Macher Matha Diye Badhakopi

How to make Macher Matha diye Badhakopi

Macher matha diye badhakopi is a delicious bengali recipe where fish head is cooked with cabbage with aromatic spices!

How to make Macher Matha diye Badhakopi

Difficulty:BeginnerPrep time: 10 minutesCook time: 30 minutesServings:5 servings


Macher Matha diye badhakopi is a Bengali delicacy. This absolutely mouth watering preparation can be made with any freshwater fish head and cabbage. The cabbage is cooked till it has a melt in the mouth texture and is combined with aromatic spices and crisp fish head pieces. This recipe is surely a keeper!



  1. Clean the fish heads thoroughly and coat with salt and turmeric powder
  2. Add 3 tbsp. Mustard oil to a pot set on high heat
  3. Add fish head pieces and fry till crisp
  4. Set the fish aside
  5. Reduce heat to medium 
  6. Add cumin seeds, cinnamon stick, green cardamoms, cloves and 1 bay leaf 
  7. Add turmeric powder, salt (to taste), 1/2 tsp. sugar and ginger paste
  8. Give it a quick stir
  9. Add garlic cloves and stir. (You don’t have to brown the garlic)
  10. Add cumin powder and red chilli powder. You can splash some water in the pot if it’s too hot and you think that the masalas could burn
  11. Give it a quick stir
  12. Add the fried fish head
  13. Add cabbage along with some salt (to taste)
  14. Place the lid on for 2 min so that cabbage wilts a little and it’s easier to stir it
  15. Mix the cabbage with the fish
  16. Place the lid on till the cabbage becomes soft. Stir the curry every 5 min so it doesn’t burn
  17. If the cabbage doesn’t ooze out water, you can sprinkle some water so that cabbage turns nice and soft
  18. Check for salt and sugar
  19. Add ghee and keep stir frying the cabbage till it looks oily and easily glides on the surface of the pot
  20. While stirring you can break the fish head into smaller pieces so the taste of the cabbage enhances
  21. Add garam masala powder and mix
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