Boal Whole Fish 2

In our house fish curry is required on a daily basis I cook upto 3-4 fish curries a day as it is loved in my house. 

One of the main fish that is often ate in our house is Boal Mas as it is one of the favourites.

Boal Mas is commonly known as the helicopter catfish. It is found in South Asia. As I am from Bangladesh I grew up eating fresh Boal Mas all the time and became quite fond of it. 

I got married and moved to the UK where my mother in law taught me how to cook almost everything I know and one of them was Boal Mas with potatoes. I made it once and my family all enjoyed it thoroughly. It is one of the best recipes I have learnt whilst being in the UK so please find the recipe below. 

Ingredients for 4 People

6 slice boal fish

3/4 tbsp oil

Methi seeds

2 medium onion chopped

1/2 tsp salt

1 tbsp turmeric powder

2 tbsp chilli powder

1 tbsp coriander powder

6 piece potatoes

5 piece green chillis

Chopped coriander leaf


The fish will come frozen so the best way to clean the fish  is to put this in a bowl with warm water. Once this has defrosted I wash the fish with salt and water to remove any unwanted smell.

  1. Firstly heat the pan on the stove.Then I put the oil in.I add methi seeds to the Hot oil.
  2. Then I put chopped onions.Stir the onions for 2/3 minutes until the color is brown.
  3. Now I add the spices turmeric powder,chilli powder,coriander powder,salt and mix well.Pour a little amount of water.
  4. After 5 minutes I add potatoes and mix with spice very well.Cover and cook for 5 minutes over a low heat. 
  5. Then I put the boal fish pieces into the pan.Slowly and carefully mix with the gravy (this is to make sure each fish steaks stay as one piece). Cook for 7 minutes on medium heat. 
  6. After a minute I add some water.Shake the pan and cover.This is left on medium heat for 10 minutes.
  7. Then I put the green chillis and continue to cook for another 5 minutes.
  8. The chopped coriander leaf is added and leave for another 2 minutes then the curry is done ready to eat immediately.   

This boal fish curry is best eaten with plain  boiled rice. 

I really hope this recipe helps you make one of my favourite fish curry.

Inspired by Lucy Shanaz 

By Jarin Afja

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