Chitol Maach er Bori

This brings back memories. I remember my dad used to bring this 3 foot long fish whenever possible and cleaned it up for my mother to cook. Our family was huge ,so we got equal number of “borees” each. Few in number, but , a taste that will linger in your mouth long after. This fish is not as big these days though. I had such a pleasant surprise that I found this fish in the market here. I have tasted it after more than 30 years. Ah memories. I have tried to replicate my mom’s recipe here. Do try it and let me know


chitol mach er bori nutri



  1. Clown knife fish (chitol mach) flesh : 250 grams
  2. Potato             : 1
  3. Onion             :           2
  4. Ginger                                  : 2 inch piece
  5. Salt  : according to taste
  6. Turmeric powder                         : 1 tea spoon
  7. Chilly powder   : 1 teaspoon
  8. Cumin powder                                : 1 tea spoon
  9. Coriander powder  : 1 tea spoon
  10. Gram masala powder  : ½ tea spoon
  11. Oil   : 6 big spoons
  12. Water



Pre Preparation:

  1.  Take one potato and cut it into two halves
  2. Boil one half of the potato in water
  3. Scoop the fleshy part out(without the bones) with a spoon


To be added to the flesh:

  1. Add boiled potato to the flesh
  2. Add salt
  3. Add grated ½ ginger
  4. Add grated ½ onion
  5. Add black cumin


  1. Mix them well and pat it into a ball



  1. Boil water in a sauce pan
  2. Pat the flesh into a ball with oil in hand and drop into the boiling water


  1. Let it to boil for 7-8 minutes
  2. Remove the meat ball and let it cool on a board
  3. While the meat ball is cooling, heat the oil in a wok
  4. Once the meat ball is cooled, cut it into small square pieces


  1. Fry these square pieces till they turn golden brown


  1. Set them aside


In the same oil :

  1. Add cumin powder to the oil
  2. Add the other half of the boiled potato
  3. Add grated onion
  4. Add turmeric powder , chilli powder , coriander powder
  5. Add ginger paste
  6. Add a pinch of sugar
  7. Stir for 5-6 mins on medium flame till the oil is discharged from the potato
  8. Add two cups of water
  9. Heat them it they come to a boil
  10. Add the meat balls
  11. Cover the wok with a lid and let it simmer for 10 minutes
  12. Sprinkle some garam masala and add some ghee to the top
  13. Serve this delightful bori and enjoy it’s beautiful taste

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Tasted this Curry…….loved it anyway

    Liked by 1 person

    1. sabaribook says:

      It is different from the normal preparation of any fish curry 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

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