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Recipe | Pabda Fish Curry - A Bengali Recipe

Updated on April 30, 2011

Bengali Name: Pabda Maacher Jhal

Fish curries are always special when it comes from a Bengali kitchen. Pabda is a kind of freshwater fish. It is very soft and testy. I am giving you a very simple recipe which you can try right now!


  1. Pabda fish 250 gm
  2. Turmeric powder 2 tsp
  3. Mustard oil 100 gm
  4. Onion seeds 2 tsp
  5. Green chillies 5 nos
  6. Salt to test
  7. Green coriander leaves for garnishing

Pabda Fishes
Pabda Fishes
The Bengali Dish - Pabda Fish Curry
The Bengali Dish - Pabda Fish Curry


  1. Clean and marinate the fish with 1 tsp turmeric powder, a little salt and 1 tsp of mustard oil for ½ an hour.
  2. Heat the mustard oil and gently fry the fishes in low flame. Use lid when frying. When it is half done remove fishes from the pan and keep aside.
  3. In the remaining oil add onion seeds, remaining turmeric powder, water and green chillies. Boil with medium flame for 10 minutes.
  4. Add fishes and cook for another 5 minutes.
  5. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve with fine rice.

(IF you don’t like fire remove seeds from the green chillies. It will give you the required flavor without the fire.)


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      cupid51 6 years ago from INDIA


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      marimccants 6 years ago

      What a yummy hub!Thanks for sharing.

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      cupid51 7 years ago from INDIA

      Thanks KFlippin for your interest in Indian recipe! Yes you are right, adding mustard seed powder will make a difference. We also use mustard powder in our fish recipes!

      Let me know the taste if you prepare it!

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      KFlippin 7 years ago from Amazon

      So if we can't find mustard oil, maybe adding powdered mustard to an olive oil, or rubbing the fish with powdered mustard, might achieve the same effect? I'll give that a try, maybe even this next week! Should have some fresh fish heading my way, hubbies gone fishing for a few days. Thanks Cupid!

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      cupid51 7 years ago from INDIA

      Thanks for reading and commenting on my hub! Mustard oil is very popular in India and it is specially good for cooking fish. Yes it adds an additional taste to the dish!

      Mustard oil is extracted from mustard seeds which is also used in Indian cooking!

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      KFlippin 7 years ago from Amazon

      This does sound good, I'll try this with our local fish, but I'm curious about the mustard oil. That's something I've never seen. Does it contribute a great deal to the flavor of this dish?

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      cupid51 8 years ago from INDIA

      Thank you lovelypaper for your visit to my hub. It certainly would make you happy with its unique taste.

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      Renee S 8 years ago from Virginia

      That looks good. Fish is so good for you and delicious broiled.


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