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Saturday, July 2, 2011

Pabda Mach Kalo Jeere Diye (Pabda Fish Curry)

                                                
It is a fact that Bengalis are ardent food lovers and Fish tops the list of their favourites . Today's fish Pabda is not only good to taste but it has also got a single set of backbone in the middle, making it hassle free while eating. It tastes delicious when cooked as a gravy with Kalo Jeere ( English). So here goes, my post of a fish preparation after a long time.


Ingredients:
4 pieces of Pabda fish
1 Onion, ground to paste
1/2 tsp nigella seeds(whish is also called Kalo jeera in Bengali)
1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
1/2 tsp Red chilly powder
2 Green chillies
Fresh coriander (a handful)
Mustard oil
Salt to taste
1 cup Water


Method:
Clean and wash fish pieces, pat them dry. Sprinkle some salt, turmeric on the fish, mix well and keep aside for 15 minutes.
                                          


Heat mustard oil in a broad frying pan (so that the fish doesn't break from the middle while frying). When the heat is on smoking point, reduce the flame and fry the fishes in batches for 2-3 minutes on both the sides. Keep aside.
fried pabda fishes
                                                                    
Photo source: http://www.arzoomag.com/food/masala-guide/
                                                                                  


Now reduce the oil quantity from the pan, and add kalo jeera, let it splutter. Add green chillies, onion paste and fry for a minute. Add turmeric powder, red chilli powder and fry well for a minute on medium heat. Now add water and boil this on high flame till you get first boil. Then reduce the heat and add fish pieces. Adjust the salt, cover and cook for about 5-8 minutes. Remove from heat, garnish with chopped coriander leaves and serve hot with hot steamed rice.

                                      

54 comments:

  1. I don't eat fish but this looks yum ...like the gravy

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  2. Dear Deepa
    very nice recipe. It has been ages since I cooked fish with onion paste and kalo jeere. Most of the time I end up making only Kalo jeere kacha lanka sombra and lot of turmeric, that watery holud jhol..ha ha
    have a nice week

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  3. hi
    Thanks for the exciting recipes. Can you please give the English or Hindi equivalent for PABDA fish. You mention the use of KALO JEERO and describe it as black jeera or nigella. Am a bit confused as these are different spices. Nigella is known as AJWAIN and black jeera is also known as SHAHI JEERA or KALA JEERA. So do I use ajwain or kala jeera
    Thanks
    Neville
    Toronto

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    1. PABDA fish is catfish while kala jeera is kalonji (in hindi)

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  4. Looks delicious. It has been awhile since I last cooked fish in spicy gravy, will be bookmarking this. Thank you!

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  5. Dear Neville,
    Thanks a lot for showing your interest towards this fish gravy. Regarding your query Pabda fish is called 'Pabo Catfish'. And Nigella is not known as AJWAIN it is known as "CAROM SEEDS'. In case for further clarification you may google search. We Bengalis call the nigella seeds as kalo jeera and i've posted picture of same for your reference. Hope this clarifies your query.

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  6. wow deepa..it surely looks gud and temptg....very different fish curry...never tasted this b4..thx for the explaination cos me too was confused abt the seeds.....

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  7. looks soo delicious and inviting...:)

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  8. ki darun baniecho. pabda pele kothay?

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  9. I don't usually like fish that much, but this is totally an exception! Looks totally delicious :)!!

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  10. The fish curry looks so yum and a simple one too.I love the nice colour of the gravy...will try it out.

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  11. This looks very flavorful and delicious:)

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  12. Served up with a bowl of steaming rice this would be amazing. Thanks for sharing. I enjoy learning about different curry sauces.

    Velva

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  13. Delicious fish curry,looks so yummy and mouthwatering.

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  14. deliciously done fish looks wonderful

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  15. Hi Deepa,

    I have never had this version of Macher Jhol... Hey the Jhol's colour is so pleasing to my eye. The ingredients are also less and I will certainly give it a try soon.

    Thanks,
    Seema
    amchi-bong-konnexion.blogspot.com
    seemabbas.blogspot.com

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  16. Uffffffff Pabda machh dekhe to r thakte para jachhena. Kotodin hoye gelo pabda machh khaini. Khub sundor baniyechho kintu ichhe holeo ekhon khete parbona. Abar jokhon India jabo tokhoni khete parbo. Darun presentation.

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  17. Wow...this looks absolutely delicious...yummy yumm...

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  18. Slurp, fingerlicking and irresistible fish curry, makes me hungry..

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  19. love the color of the curry! So pretty!

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  20. Very delicious looking curry!!! I love the look of it!!!

    And its quite a simple recipe...will try out soon!!

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  21. You guys are lucky to enjoy the fish variety in India..I love this recipe a lot..just need some steamed rice.

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  22. What an exquisite blend of spices/flavors ~ the curry sounds so very flavorful n aromatic! Great recipe n pics Deepa :)
    US Masala

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  23. Fish curry looks absolutely yummy and spicy. Just need some hot steamed rice to go with it. Can we make this with any fish or just this variety suits this curry?? I don't think I would be able to find Pabo cat fish here :-(

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  24. Fish curry looks so mouthwatering. Nice recipe...YUM!

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  25. Lovely dish curry looks yum .

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  26. Looks yummy fish curry Deepa.

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  27. Lovely red curry. The dish looks perfect with hot steam rice.

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  28. Delicious and tempting fish curry..just need a bowl of white rice to finish this..seriously your pics are making me hungry now..

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  29. Being a bengali myself (and sitting at Hong Kong where I don't get pabda), I know what your recipe means to me. Awesome! You reminded me of the days when I was in India and happily eating this famous dish. The recipe sounds excellent! Beautiful pic too!

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  30. whoa, fish curry looks so tempting..sounds delicious and new fish recipe for me to try..seeing ur pics I'm hungry now :)

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  31. totally new to me.. its soo so appealing..

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  32. Yummy yum fish curry..any left overs??lovely presentation too..

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  33. Tomar recipe dekhe amar barir kotha mone pore geche. Pabda maach ..SIGH!! I will never get it here you know :( This look super delicious.

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  34. Love this Bengali style fish curry! Nice gravy..Easy to prepare and delicious too..

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  35. Fragrant and delicious fish curry.Fish looks fresh.

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  36. Deepa, this looks so tempting, reminds me of my mom :)

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  37. Hi Deepa, visiting u after a while, nd whaat? u made pabda jhol in bangalore??? kothaye pele??
    loved ur recipe nd pics, I usually made it with kalo jeera nd bodi, will try ur version.

    choosing a good pabda is really very tough nd I am very poor in it.

    Sukanya

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  38. This is the first time I'm visiting your blog, and am already in love with it. Saw that you are also from Bangalore. I'm also a Bangalorean Bangobashi and like most Bengalis am a total fish lover. So can you please tell me where to get pabda mach in Bangalore.

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  39. Hi Deepa
    My apologies. Nigella is onion seeds (Kalonji) and not ajwain as erroneously mentioned by me. I saw the picture and it looks like Kalonji.
    In Indian cooking Kala jeera is also known as Shahi jeera, that is why I was confused. Thanks for the education as I am not conversant with Bengali terminology.

    Neville
    Toronto

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  40. i just made appams.. love to have this curry with it... superb snap dear.. :0

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  41. This sounds so good, love the flavors. Absolutely fabulous looking fish curry!

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  42. This orange-red colored gravy is making my mouth salivate...Yum!

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  43. This is a spicy, tempting, authentic Bengali gravy!!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

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  44. Kemon achho? Shomoy pele amar notun recipe dekho. Tomar notun recipe r opekhhay thaklam.

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  45. Looks very delicious and mouth watering.... And definitely a very new recipe to try.

    I recently posted a recipe for Mini Mango Cheesecake . Please have a look at it when you have time.

    -Lavanya.
    http://recipecongeries.blogspot.com

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  46. Thank God there is bapda maach at home or else looking at that delicious looking preparation -- Tuni bujhte parcho what I am going through.

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  47. Thank you for the delicious recipe. Im Punjabi and nil abt cooking fish but since staying in Kolkata I think it is worth having fish as u got varieties moreover my husband loves it. He bought Pabda fish and it was a challenge for me to cook so i googled and got ur recipe and happy to cook the fish.

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