Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Chital Macher Muitha (Fish Dumplings)

Chital Macher Muitha (Fish Dumplings) is an exotic preparation among the Bangals (People of East Bengal). Since my husband is a Ghoti (Native of West Bengal) and I being a Bangal we often argue about the differences and have fun... While growing up my ma used to make us very good and tasty food, on some special occasions she would make Chital Macher Muitha. I still remember it was such a lengthy process for her to separate the fish from the thorns for this preparation. The other day when I visited a Indian/Bangladeshi store to buy fish, I saw a box which said "Chital Meat Minced", I was overjoyed and bought a box. Since I already got the minced and cleaned fish, it was now easy for me to make the Muitha (Dumplings) and the gravy. My husband tasted this for the first time and now it is a hit at our home.

Ingredients: Chital Macher Muitha
  • 1 Box Chital Minced
  • 1 tbsp Ginger Paste
  • 1 tbsp Garlic Paste
  • 1 tbsp Green Chilli Paste
  • 1 tsp Roasted Cumin Powder
  • Salt 
  • 1 Onion Paste
  • 1 tbsp Ginger Garlic Paste
  • 1/2 Tomato, chopped
  • 1 Potato,  Cubed
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 2-3 Cloves
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick
  • 2 Green Cardamom
  • 1/2 tsp Garam Masala Powder

To make the Muitha (Dumplings/Kofta) mix the minced fish with the Ginger Garlic Paste, Chilli Paste, Cumin Powder and Salt. I know some people use boiled potato or corn flour but I prefer just not to use any binding agent. In a pan, boil some water, now wet your hands and take a small portion of the mixture, give it a round shape. Drop the balls in the hot boiling water and wait till the color changes, take the balls out after 2-3 minutes.

Using a paper towel or napkin, drain the excess water and shallow fry the Muitha/Dumplings in a pan.

For the gravy, heat oil in a pan, fry the Potato cubes and keep aside. Heat oil in the same pan add the Cloves, Cinnamon, Cardamom and Bay Leaf, leave for a minute and then add the Onion, Ginger Garlic paste, stir fry till the paste becomes brown in color. Add the chopped Tomato or Tomato Puree, Salt, Green Chilli Paste and cook till you can see oil separating out. Pour 2 cups of water, the fried Muitha/Dumplings, fried Potatoes, cover and give the gravy a boil.

Garnish with Garam Masala Powder and serve the delicious Chital Macher Muitha with Plain Rice.


  1. this is a wonderful dish glad you posted this thank you!

  2. wow so delicious and superb fish dumplings !!

  3. What a great authentic recipe- thanks for sharing :)
    US Masala

  4. Slurp, wat a delicious fish dumplings, simply makes me hungry..

  5. Wow..that looks super super tempting..nice recipe..

  6. Different dish!! Looks delicious..


  7. Wow you were lucky enough to get hold of the clean minced fish box at the store. Onek khatuni hoto nahole....Onek bhalo hoyeche dekhte. Frankly speaking I never got the opportunity to taste this delicious dish

    Hamaree Rasoi

  8. Delicious looking curry... so tempting.

  9. hey dats a gud idea ....dumpling made of fish....i just need some rotis

  10. Aree daruun.. onek din dhore khuje berachhi ei recipe.. thnx a loooot for sharing Anu...Some awards are waiting for you in my blog..

  11. They look very inviting with that gravy..

  12. Lovely! The fish dumplings is making me hungry for lunch, I better go and start my preparations...!

  13. ekdom darun hoeche.....perfect...ekhane sweet water fish ekdom pachi na...

  14. Thank you everyone for the lovely comments !!

  15. Hey where do you get chitol mach without "kanta"? is it available in indian stores?

  16. @Anonymous: I got this Chitol minced meat from a Indian/Bangladeshi store.

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  18. Such yummy dumplings. So comforting and delicious!
    Love the ingredients used in them, and the sauce, as well:DDD

  19. so many time i heard about dis dish...but first time i will try.thank u very much to help me to give a wonderful surprise to my family

  20. @kasturi: Thanks !! I am glad it will help you..

  21. Nice posting for recipes. interestign this post and that's delicious look . yummy

  22. tried it the other day, turned out very tasty....thank you

  23. Thanks so much for this post. I am a ghoti married to a bangal so I like to cook bangal dishes but don't have any knowledge about that. This is so helpful. Thanks again!

  24. Hello

    This is fabulous. Do you have the authentic recipe of how to prepare the chital mach...mince will not be available for us at Kolkata.

  25. thanks, it was very good! I did get afraid it would fall apart and used about 1/4 cup of basmati rice, then I roasted and ground it to use for the dumplings.
    Thank you!


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