Pabda is one of the popular fish that Bengalis love to eat. It’s a very delicate fish and tasty also.
In English, it is called Catfish. Pabda Dorset Khalifa means Pabda fish cooked in Mustard gravy is a very popular authentic bengali dish.Here I did a twist with this popular dish, I cooked this fish in both mustard and tamarind gravy.

The name Ganga Jamuna calls to mind two prominent rivers of India - The Ganges and its tributary river Yamuna. The reason behind the name of the dish  is  the unique way of preparation. Two kinds of gravies are made - one tamarind based; another mustard based. One side of the fish,  is immersed in tamarind based gravy while the  other side is in  mustard based gravy.
Author - Moumita 
Preparation Time - 5 Minutes 
Cooking Time - 15 Minutes 
Servings - 2 

Pabda Mach or Catfish-2 (descale and cleaned)
Onion-1 (small) paste
Ginger Paste-3/4 teaspoon
Garlic Paste-1/2 teaspoon
Red Chilli Powder- 1 teaspoon
Coriander Powder- 1 teaspoon
Cumin Powder-1/2 teaspoon
Turmeric Powdet7-1/4 teaspoon
Tamarind Water -2 teaspoons (diluted into warm water for 30 minutes, mash the tamarind properly. .add strain the water into a bowl)
Green Chillies -2
Mustard- 2 teaspoons
Oil-1/4cup+1/2 teaspoon
Salt to taste


Marinate the fishes with turmeric powder and salt, keep aside for 15 minutes.

Grind mustard seeds in mixer on low speed, then add little bit water and green chillies to make a fine paste.Keep aside.

Heat oil in a  big frying pan,as this is very big fish and delicate  also..so if you take small pan..fishes will may get broken.

 Add fish pieces and fry until light brown...remove from heat and keep them aside. Remove little bit oil also from heat and keep aside.

Add onion paste into the remaining oil, sauté till light brown, add ginger garlic paste...Cook until oil gets separated.

Add Cumin,  1/2 portion turmeric , coriander and red chilli powder and little bit salt. ..mix well..continuously stirring for 1-2 minutes.

Add tamarind water, bring it to boil, when the water starts boiling, simmer the gas arrange the fish pieces into the pan carefully as 1/2portion of the fishes is in the gravy.cook it for another 2 minutes until gravy is dries up.

Heat oil in some other pan, add mustard  green chilli paste, remaining turmeric powder and little bit salt ..add  1/4 cup water..bring it to boil..when the water will start boiling, simmer the gas. ..Cook it until gravy dries up.

Take the fishes from tamarind gravy carefully and arrange the fishes untouched side on mustard gravy...Cook till gravy dries up a bit.

Take a plate, pour some tamarind gravy,.put the fishes on this gravy..now pour some mustard gravy of these fishes..garnish with chopped coriander leaves and green chillies.

Serve with hot steamed  rice.

NOTE:-  if you do not get Pabda or Catfish..you can make this preparation  using any other  fish.                                                                       


  1. darun recipe eta akdom onyo rakom. banabo ami. amar 6 bachorer chele akhon ki bhalobese pabda khay. next time pabda elei eta namabo

    1. Amar meye o go ki bhalobase mach khete...amra to ok beral boli..nischay banio...banie bolo puchkur kamon laglo

  2. Being a vegetarian I m not filat with the dish but seeing it I bet it tastes yum

    1. Thanks a lot dear...being a vegetarian you liked my dish..I am so glad.

  3. Hi Moumita, such a lovely way to prepare catfish, I love food prepared like this.

    1. Thanks dear.I know you love Indian Cuisine.

  4. Great recipe Moumita! Never had this prepartion of pabda. Will try next time.:) Happy Puja!

    1. Thanks dear..Actually I have not get koi..so tried this recipe with Pabda.