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  • Writer's pictureSawan Dutta


A Recipe Song for Machher Jhol - Bengal's favourite fish stew with potatoes. Simple, light, delicious. An eternal favourite, with rice. #machherjholsong #macherjhol


6 -8 pieces of Rohu/ Rui fish

4 potatoes

Salt - to taste

Mustard Oil - to taste

Coriander powder 2 tsp

Cumin powder 1 tsp

Turmeric powder 1/2 tsp

Chilly powder 1/4 tsp

Bay leaves 1-2

Panchphoron ( traditional bengali five spice mix) - a pinch

Green chillies - to taste

Water - to tast

SONG LYRICS : ( with additional instructions )

Today our goal is to make macher jhol

Macher jhol, macher jhol

Good for my tummy, and good for my soul

Macher Jhol, macher jhol

With turmeric and salt first marinate the fish

( the longer the marination time the better )

Cut potato like this ( lenthwise ), or smaller if you wish

Head mustard oil, till it smokes in the pan

Fry fish and potato as lightly as you can

( first the fish, keep aside, then the potatoes, keep aside )

If every now and then you forget to turn,

It will be very bad, your potatoes will burn ( You need to avoid this, obviously! )

What is our goal? To make macher jhol

Macher jhol, macher jhol

If you have amasha ( upset stomach ) or perhaps ombol ( acidity )

Macher jhol, macher jhol

Coriander, cumin, chilly powder and turmeric

( all in powder form, 2tsp, 1tsp, quarter tsp and half tsp respectively)

Add water, make a paste, like this not very thick

One or two bay leaves and a pinch of panchphoron

( which you can ) buy from the shop, or make on your own

( by mixing together equal quantities of whole cumin, fennel seeds, onion seeds, fenugreek seeds and mustard seeds or radhuni, which is available in Bengal )

Add all the ingredients in the heated oil

( first the bay leaves, then the panchphoron, then the spice paste, stir fry a few min)

Add potato, add the water ( quantity depending on how much gravy you want )

Let it come to boil !

( let it simmer for ten min)

Add salt and green chillies ( to taste ), for me - only one

Add the fish and let it simmer, till the jhol is done ( about ten min )

Enjoy with rice, or straight from the bowl

Macher jhol, macher jhol

Good for your tummy, and good for your soul

Macher jhol, macher jhol


Song written, composed, produced, performed by Sawan Dutta

Video by CB Arun Kumar and Sawan Dutta


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