Tel Koi (Spicy Climbing Perch Curry)


Yet another delicacy from Bong kitchen is ‘Tel Koi’ where climbing perch is cooked in spicy gravy. It is very simple recipe but tastes awesome. Just have it with a plate of steamed rice and you are done! I have already shared the recipe of ‘Fulkopi Koi’ which is a must have during winter. Though ‘Koi Mach’ o Climbing Perch is available throughout the year but it tastes better in winter. So try this spicy fish curry ‘Tel Koi’…

Ingredients to serve 4:

  • Koi Mach or Climbing Perch – 4
  • Bay Leaf – 1
  • Ginger Paste – 1 ½ tsp
  • Cumin Powder – 1 tsp
  • Red Chilli Powder – ¾ tsp
  • Turmeric Powder – 1 ½ tsp
  • Mustard Paste – 2 tsp
  • Green Chilli – 4
  • Salt – To taste
  • Mustard Oil – For frying the fish pieces + 2 Tbsp


  1. Wash the fish and smear with some salt and turmeric powder. Keep aside for 10 minutes.
  2. Heat mustard oil in a heavy bottom pan or kadhai. Once it’s smoking hot carefully place the fish one by one. Fry till golden brown on both sides. Drain from oil and keep aside.
  3. Add 2 Tbsp oil in kadai and add ginger paste and bay leaf. Sauté till raw smell goes off.
  4. Now add cumin powder, turmeric powder and red chilli powder. Sauté for few seconds.
  5. Now add 1 cup water. Adjust salt.
  6. Now add the fried fishes and mustard paste. Mix well. Cover and let it cook till fishes are done.
  7. Now add slit green chilli. Cover and remove from heat. Let it rest for 5 minutes.
  8. Serve hot with steamed rice only.

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