Chuna Macha (smelt)- 500 grams
Green chilli- 3
Mustard- 1 teaspoon
Garlic- 2 cloves
Onion- 1 small

Masala- Soak mustard seeds with garlic and green chillis. Grind into a fine paste.
Wash and drain water from the fish. Add turmeric powder and salt. Set aside.
Dice onion into very fine pieces. Dice 1 green chilli into small pieces.

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a flat fying pan. When oil is hot, add fish.
Cook under high flame and stir the fish so that it does not get burnt. When the fish starts to brown, add onion and green chillis

Fry till the onions brown with the fish. Add 1 teaspoon  of the ground paste. Mix well with the fish. Stir for 2 more minutes and serve hot with Pakhala

Note: If you want to keep it simple, you can just fry the fish with turmeric and salt.

3 Responses
  1. pradeep sahu Says:


    when i read your article means how to cook very well .After that i felt very happy, even i dont have
    word to express.

  2. Abhaya Sahoo Says:

    I become very excited when I see oriya recipes going worldwide .It reminds me my childhood when I was
    very fond of it .Almost all dishes are mouth watering .Basi pakhala with saga bhaja is really delicious
    than any other dish I’ve taken in big restaurants .I am very thankful to the oriya providing
    valuable and mouthwatering recipes across the globe .Hats off to the team…………

  3. Susmita Says:

    photo awaited … please add a photo of the final product.. it will encourage readers to try it..
    You know one picture can express thousand words .. 🙂 good luck

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