Poila Baisakh Special – Tel Koi

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Paila Baisakh, the first day of the Bengali New Year is just a week to go. Its definitely a big day for all Bongs all over the world. It’s a day to celebrate the joy of being a Bengali – food, new clothes and of course Rabindra Sangeet. The way of celebrating may have changed over time, but you just can’t find a Bengali who doesn’t want to celebrate this day. The Chaitra sale in Gariahat market is just something indispensable. If you are in Kolkata at this time of the year, you should definitely make it a point to visit Gariahat – from big shops to the street vendors, everybody has the “SALE” tag hanging.  The essence of Poila baisakh is being a Bengali in heart. You may celebrate it in a club with friends over a peg of JohnnyWalker, but your heart still beats to the rhythm of “esho hain Baisakh esho esho”.

We at Cook Like a Bong wanted to share our joy with you all, and so we have planned to share one recipe everyday till Paila Baisakh. Starting from today, the menu starts with the Bong favourite – fish. Tel koi is an authentic Bengali recipe, and a must have with warm rice for lunch.


  • 8 koi fish
  • 2 tablespoon cumin seeds
  • 2 teaspoon red chilli powder
  • 2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • ½ teaspoon garam masala
  • ½ teaspoon clarifies butter
  • 3 tablespoon mustard oil
  • Salt to taste


  • Grind 1 ½ tablespoon cumin seeds, and mix with the chilli and turmeric powder
  • Strain with a chakni, and mix with water
  • Heat the oil in a wok and add the extra cumin seeds
  • Put in the koi fish and the spice mixture
  • Pour in water and cook covered till the fish is soft
  • Sprinkle the garam masala and ghee
  • Serve hot with rice

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11 thoughts on “Poila Baisakh Special – Tel Koi

  1. Didi,
    Darun darun…!!! Tui aro bhalo bhalo jinish post kor..!! Ami to egulo try korte parbona ekhane, kintu porei bhallage 🙂
    Nacher chobita darun.. kotto choto tui 😀

    1. Thank you :). Tui blog-e visit korechis dekhe khub anando hache. Koi maach na peleo telapiya diye try korte paris. That’s american koi.
      Ae chobita amar class-5er time-er, Rabindra Sadan-er function.

        1. Sanjit,
          Aim not sure wat exactly you mean by gels Telapiyar jhal, but I presume you are searching for this one – half fry the fishes and keep aside. Slice the potatoes like in alu bhaja, half fry these too. Now sauté onions in little oil, add in ginger-garlic paste and toss for sometime, add the half fried potatoes, pour in chili, turmeric powder and salt. Stir till the potatoes get well coated with the spices(kashiye niyo). Pour in water and boil till the potatoes are almost done, add the fried fish and Cook till the fish become soft.

        2. telapia te nun holud diye makhiye rakhoon.kadai te tel garom hole bheje nin.kalo jeere phoron diye peyaj(choto-2 kore chopp kora)bhajte hobe,tar por peyaj aada rasun(olpo)ek sange bete niye kadai te dite hobe.nun holud diye bhalo maton bheje niye alpo jal dite hobe.mach diye makha-2 naba te hobe.

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