Friday, March 22, 2013

Fulkopi Macher Jhol- Bengali style fish curry with cauliflower

I had a keen interest to try some Bengali cuisines, so thought to start  with this basic soupy curry prepared with fish and cauliflower. Fulkopi is cauliflower and macher is fish in Bengali, so the name of curry is Fulkopi Macher Jhol. Here you can use any sweet water fleshy fish like rohu, tilaphia. This curry is easy to prepare with simple ingredients and will satisfy your meal. So quickly let see the ingredients...

  • Tilaphia fish: 2 fillet, cut into 2 inch pieces
  • Cauliflower: 5 medium sized florets
  • Tomato: 1 big
  • Green chilies: 2 nos
  • Cilantro – 2 tbsp
  • Onion paste: 2 tbsp
  • Ginger paste: 1 tsp
  • Cumin powder: 1/2 tsp
  • Coriander powder: 1 tsp
  • Chili powder: 1/2 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – ½ tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Sugar: ¼ tsp (optional)
  • Oil: 3 tbsp

  • Wash the cauliflower inwater and soak it in hot water along with salt for 10 minutes .
  • Wash the fish and cut into pieces. Apply tumeric powder and salt. Mix well and marinate for 10 minutes.
  • Combine ginger paste, cumin powder, coriander powder ,chili powder in 1/3 cup of water. Keep it aside.
  • Heat pan and add 2 tbsp of oil and fry the marinated fish pieces until they are golden brown on both the sides.
  • Once done, take out the pieces and in the same pan, add cauliflower florets along with tumeric and salt. Fry until cauliflower florets are light golden in colour. And take them out.
  • Into the same pan, add remaining oil and add onion paste. Fry till raw smell goes off.
  • Then add combined spice mixture and sauté till oil separates at the sides.
  • Add cubed tomato and fry till tomato cubes are soft.
  • Now add 1 cup of water and mix well.
  • Also add fried cauliflower and slitted green chillies. Cover the lid and let the floret get cooked and become soft.

  • Then add fried fish pieces. Check for the salt and also add pinch of sugar.
  • Cover and cook for 5 minutes so that fish can soak all the flavours into it.
  • Finally garnish with chopped cilantro.
  • Fulkopi Macher Jhol is ready to serve with hot rice.