Pabda r Jhaal – Pabda Fish Curry

This is recipe from one of my favorite aunt, which she cooks really well and we get to taste it in multiple occasion. This is a favorite fish in my household too, but we used to enjoy it as “Pabda Sorshe – Pabda fish in Mustard Sauce”  or even “Doi Pabda – Pabda in Curd Sauce”. This time, when I get these fresh Pabda fish in the market, I have decided to give it a try to make “Pabda r jhaal – with Tomato”  and asked her the process. It is such a simple and easy recipe but the end result is really wonderful. Must be enjoyed with plain rice and yes,,please donot forget the mustard oil.



  • Pabda Fish – 4
  • Ginger Paste – 1 tbsp
  • Tomato – 3, medium
  • Cumin Powder – 1 tsp
  • Kalojire / kalonji seeds – a pinch
  • Green Chilli – 4-5
  • Kashmiri chilli powder – 1 tsp
  • Salt, Turmeric
  • Coriander leaves – a handful
  • A pinch of sugar(optional)

Marinate the fish with salt and turmeric for 10 minutes. Carefully place the fish in hot oil and fry covered till golden brown. Be careful while frying since the frying process splutters  a lot of hot oil.

In the mean time, mix ginger paste, turmeric, cumin powder, red chilli powder, salt and sugar in a cup of water. Chop the tomatoes really fine and keep aside.

Heat mustard oil in a pan. Add kalojire, when it splutters, add chopped tomato and cook for a while.

When tomato is cooked and mashed, add the spice water made earlier. Fry it till water evaporates and oil comes out.


Then add 1 cup of hot water. when it is boiling, lower the heat, add the fish pieces, add chopped green chilli and boil for 10 minutes,

When gravy thickens, add chopped coriander and switch off the heat.

Serve with plain rice.



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