Try Shorshe Bata Diye Macher Jhal – A Fabulous Bengali-Style Fish Curry!

Celebration and food are two favourite aspects of Bengali culture, and Jamai Sasthi is one such special occasion that celebrates both. Devoted to the sons-in-law, Jamai Sasthi is celebrated with much enthusiasm in West Bengal. The mother-in-law cooks a special feast on this unique occasion, and the entire family enjoys joyful and cheery bonding over food and conversations. This special festival also involves myriad rituals to strengthen the bond between the son-in-law with his parents-in-law. 

Fish is undeniably the star of this special occasion. Apart from the tasty fish delicacies, prawn curry, rice, dal, pooris, mutton, and sweets are also served on a plate. A sight to behold, the son-in-law is welcomed to a unique, sumptuous spread.

What is Shorshe Bata Diye Macher Jhal?

A signature Bengali dish, Shorshe Bata Diye Macher Jhal, or Bengali style fish in mustard-based curry, requires no introduction for anyone who is a Bengali! Even if you are not precisely aware of Bengali cuisine, you will instantly fall in love with this much-loved recipe. 

Bengali recipe step by step

Toying with the idea to surprise your son-in-law with the signature Bengali delicacy Shorshe Bata Diye Macher Jhal this Jama Shasti? Well, to save time without compromising on the flavour part, all you need is to get a packet of Licious Roopchand steaks. Licious fish & seafood is caught daily and delivered within 24 hours. Additionally, our expert meat technicians cut & clean the fish, so you don’t have to. Use the steaks straight out of the pack with zero prep. 

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Course Main Dish
Cuisine Indian
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Indian
  1. Rub a little turmeric powder and salt into the Roopchand Steaks and set them aside for 10 minutes.
  2. In a grinder, prepare a paste of the mustard seeds by grinding them with a little water.
  3. Mix a bit of salt with the mustard paste and keep it aside for 15 minutes.
  4. Next, prepare a paste of tomato, salt, water, and poppy seeds to enhance the taste and texture of the gravy.
  5. Add 2 tbsp of mustard oil to a pan and heat it adequately.
  6. It is time to fry the fish pieces on medium heat until the fish steaks turn golden brown on both sides.
  7. Place the fish steaks on absorbent paper to get rid of excess oil. Keep them aside.
  8. In that same oil, add the prepared tomato paste. Cook for around 5 minutes until the fragrance of uncooked tomatoes vanishes.
  9. Add turmeric powder and salt to the gravy.
  10. You can add some Kashmiri red chilli powder to give a rich colour to the gravy.
  11. Now add the mustard paste and let it cook for 1 more minute.
  12. Time to add 3 cups of water to the pan.
  13. Bring the mixture to a boil.
  14. Finally, it is time to add the fried Roopchand Steaks to the gravy.
  15. Cook for around 10 minutes on medium flame, then flip over the fried fish pieces. It will ensure the fish is coated properly and uniformly on both sides with the mustard gravy.
  16. Cook for 2 more minutes after adding 1 tbsp of raw mustard oil to the gravy.
  17. Serve hot Shorshe Roopchand diye Macher Jhal with steamed rice.
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Tips and Tricks regarding the recipe

We can either use boneless or bone-in fish while preparing the recipe with Roopchand Steaks. Moreover, mustard oil is the only preferred option to bring out the intense flavour authentic to this dish.

Interesting facts: Licious Roopchand Fish Steak Recipe At Licious, choose from a variety of cuts and options of fish and seafood, including Roopchand steaks, fish heads, tails, etc., that are fresh and never frozen. Free from chemicals and preservatives, these steaks will be delivered to your doorstep within 90-120 minutes.

If you, too, are fond of fish curries, try out this easy recipe using Licious Roopchand Fish Steak. And don’t forget to share pics on Instagram and tag us using #MadeWithLicious, we’d love to see your creations.

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