Rohi Macha Besar – Typical Odia Food

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Rohi Macha Besar – Typical Odia & Bengoli Food 


  • 1 kg rohu or bhakur fish (ରୋହି / ଭାକୁର)
  • 1 onion (ପିଆଜ)
  • 2 tomatoes (ବିଲାତି)
  • 2green chili(କଞ୍ଚା ଲଙ୍କା)
  • 2 teaspoon red chilli powder  (ଲଙ୍କା ଗୁଣ୍ଡ)
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder (ହଳଦୀ ଗୁଣ୍ଡ)
  • 5 garlic cloves (ରସୁଣ )
  • 5 tablespoon mustard oil (ସୋରିଷ ତେଲ)
  • 3 tablespoon mustard (ସୋରିଷ)
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds (ଜୀରା)
  • Salt to taste (ଲୁଣ)


  • Cut the fish into small pieces and wash thoroughly.
  • Add turmeric powder and salt to it for marinating.
  • Make a paste of mustard,Jeera and garlic. Cut the onion and tomato into slices.
  • Heat a pan and Put oil and fry the fish in batches of 2 or 3 pieces at a time for 4 to 5 minutes. Keep the fried fish aside.
  • Putting the pan again on medium flame take a little oil . Add cumin seeds  and mustard ½ tea spoonful each. When the cumin seeds and mustard start cracking add the sliced onions. Stir a little.
  • Add the tomato/mustard/garlic paste, turmeric powder, red chili powder and salt to it.
  • Also add 3 to 4 cups of water.
  • When the curry starts boiling add the fried fishes and boil it further for about 3 minutes.
  • Maccha Besar is now ready to be served with rice.

Garnish it with coriander leaves before serving. 

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