Bhaja Moshla Mach (Fish Curry with Roasted Spices)

‘Bhaja Moshla Mach’ or Fish Curry with Roasted Spices is a regular fish curry with a little twist. I have used some roasted masala powder to enhance the aroma of the curry. This is a very light curry ideal for summer days with steamed rice. I have cooked the dish with small Rohu Fish weight around 600 grams but you can cook with ‘Paka Mach’ (bigger fish) too. The basic recipe I got from Debasree Saha of one of food group though I have made some addition and alteration to her recipe. If you are looking for some different fish curry do try this ‘Bhaja Moshla Mach’ …..

  • Servings: 4-serving
  • Difficulty: medium
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  • Cuisine: bengali
  • Passive Time: 15 mins
  • Course: side dish
  • Preparation Time: 20 mins
  • Cooking Time: 20 mins


8 Rohu or Katla Fish – pieces
2 (Medium) Potato
1 ¼ tsps Cumin Seeds
½ tsp Coriander Seeds
2 Dry Whole Red Chilli
2 Green Cardamom
1” Cinnamon
1 Bay leaf
1 ½ tsps Ginger Paste
1 tsp Turmeric Powder
2 – 3 Green Chilli
2 Tbsps Mustard Oil – + frying the fish
To taste Salt


  1. Marinate the fish pieces with ½ tsp of turmeric powder and some salt for 10-15 minutes.
  2. Peel the potatoes and cut them into 4 pieces each lengthwise. Wash and keep aside.
  3. Dry roast 1 tsp cumin seeds, ½ tsp coriander seeds, green cardamom and cinnamon till aromatic. Then grind them in semi course powder.
  4. Heat sufficient oil in a kadai and shallow fry the fish pieces. Drain from oil and keep aside.
  5. Add oil if required then temper the oil with cumin seeds and bay leaf. Next add ginger paste and fry till raw smell goes off.
  6. Add fried potato pieces, turmeric powder and roasted masala powder. Sauté till oil separates.
  7. Add 1 cup of water and salt. Cover and cook till potatoes are almost done.
  8. Now add the fried fish pieces and green chillies. Cook for another 2-3 minutes without cover in medium heat.
  9. Serve with hot steamed rice.


~ I have used small Rohu Fish of around 600 gms weight. You can cook with any size of fish.

~ Add water according to you requirement of gravy.


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