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Dhonepata Machh

Dhonepata O Sorshe Bata Die Machh Or Fish In Mustard & Cilantro Based Gravy

Dhonepata O Sorshe Bata Die Machh Or Fish In Mustard & Cilantro Based Gravy

Fish is Bengali's all time favorite Non-veg item. We can't think our day without fish. Trout is not an Indian fish. But I just mix and match it with Bengali style and made this awesome flavorful dish with Cilantro. This curry has a greeny texture for Cilantro. This goes with Rice only for lunch. Bengalies love fish in mustard gravy and this is a Cilantro based Mustard gravy. Here is the recipe..


  • Any Fish like Tilapia, Parshe, Bhetki Or Mullet - 1 medium size fish cut into steaks
  • Turmeric powder - 1 tablespoon
  • Salt - 1 tablespoon + as per taste for the gravy
  • Yellow Mustard seeds - 2 tablespoons
  • Poppy seeds - 2 tablespoons
  • Cilantro - 1 bunch
  • Mustard oil - 4 tablespoons + 1 tablespoon
  • Kalonji or Nigella - 1 teaspoon
  • Green chilies - 4 to 5 (adjust to your taste)

About Recipe

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15 Minute(s)

Cooking Time »

30 Minute(s)

Steps to Prepare

Take the fish pieces and wash them thoroughly and rinse. Now marinate them with half of the Salt & Turmeric and keep aside for 15 minutes.

Take the Mustard seeds, Poppy seeds, some salt and 2 Green chilies in a small spice grinder and grind to make a smooth paste with 2 tablespoons of water. Now add all the Cilantro with the paste and grind again to make it smooth. This time do not add any water.

Now take a non stick pan and heat 4 tablespoons of oil in it. When the oil smokes add the fish pieces (Do not add more than 3 pieces) and fry them till golden brown and put onto a paper towel.

When all the marinated fish steaks are fried take the Nigella or Kalongi and rub into your palm and add to the same oil along with 2 green chilies. When they start cracking add the Mustard + Poppy seeds + Cilantro paste and stir fry for couple of minutes.

Now add 1 1/2 cup of water to it and let the gravy to a nice boil. When the gravy will start boiling add the fried steaks and boil the gravy for 8 to 10 minutes.

Adjust the salt to your taste. After 10 minutes off the oven and serve hot with Steamed Rice.

Dhonepata Machh

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