How To Make Patla Tomato Jeera R Mach Er Jhol

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Being born and brought up in a Bengali household, I have always been surrounded by the delicious aromas of traditional recipes. One of my all-time favorite dishes is the classic patla tomato jeera r mach er jhol. This simple and flavorful fish curry has been a staple at my family gatherings and is a dish close to my heart. Let me take you through the process of creating this comforting and soul-satisfying Bengali delicacy.


  • Fresh fish pieces (rohu or catla)
  • Tomatoes, thinly sliced
  • Jeera (cumin) seeds
  • Turmeric powder
  • Green chilies, slit
  • Mustard oil
  • Salt to taste
  • Water


To begin, I carefully clean and wash the fresh fish pieces and set them aside. Then, I heat mustard oil in a deep-bottomed pan until it reaches smoking point. This is crucial for the authentic flavor of the dish. Once the oil is hot enough, I add the jeera seeds and let them sizzle, releasing their earthy aroma.

Next, I add the thinly sliced tomatoes to the pan and let them cook down until they form a luscious, flavorful base for the curry. I sprinkle in the turmeric powder for that beautiful golden hue and stir everything together until the aroma fills the kitchen.

Now comes the most crucial step – adding the fresh fish pieces to the fragrant mixture. Gently placing them in the pan, I make sure they are coated in the tomato and jeera-infused goodness. To enhance the heat and flavor, I add slit green chilies and a sprinkle of salt, balancing the flavors perfectly.

Lastly, I pour in just enough water to cover the fish and let everything simmer gently until the fish is cooked to perfection, absorbing all the wonderful flavors of the curry.


Once the fish is tender and the flavors have melded together beautifully, I dish out the patla tomato jeera r mach er jhol into a traditional serving bowl. The aroma is truly irresistible, and I often find myself salivating at this point. I love to enjoy this dish with a generous portion of steamed white rice, allowing the curry to seep into every grain for a burst of flavor in every bite.


This dish holds a special place in my heart, and every time I make it, I feel a connection to my heritage and upbringing. The combination of tangy tomatoes, aromatic jeera, and tender fish creates a symphony of flavors that never fails to transport me back to my roots. I encourage you to try making this delightful Bengali fish curry and experience the warmth and comfort it brings to the table.