Ammu's Bele Mach er Chochchori (Bele Fish)

    43 mins

    A chochchori is a rich dish with a lot of onions spiced up with turmeric and red chilli powders. This dish brings back fond memories of my mother calling out from our veranda to a Mach-wala, and buying a bunch of fresh fish jumping up and down in the water of the container. A Mach-wala is a man who goes around neighborhood streets carrying an abundance of fresh live fish in a big pot like container on top of his head. The dish tastes great when the fish has just been bought and cooked fresh.


    Dhaka, Bangladesh
    5 people made this

    Serves: 5 

    • 250 gram ( 7-8 pieces) Bele Mach ( Bele Fish)
    • As needed Salt
    • 2 tablespoon Vegetable or Soyabean oil
    • 1 to 1/2 cup Sliced onions
    • 1/2 tablespoon Turmeric powder
    • 1/2 tablespoon Red chill powder
    • One handful Coriander leaves
    • 5-6 Green chillies cut in half along the length
    • 2 cups Water
    • For garnishing, 2-3 Dry red chillies
    • For garnishing, 5-6 Cucumber slices

    Prep:8min  ›  Cook:35min  ›  Ready in:43min 

    1. Wash Bele Mach ( Bele fish) with salt and cold water and set aside on a plate.
    2. Snapshot of spices and basic ingredients.
    3. On a pan, pour oil, add sliced onions, turmeric powder, red chill powder, salt, coriander leaves and green chillies. Turn on the heat and stir and mix well over medium heat.
    4. Add two cups of water ( you can add one or two cups more of water if you want the gravy to be watery) and simmer until the water boils. It should take around 30 minutes.
    5. Garnish with red chillies and sliced cucumbers.


    During step # 4, you can add one or two cups more of water if you want the gravy to be watery.

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