Sorshe Diye Maacher Jhaal (Fish in a Spicy Mustard Sauce)


  • 500 gm fish, cut into pieces
  • 4 tbsp yellow mustard seeds
  • 2 tbsp black mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp ginger paste
  • 4 green chillies
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp nigella seeds
  • Mustard oil
  • Salt to taste

Method –

  1. Soak the mustard seeds in warm water for 2 hours
  2. Grind the mustard seeds with 2 green chillies to a smooth paste. Set aside
  3. Wash and clean the fish pieces
  4. Rub salt and 1/2 tsp turmeric powder and set aside for 15 minutes
  5. In a wok, add enough mustard oil to fry the fish in batches
  6. Once the oil is smoking hot, lower the heat slightly and slide the fish pieces carefully into the hot oil
  7. Fry the fish till both sides are golden brown
  8. Remove onto absorbent paper and set aside
  9. In the same wok, add more oil if required
  10. Temper the oil with nigella seeds and 2 slit green chillies
  11. Mix the mustard paste with ginger paste and salt
  12. Lower the heat and add the mustard paste
  13. Add turmeric powder and sauté the mustard paste till oil leaves the sides
  14. Add about 2 cups of warm water and let it come to a boil
  15. Add the fish pieces and let it simmer for about 6-8 minutes
  16. Adjust the seasoning and turn off the heat
  17. Serve with steamed rice

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