Pohala Fish Curry

Pohala Fish Curry

Pohala fish is a type of fish found in the coastal regions of Odisha, India. It is a popular fish among locals and is considered a delicacy. This fish is commonly found in the brackish water of the estuaries, creeks, and backwaters of the Mahanadi river, and is known for its unique taste and texture.

Pohala Fish Fry to eat Pakhala Bhata on Pakhala Dibasa

Pohala fish is typically small in size, with a silver-colored body and a slightly elongated shape. It is known for its delicate flavor and tender meat and is often used in a variety of traditional Odia dishes such as Pohala Jhola, Pohala Machha Curry (ପୋହଳା ମାଛ ତରକାରୀ), and Pohala Machha Fry.

Delicious Pohala Machha Tarakari

Pohala fish is a rich source of protein, omega-3 fatty acids, and various vitamins and minerals. It is low in calories and is considered a healthy food option.

Homamade Pohala Fish Curry for Lunch

The fish is commonly caught using traditional methods such as fishing with nets and traps, and is often sold at local fish markets. It can also be found in some restaurants that serve traditional Odia cuisine.

Pohala Machha Tarakari for Lunch

To prepare the curry, the fish is first cleaned and marinated with a mixture of spices such as turmeric, red chili powder, and salt. The marinated fish is then cooked in a gravy made with a blend of tomatoes, onions, ginger, and garlic. A variety of traditional Indian spices such as cumin, coriander, and mustard seeds are added to the gravy to enhance the flavor.

Hotel Style Pohala Besara Ready for Lunch

The dish is typically served with steamed rice and is known for its unique flavor and tenderness of the fish. The curry is a perfect blend of spices, fish, and the gravy that makes it a delicious and satisfying meal.

Pohala Machha Curry

Pohala fish curry is a traditional Odia dish and is enjoyed by the locals, it can be found in local restaurants and street vendors that serve traditional Odia cuisine. The dish is a great way to enjoy the delicacy of Pohala fish and experience the rich and flavorful traditional cuisine of Odisha.

N.B.: All these photographs used in this blog are taken by Manas Muduli and published here with his permission.

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