How to make delicious tangra macher kalia

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Last Updated Jun 4, 2023

How to make delecious tangra macher kaliaHow to make delecious tangra macher kalia

The marinated tangra fishes are fried and then simmered in a thick gravy made with tomatoes, onions, garlic and ginger and sometimes added with potatoes and pointed gourds finished in a warm, spicy, cumin, coriander flavored sauce this is How to make delicious Tangra macher kalia/Bengali small catfish curry with potatoes and pointed gourds.

Author: Abhijit Mukhopadhyay
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Bengali
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes
Total time: 30 minutes
Servings: 2 Persons


  • Fish:10 pieces small catfish(Tangra)
  • Potato: 1 medium
  • pointed guard:4 pieces
  • Tomato:  1 medium
  • Green chilies: 2 pieces
  • Ginger paste: 1 tsp
  • Cumin powder: ½ tsp
  • Coriander powder: 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder
  • Red chili powder-1 teaspoon
  • panch phoron-1/2 t spoon  (It comprises mouri (fennel seeds), methi (fenugreek seeds), kaalo jeera (black cumin  seeds), zeera(cumin seeds), and a typically Bengali spice, called radhuni)
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil: 4 tbsp  mustard oil

How to make Tangra macher kalia

  • Rub the washed fish pieces with salt and turmeric powder.
  • Now heat mustard oil in a kadai & fry the fishes and keep aside.
  • Temper with panchphoron in the remaining oil.
  • As they splutter and sizzle add potatoes and pointed gourds and cook for 5 minutes.
  • In between in a bowl add turmeric, coriander, red chili and cumin powder with water and salt, make a paste and keep aside.
  • Then adds chopped tomatoes, ginger paste and some water (2 spoons) & Cook for 3 minutes.
  • Add the paste of spices and cook for another 3-4 minutes then add ½ cup of water and cover the lid to boil the veggies.How to make delecious tangra macher kalia
  • Open the lid and slowly place the fishes in the gravy and let it allow to cook for another 3-4 minutes, let the fishes soak the gravy.How to make delecious tangra macher kalia
  • Remove from the oven and serve hot with steam riceHow to make delecious tangra macher kalia

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