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Sunday, April 3, 2011

Chuna Maccha Tarkari ( Chuna maccha with besara )

Cooking Time Required: 10-15 mins
Cost of preparation: 30-35 rupees

Ingredients: Chuna Maccha ( 250 gm ), mustard seeds ( 2 tsp ), cumin seeds ( 1/2 tsp ), pancha phutana ( 1/4 tsp), curry leaves ( 1 sprig ), green chilli ( 2 nos ), garlic flakes ( 5-6 nos), ambula ( 1-2 nos ), salt, turmeric, mustard oil ( 2 tsp ).

Preparation: Clean the fish throughly. Add salt and turmeric and keep aside for 15 mins.
Grind the mustard seeds, cumin seeds and garlic flakes into a smooth paste.

Cooking: Heat a flat pan. Add 2 tsp mustard oil followed by the pancha phutana, slit
green chillis and curry leaves. Allow seeds to crackle.

Add the mustard-cumin-garlic paste and stir for 30 secs. Add 1 cup of water along with the salt and ambula pieces . Bring to a boil.

Add the fish and allow to boil for 5-6 mins while stirring carefully at intervals. Allow most of the water to evaporate till a thick mustard layer remains over the fish.

Remove from fire and keep aside for 10 mins.

Serve with rice and dal.

Note: One can substitute the ambula with lemon juice ( 1 tsp ).

Chuna maccha according to Oriya cusine can be any small fish upto 2-3 inches in length. It is more popularly called smelt fish or anchovies. It scores over the over larger varities in terms of health benefits and lower toxin accumulation levels as belongs to the lower strata of the food chain.



  1. Slurp, mouthwatering here...feel like having some..

  2. Looks so delicious.A totally new recipe to me..The color is tempting !!

  3. looks so delicious dear...n i'm really jealous of you dear....I'm trying to get this fish over here for quite some time without any luck :-(


    1. Really mouth watering. No doubt this particular Oriya cuisine has got no comparison.

  4. I don't think I've ever tried smelt...sounds good!

  5. Super duper, but i Don't understand many of the ingredients u've listed.

  6. THis is totally new to me. Loved this.

  7. oh ..Now i understand thename of the dish, after seeing the pic from foodista.. What is ambula by the way ?

    1. It is dried mango seed with little amount of dry pulp. Sour in taste..


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