Pomfret Macher Jhaal (Pomfret Fish Curry)

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This is a Bengali delicacy and a good recipe for a pomfret fish lover. It is spicy and tangy. Definitely an easy recipe worth trying. Serve hot with rice.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
4 servings


  • 4 (6 ounce) fillets pomfret fish, each cut in half

  • 2 teaspoons ground turmeric, divided

  • salt to taste

  • 1 teaspoon red chile powder

  • 2 cups water, divided, or as needed

  • 4 green chile peppers, slit, divided

  • 1 tomato, chopped, or to taste

  • 5 tablespoons mustard seeds

  • 5 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 1 teaspoon onion seeds (kalonji)


  1. Rub pomfret with 1 teaspoon turmeric and a pinch of salt.

  2. Mix remaining 1 teaspoon turmeric powder, red chile powder, and 2 teaspoons water in a small bowl to make a paste.

  3. Combine 2 green chile peppers, tomato, mustard seeds, and salt in a food processor; grind into a paste. Thin paste with water if it appears too thick.

  4. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add fish; pan-fry until golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Transfer fish to a plate. Add remaining 2 green chile peppers and onion seeds; cook and stir until chile peppers darken, 1 to 2 minutes.

  5. Pour turmeric paste into the skillet; cook and stir until mixture looks dry, about 1 minute. Pour in chile pepper paste; cook and stir until dry, about 1 minute. Pour in enough water to cover; bring to a simmer. Return fish to the skillet and continue simmering, covered, until fish flakes easily with a fork, about 6 minutes.

Editor's Note:

Use any variety of white fish in place of the pomfret, if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

492 Calories
35g Fat
12g Carbs
34g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 492
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 35g 45%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 109mg 36%
Sodium 199mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 12g 4%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 34g
Vitamin C 115mg 573%
Calcium 136mg 10%
Iron 4mg 20%
Potassium 1003mg 21%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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