How To make Doi Mach / Bengali Fish Curry

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May. 19, 2020

Ami tumake Bhalobashi. On this Kravings friends very special episode, Im joined by Soma Sengupta from San Jose, California. Although we never met face to face, Ive known Soma for years as she heads up a video startup in the US called ifoodtv. Soma is a prominent member of the Bengali community and a fabulous blogger on In this video she cooks up some delicious Doi Mach to celebrate Rabindranath Tagores recent birthday in real time.


Fish steaks 300 Gram
Finely chopped onion 2/3 Cup (10.67 tbs)
Ginger paste 2 Teaspoon
Garlic paste 1 Tablespoon
Yogurt 2/3 Cup (10.67 tbs)
Turmeric 3 1/2 Teaspoon
Red chili powder 2 Teaspoon
Coriander powder 1 Teaspoon
Cumin powder 1 Tablespoon
Bay leaf 2
Cloves 6
Cumin seeds 1 1/2 Teaspoon
Green cardamom 4
Cinnamon 1 Inch
Garam masala 1 Teaspoon
Mustard oil 9 Tablespoon
Green chilies 5
Salt To Taste
Sugar To Taste



1. Marinate the fish steaks with 2 tsp turmeric and 1 tsp salt.

2. Heat 5 tbsp of mustard oil in a pan.

3. Slide in the fish steaks slowly and fry both sides until golden brown. Keep aside.

4. In another pan, heat 3 tbsp of oil and throw in the bay leaves, cumin seeds, cloves, cardamom and cinnamon stick.

5. Allow 2 mins until the oil gets fragrant.

6. Add in the onion paste and fry for couple of mins.

7. Add in the ginger, garlic paste and fry for 3-4 minutes over medium flame or until the oil leaves the side of the pan.

8. Meanwhile, whisk the yogurt along with 1/2 cup of water and the turmeric powder, cumin powder, coriander powder and the red chili powder and add it to the pan.

9. Stir and mix everything in. Throw in the green chilies and let it cook for 4-5 mins.

10. Depending on the consistency required you could add 1/4 cup of water at this stage but this is optional.

11. Add the fried fish steaks to the simmering sauce as it reduces.

12. Add salt and sugar to taste.

13. When the consistency of the sauce looks right to you, remove from the stove.

14. Add garam masala and mix it in.


15. Serve hot alongside plain white rice.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Medium
Cook Time: 20 Minutes
Ready In: 20 Minutes
Servings: 2