Monday, 23 February 2015


This fish preparation is particular of the Comilla district of Bangladesh. Comilla is one of the major districts of Bangladesh located about 100 km southeast of Dhaka. Originally my forefathers belonged to this particular place, hence brought with them the cuisine typical of that place. This particular dish is not so popular amongst our community. I love this winter delight fish curry  which can be  extremely soothing during summers too. After I got married, I cooked this AAR DHONEPATA BATA JHOL at my in-law's place too which they likes. It should please my readers too!

I am just back from a 4 day relaxed holiday from a beautiful hill side in Malaysia....enjoyed the food, climate, picturesque nature, indulgent spa treatment.... everything. However the typical Bengali inside me was craving for home cooked food. Though I call myself cosmopolitan, I am deep inside a typical Bengali. I am a foodie, I love world cuisine, but at the end of the day I want my share of fish curry and.......filling this blank is easy... but I am not allowed to have  it to my heart's content. For a rice lover like me....its a curse sort of. So today, back from work, the tired me is happily cooking my favourite fish curry with coriander paste.

For this fish coriander need sweet water fish which must be fresh. Its mainly done with Aar[long whiskered cat fish], Pabda[butter fish], Tangra[ a type of catfish perhaps]. Its done with very little ingredients, mainly fresh green coriander leaves paste. Its a very light, aromatic curry. You can add broad beans and egg plants to this curry or prepare plain. I was lucky to get some small sized aar maach here which is a rare occasion though, so had to cook it this way!

Aar [long-whiskered cat fish] : 4 pieces
Dry Red Chilli Powder : 1tsp
Green Chilli : 2
Salt : As required
Turmeric Powder : 1/2 tsp
Kalojirey [nigella seeds/kalonji] : 2pinches
Coriander Leaves : 50 gm
Oil : 1tbsp

Clean and wash the fish pieces. Add salt, turmeric powder and red chilli powder and marinate well. Keep aside for 14 minutes.

Wash and chop the coriander leaves, grind into a paste along with the green chillies adding very little water. The mixture should not be watery but paste like.

Heat the oil in a wok. Temper with nigella seeds. Add the fish pieces along with the marinade. Cover cook at lowest heat for 2 minutes. Open cover and flip over the fish pieces very carefully. They should not break. Cover cook for another 2 minutes.

Open the cover. Add the chilli-coriander paste. Add some salt. Stir carefully and cover cook at lowest heat for 2 minutes.

Open cover and add 1/4 cup water. Cover cook for 2-3 minutes. Its done.

Enjoy with piping hot steamed rice!!


  1. I love fish curry and used to prepare weekly your mouth watering recipe and picture ..will try soon :-)