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Friday, February 10, 2006

Doi Machh/Fish curry in yogurt sauce

It’s been a while since I have blogged about fish. That’s a shame for a non-vegetarian whose primary affinity is with fish. So here’s a post to make amends. Doi machh or curd fish is a delicacy in Bengal and its surrounding eastern states. It’s fairly easy to make and tastes yummy--mostly tart, with a hint of sweet.

The best part about this fish curry is its health value. In the recipe I am going to share with you, the fish isn’t fried and thus retains its nutrients. And although it is simple to cook, the end product is a creamy, delicious curry; just the perfect accompaniment to freshly made steamed rice.

Here goes:

Doi Machh/Curd Fish


Fish: 1 kg, cut into pieces
Plain yogurt (curd): 500 gms
Onions- 2, big
Garlic: 8-10 cloves
Ginger: 1 small block
Sugar: ¾ teaspoon
Turmeric: ½ teaspoon
Cumin seeds: ½ teaspoon
Garam Masala powder (Dry grind green cardamoms, cloves, and cinnamon): 1 teaspoon
Bay leaves: 2
Cinnamon sticks: 2
Cloves: 3-4
Cardamom (green): 4-5
Dry red chillies: 2


1. Wash the fish pieces and keep aside.
2. Grind the onions, garlic, and ginger into a fine paste.
3. Beat the yogurt well. Add the onion-garlic-ginger paste, turmeric powder, red chillies and raisins to it.
4. Marinate the fish in the yogurt mix for about 15-20 minutes.
5. Heat oil in a wok. Add the cumin seeds, bay leaves, cloves, cardamoms, and cinnamon sticks.
6. Add the marinated fish to the oil. Add the sugar and salt to taste.
7. Stir a bit. Cover and cook for about 10-15 minutes.
8. Remove cover and check if the fish is tender.
9. Add the garam masala powder. Stir lightly, taking care not to break the fish pieces. Turn off the heat.
10. Serve with hot, plain rice!

This is one of my favourite fish curries and I can assure all fish lovers they will relish every bite of it. Check out for yourself :)


10 comment(s):

hey, u from Bengal or calcutta by any chance ...

I have quite a few fish recipes on ym blog, doi maach being an all time favorite ..talking of fish I cooked muri ghonto this evening:-)

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:24 PM  

Sury,that is a very nice fish recipe with yogurt.I am going to try this recipe as we are fish lovers at home..:)

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:20 AM  

Hi there. You forgot to put your name and the link to your blog. Would love to check out your recipes. Muri ghonto sounds yum!

And no I am not from Bengal or Calcutta. Born and bred in New Delhi :P

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:53 AM  

Thanks, Sailu. Do try it and I hope you like the taste as much as I do :)

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:05 PM  

Yummy. Until I heard about this dish in Calcutta, I would never have thought of mixing yogurt and fish! Pl keep putting up such recipes - mansho, jhinga et al.
Btw did you try phirni?

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:29 PM  

Thanks, Ashwini. The curd is the star of this one, no? I will post the other dishes you mentioned, plus some more Bengali relishes.

The phirni is on my very immediate to-do list. Just need the gulkand. I have the rest of the ingredients, so am going to try that soon :)

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:45 PM  

been hearing about this bengali curry for smetime. am going to try this one soon. do you need a particular fish for this one?
another fish lover:)

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:58 AM  

Reshma, we usually make this with rohu fish. You can make it with any of the bigger fishes though. Do let me know how it turns out :)

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:09 AM  

this is evil you know...putting pics of doi maach. hubby does not call me a 'beral' for no reason.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:03 PM  

So good to see another fish lover, Parna. May our ilk grow!

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:16 PM  

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