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Best tel koi recipe with detailed instructions.
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Course Main Course
Cuisine Bengali
Keyword tel koi
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes


  • 4 large koi mach

For frying

  • salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 2 tbsp mustard oil plus extra for frying fish

For gravy

  • 2 tbsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tbsp poppy seeds
  • 1/2 tsp red chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/3 cup mustard oil
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 green chilies slit
  • Salt to taste


  • Add salt and turmeric to washed and cleaned fish. Set aside for 15 mins.
  • Heat 2 tbsp mustard oil in a pan and lightly fry the fish (approximately 2 mins on each side). Remove and keep aside.
  • Grind poppy seeds and mustard seeds with chili and turmeric powder into a smooth paste. Now add 1/2 cup water to the paste.
  • Add the remaining mustard oil to the pan. Once hot, temper with green chilies.
  • Add the diluted mustard paste to the pan. Adjust salt and cook over low heat until oil separates.
  • Add the fried fish and cook over low heat until most of the water has evaporated.
  • Serve with steamed white rice.