What is Macher Jhol?
Macher Jhol is a hot and sour Bengali fish curry from the North East of India. A simple, fragrant curry made from white fish (usually a freshwater carp called Rohu or Rui Maach, Hilsa or Pomfret). It features ingredients typical of the region like mustard oil along with white (hulled) poppy seeds called khus khus. The fish is cooked in a coconut milk broth. Interestingly, Macher Jhol doesn’t feature garlic or ginger, often seen in Indian curries.
In a typical Bengali household, Macher jhol often goes by other names, such as Kalia Jhol, Rohu Kalia or Maacher Kalia. ‘Maacher’ means fish and ‘Kalia’ or ‘Jhol’ means gravy.