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Pohala Jhola

Pohala Jhola
Pohala Jhola
  • Prep time
  • Cooking time
  • Serves2 Person(s)
  • CategoryNon-Veg
  • Cuisine TypeHomestyle Cooking, Indian
  • Good for Lunch
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About this recipe

"Pohala" fish is a common variety we get in local fish market in Odisha. Usually small sizes are available through out the year .Few days back when i went the biggest Fish Market in Bhubaneswar i managed to get some big sizes.You can't really find anyone here eating fish with fork & spoon . "Eating using your hand" culture has been passed on for generations here .This traditional practice to enjoy one's food brings that personal connection with food feeding not only your stomach but mind. The practice of eating with your hand has originated thousands of year ago and is widely followed in other parts of the world like Philippines, Middle East countries etc. I have never seen anyone eating a burger with knife or having the famous Indian street-food "Panipoori" with a spoon .But in the other way you can't drink your soup without a spoon, Isn't it!! Now let's come to our recipe ,it's a spicy fish curry which can be enjoyed with hot steam rice. Fish are fried first with a generous amount of Mustard Oil. You can use different cooking oil too.

Ingredients for Pohala Jhola

  • 300 gm Pohala Fish
  • 1 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 2 Tomato ,medium size
  • 2 Red Onion ,medium size
  • 4 Green Chili
  • 8 cloves Garlic
  • 1 tsp Cumin powder
  • 3 tbsps Mustard Oil
  • salt to taste

How to cook Pohala Jhola

  1. Clean fish and give marks on it with knife. Add turmeric and salt and keep aside for 5 minute.
  2. Make a paste of garlic,onion,green chili. Grind tomatoes coarsely . Heat oil and fry fish on both side until they are done.It will take 3 to 5 minute.
  3. Take them out ,add onion masala paste in the same pan and fry for a minute. Add tomato paste,salt and fry for another 2 minute until it's done.
  4. Add water and let it boil for 2 minute. Add cumin powder and mix well .Immediately add fried fishes to it and cook for 2 minute at low flame.its done.serve hot.
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