Maacher Jhol (Bengali-Style Fish Stew)

Bengali-Style Fish Stew (Maacher Jhol)

Bengali-Style Fish Stew (Maacher Jhol)

No Bengali meal is complete without maacher jhol, fish simmered in a tomato-based curry scented with mustard oil and the region's distinctive mix of five spices: toasted fenugreek, nigella, cumin, black mustard, and fennel seeds.Ingalls Photography

No Bengali meal is complete without maacher jhol, fish simmered in a tomato-based curry scented with mustard oil and the region's distinctive mix of five spices: toasted fenugreek, nigella, cumin, black mustard, and fennel seeds. This recipe, from author Indrani Sen's grandmother, first appeared in our August/September 2014 special India issue with the story Required Eating.