Macha Bhaja / Masala Rohu Fry

Pakhala and Macha Bhaja, is the most staple food in every Oriya Family. The most common fish which is consumed in Orissa is Rohu. It is a river water fish and is comparatively cheaper. In summer, people have Macha Bhaja with Pakhala Bhata, an excellent coolant to beat the heat of scorching summer. Cooked rice is mixed with water, curd and tempered with oil , mustard seeds and curry leaves. At the end, you squeeze some lemon juice and enjoy the tangy rice with pan fried fish. Well, the idea of Pakhala Bhata (Rice in flavoured water) is somewhat bizarre to many. However, it’s the most soothing food available in Orissa during Summer Season.

What You need:

1 Rohu Fish 1 kg
2 Turmeric Powder 1 tsp
3 red chili powder 1 tsp
4 salt 1 tsp
5 Garlic Cloves 10
6 Mustard Seeds 1 tsp
7 Green Chili 2
8 Cumin Seeds 1 tsp
9 Mustard Oil 3-4 tbsp

Steps To Make:

Marinate Fish with turmeric powder, red chilli powder and salt.
Grind garlic, mustard seeds, cumin seeds and green chilli with little water to a smooth paste.
Heat 1 tbso mustard oil in a pan on high flame.
Once oil reaches  smoking point, lower flame and cook 6-7 marinated fish on both sides till they are almost done.
Add this point, smear some mustard paste on both sides of fish and cook for some more time till fish is cooked completely.
Sprinkle some lemon juice and enjoy.


  1. fry dear......i all time fav.

  2. Fish fry is my kids fav... looks crispy and spicy... delicious :)

  3. Masala Fish fries look tempting;

    the preparartion ( addition of the wet masala and the use of mustard oil) sounds new (for me) and interesting; look very yummy with the Pakhala and aloo!!

  4. Very nice fry. Looks so catchy n yummm...

  5. I will not say same pinch but I also prepared fish today.

    It is called Poo meen(flower fish). We made curry from it so I said I wont say same pinch.

    Your prep looks good and new to me.

  6. Fish fry looks delicious and very tempting..

  7. looks so tempting,the recipe is very nice and different,will surely try this one too..

  8. yummy yummy fish fry..looks mouthwatering..

  9. I love fish but dont cook it at home, looks delicious.

  10. fish fry looks tempting..would love to have with rice.Ur version sounds gr8.

  11. pakhala is so yum... I love it with fish fry too...

  12. Rohu fish is my favourite and seeing the picture I feel like having it. Wonderful presentation with yummy pictures.

  13. YOu are amazing Soma! muaaaaaaaaaah