Pohala Jhola Recipe (Pohala Fish Curry)

Sai Priya
Pohala Jhola Recipe (Pohala Fish Curry)
1548 ratings.

‘Pohala’ fish is a common variety we get in local fish market. Usually small sizes are available through out the year. Few days back when I went to the biggest Fish Market in Bhubaneswar I managed to get some big sizes.This curry is a spicy fish curry which can be enjoyed with hot steam rice. Fish are fried first with a generous amount of Mustard Oil. You can use different cooking oil too.

Serve Pohala Jhola with hot steamed rice for a delicious weekday lunch or dinner.

If you like this recipe, you can also try other Fish recipes such as

  1. Meen Peera
  2. Kerala Style Fish Curry
  3. Goan Mackerel Curry


Cuisine: Oriya Recipes
Course: Lunch
Diet: High Protein Non Vegetarian
Equipments Used: Cast Iron Shallow Frying Pan
Prep in

10 M

Cooks in

40 M

Total in

50 M


4 Servings


  • 300 grams Pohala fish
  • 1 teaspoon Turmeric powder (Haldi)
  • 2 Tomatoes
  • 2 Onions , red ones
  • 4 Green Chillies
  • 8 cloves Garlic
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin powder (Jeera)
  • 3 tablespoon Mustard oil
  • 3 cups Water
  • Salt , as required

How to make Pohala Jhola Recipe (Pohala Fish Curry)

  1. To begin making the Pohala Jhola recipe, clean fish and give marks on it with knife. Add turmeric and salt and keep aside for 5 minutes.

  2. Make a paste of garlic, onion, green chili and grind the tomatoes coarsely.

  3. Heat oil in a cast iron pan and fry fish on both side until they are done. It will take 3 to 5 minute.

  4. Take them out, add onion masala paste in the same pan and fry for a minute.

  5. Add tomato paste, salt and fry for another 2 minutes until it's done. Add water and let it boil for 2 minutes more.

  6. Add cumin powder and mix well. Immediately add fried fishes to it and cook for 2 minute at low flame.

  7. After 2 minutes, switch off the stove and it is ready to serve.

  8. Serve Pohala Jhola with hot steamed rice for a delicious weekday lunch or dinner.

Published in Fish Recipes