 

      5 years ago from New Delhi India

      Thanks Rajan for not only very useful comment but also for share and stars

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      Abdus Salam 

      5 years ago from Bangladesh

      I always like jhol. Awesome post. thanks for sharing..

      voting up!!

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      Carrie L Cronkite 

      5 years ago from Maine

      Hi Rajan,

      This looks delicious and easy to make. I love fish and curry - I'll definitely be making this recipe. Thank you!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Using mustard oil for fish should be interesting. I've always wanted to try out fish the way it is made in Bengal and this hub is a perfect recipe.

      Thanks, Indian Chef.

      Voted up, useful, 5 stars and shared.

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      Indian Chef 

      5 years ago from New Delhi India

      Thanks peachpurple

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      5 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      awesome and really red hot recipe. Thanks for sharing


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