March 12, 2014

Pyanj tomato diye salmoner patla jhol (light salmon curry with onion and tomato)

Pyanj tomato diye salmon-er jhol

There are some things I get from Whole Foods (no one is paying me for this claim, it's just what I do), fish and meat being a few. They are one of the few places that carries smelt during spring, fresh from the lakes.

I am also on a lookout for good salmon on sale whenever I go. If I find one, it is a prized possession because it makes for a creamy cooked fish. My go to recipe with it is baked and broiled with some spices and it makes a great dinner or lunch.

I got one such salmon fillet when my parents were visiting last year. Usually, they make a kalia kind of curry with salmon because they find the smell strong. But this fish was so fresh that they decided to make a light jhol/curry which is usually reserved for freshest of fish.

You can easily substitute salmon with any other fresh fish - tilapia or even small fish like smelt.

With a little tomato and onion forming the base of the curry, this was a great lunch with some steamed brown rice.

(serves 4-6)
1 fillet Fish - cut into 4-5 pieces
1 large tomato - chopped
1/2 onion - chopped
2 green chilli
1 tspoon kalo jeere (nigella seeds)
1/2 tspoon turmeric powder
1/2 tspoon cumin seed powder
Salt to taste
5-6 tbspoon oil
bunch of cilantro - chopped

Shallow fry the fish in 3-4 tbspoon oil. Set it aside.

Temper the rest of the oil with nigella seeds and green chilli.

Then add the onions and saute for 3-4 minutes. Add the tomatoes, turmeric powder and cumin seed powder and let it cook with closed lid for a couple of minutes.

Then add salt and 1 cup water and let it cook for till it comes to boil. Add the fish pieces and cook on low for 3-4 minutes.
Pyanj tomato diye salmon-er jhol

Add the cilantro and take it off the heat. Let it rest for 2-3 minutes. Then serve with rice.

Serve with hot rice. 


  1. Aahaa.. khaNsha... I wish I could eat this right now... even I am big on salmon... usually broiled or pan seared. Jhol ekhon o banai ni... though I make it with shorshe sometime... I have to try this one...

    1. Progna, besh bhalo hoye chilo, try korte paro.

  2. Never cooked salmon in curry apart from frying, delicious dish.


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