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%Maach Makha recipe debjanir rannaghar

Maach Makha | Bengali Fish Salad | Maach-er Bhorta

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Maach Makha aka Macher Bhorta aka Mach Sana is a light fish salad prepared with freshwater carp and a few basic ingredients. The recipe is super easy and this salad is comforting yet loaded with Bengali flavors.


  • 6 Belly Pieces of Rui mach or Katla Mach (freshwater carp)
  • 1 Onion
  • 1 Tomato
  • 3 Green Chilies
  • 1/2 bunch Cilantro
  • 1 Tbsp. Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 Tsp. Tamarind pulp
  • 1/4 Tsp. rocksalt
  • 1 Tsp. Salt
  • 1/2 Tsp. Turmeric Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp. Radhuni (optional)
  • 3 Tbsp. Mustard Oil (extra for deep frying)



  1. Take the fish chunks and marinate those with 1/2 Tsp. each of salt and turmeric powder.
  2. Heat  Mustard oil in a pan.
  3. Heat it till the oil changes color.
  4. Now place 1-2 fishes and fry those on medium flame and then turn to the other side.
  5. Fry the other side as well.
  6. Once properly fried, strain the fish from the oil.
  7. Similarly fry remaining fishes.
  8. Cool the fishes.
  9. Meanwhile, roughly chop the onion and also tomato.
  10. Chop green chilies and also cilantro.
  11. Now take the fired fishes in a bowl.
  12. Debone the fishes. 
  13. Crumble those using your finger.
  14. Now add chopped onion, tomato, green chilies, cilantro to the fish.
  15. Add lemon juice 1/4 Tsp. each of salt and also rock salt.
  16. Add tamarind pulp also.
  17. Finally add 1 Tbsp. Mustard oil and mix everything lightly.
  18. Now dry roast Radhuni and crush it. 
  19. Mix 1/2 portion of the crushed radhuni with the mach makha. This step is optional.
  20. The makkha is ready.


  • Instead of fish with bone you can use boneless fish chunks as well.
  • You can add other ingredients such as cucumber, pickle, carrot to the salad. 
  • You can completely skip Radhuni. However, it gives an amazing flavor to the fish salad.
  • Instead of Mustard oil, you can use olive oil; however, the pungency of mustard oil enhances the flavor.
  • Prep Time: 5min
  • Cook Time: 15min
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Cooking
  • Cuisine: Bengali


  • Serving Size: 150g
  • Calories: 221
  • Sugar: 1.6g
  • Sodium: 955mg
  • Fat: 11.6g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.8g
  • Carbohydrates: 3.3g
  • Fiber: 0.9g
  • Protein: 24.9g
  • Cholesterol: 43mg
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