Thursday, 11 September 2014

Maacher Matha Diye Bhaja Moong Daal (Yellow Lentils With Rohu/Katla Fish Head)

Maacher Matha Diye Bhaja Moong Daal (Yellow lentils with Rohu/Katla fish head) is a classic Bong delicacy, another priceless recipe I got from my Maa. Sharing with you this glorious recipe which is so popular with all Bongs around the world…..

Maacher Matha Diye Bhaja Moong Daal

Maacher Matha Diye Bhaja Moong Daal

Maacher Matha Diye Bhaja Moong Daal

Maacher Matha Diye Bhaja Moong Daal



  • 1 Rohu/Katla fish head halved from the middle vertically
  • 2 onions pasted
  • 1 tsp ginger paste
  • 11/2 tsp garlic paste
  • 1 red tomato pasted
  • 250 gms dhuli Moong daal/ yellow lentils
  • 3-4 green cardamom
  • 11/2 inch cinnamon
  • 3-4 cloves
  • 1 bay leaf/tej patta
  • 2 whole dry red chillies
  • 2 green chillies slit
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds/jeera
  • 2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp kashmiri red chilli powder
  • Salt n Sugar to taste
  • Mustard oil as per requirement


Dry roast the moong daal in a karahi until light brownish, wash and pressure cook upto 3 whistles with some turmeric powder and a little salt. Wash and clean the fish head well and smear with turmeric and salt. In the same karahi heat oil and fry the fish head brown on both sides. Take out and temper the same oil with whole garam masalas, whole dry red chillies, bay leaf and cumin seeds. Add the onion, ginger garlic paste and sauté for a few minutes. Add the tomato paste, the powdered masalas, slit green chillies and adjust the seasoning carefully as some salt is already added to the boiled lentils. Keep stirring the masalas, add the daal. Break the fish head into smaller pieces and add it to the daal. Let them simmer for 7-8 minutes until the fish head gets cooked with the daal. Keep stirring in between. Serve hot with steamed rice…..


  1. thnks so much re Ani - mone pore gyalo maa-r haat-r anobodyo maachher matha-r dal - sab spices mone chilo na, refreshed my memory!

    1. Most Welcome Suparna...sorry for being late...but try korey oboshyoi janash amay...lots of love :)


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