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Bele Mancher Jhaal

Bele mancher jhaal is a spicy delicious dish from traditional Bengali kitchen mainly jhal mean hot preparation where the use of chilly is bit more than regular cooking but adjust the heat according to your choice and enjoy the preparation. Bele maanch or Scribbled goby” is a very delicious fish and easy to digest. You can cook this fish in various other ways too but today I am sharing with you the one most interesting. The creamy tomato paste with crunchy raw onion add make this dish very unique. Bele fish are generally medium in size but this time I am fortunate to get some small version. If bele fish is not avaible in your part you can try this with any other fishes too and let me know how you like it. So relish bele mancher jhaal with hot steamed rice.

Preparation time   10 minutes 
Cooking time  20 minutes
Serves   4

Ingredients : 
500 grm small bele fish 
1 ½  tbsp poppy paste
½  tbsp mustard paste 
1 cup tomato chopped 
1 big onion thickly sliced 
¼  cup fresh green peas ( optional)
1 tsp red chilly powder or to taste 
½ tsp turmeric powder 
4 tbsp mustard oil
1 tsp mustard oil
2 tbsp finely chopped coriander
¼ tsp garam masala powder 
Salt to taste

Methods  of Cooking 
Wash the fish well and then rub the fish with salt and little turmeric powder. Now heat oil in pan then fry the fish till light golden. Keep aside the fried fish. In that oil add chopped tomato and few sliced onion and green peas. Add salt, turmeric powder and cilly powder. Fry this till the tomatoes are well mashed and fried. Now add the mustard and poppy paste. Stir and cook till it is well fried. Now add the fish. Mix well with the masala. Sprinkle 2 to 3 tbsp of water. Mix well. Now add rest of the chopped onion and freshly chopped coriander and garam masala and sprinkle raw mustard oil. Mix well and put off the flame. Your spicy bele mancher jhal is ready. Serve with hot steamed rice. The platter shown is a simple Bengali lunch menu to know what in them just visit and follow Sutapa's Indian Cusine Facebook page and enjoy.

Happy Cooking!


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