January 23, 2021

Machha Tarkari ( Odisha Style fish curry )

The cuisine of Odisha is one of my all time favourites. Famous for its scenic beauty , Odisha also holds a very rich culinary culture.  The cuisine of Odisha has lesser spices and oil but is high on flavours. 

Very closely associated to an Odia family, I grew up having the most amazing food of the region. 

In Frame, Machha Tarkari , a delicate aromatic fish preparation (usually Rohu)  , is a staple of the Odia household.  

Machha Tarkari :

  • Rohu fish pieces 500gm
  • Onion 1 sliced
  • Tomato 1 chopped
  • Ginger 1″chopped
  • Garlic 4-5pods
  • Panch phoron 1 tsp (mixture of Cumin, Brown Mustard, Fenugreek, Nigella and Fennel seeds.) 
  • Cinnamon 1″
  • Green Cardamom 2
  • Turmeric powder 1 tsp
  • Red chilli powder 1tsp
  • Salt as per taste
  • Mustard oil 4tbsp
  • Chopped Coriander leaves for garnishing
  • Marinate fish pieces with salt and turmeric powder for 10mins.
  • Make a paste by grinding ginger, garlic, half of sliced onions, cinnamon, cardamom and little water.
  • Heat mustard oil in a pan and fry the fish pieces. Set aside.
  • In the same oil and add panch phoron.
  • When splutter, add the remaining sliced onions.
  • When onion becomes golden add the masala paste and mix.
  • Cook till oil separates and then add the tomatoes and all the spice powders.
  • Cook few more minutes till everything cooked well and oil separates.
  • Add 1-1/2cups water and when boil comes add the fish and cook covered.

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