Machher Jhol

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Machher Jhol
Machher Jhol (Machha jhola) in a Odia style
Alternative names Machha jhola
Course Seafood curry
Place of origin Bengal
Region or state Bangladesh, West Bengal, Odisha
Main ingredients Fish, potatoes, tomatoes, seasonings
Cookbook: Machher Jhol  Media: Machher Jhol

Machher Jhol or Machha Jhola (Bengali: মাছের ঝোল) is a traditional Bengali and Odia spicy fish stew. It is in the form of a very spicy stew that is served with rice. Machher Jhol is liberally seasoned with turmeric, garlic, onions, and grated ginger. Potatoes are added to the stew as a thickening agent. Tomatoes are also added to impart the dish with a reddish color which is preferred by the people of Bengal.[1]

The kinds of fish that typically used in Bengali and Oriya households are Hilsa (called Ilisi), Rohu (called Rohi), and Catla (called Bhakura). Apart from these, there are some famous small sized fish that are normally favoured over others.[2]


Fish, potatoes, onions, ginger, garlic, turmeric, tomatoes, chilli peppers, other seasonings.

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  1. ^ Chowdhury, Sarbari. Earthen Angels: A Collection of Short Stories. ISBN 0979289114. 
  2. ^ "Machha fish curries".