|Place of origin||India|
|Region or state||Odisha|
|Main ingredients||Fish roe, gram dal, spices|
Maachha Bihana is the roe of a fish made into dumpling by some spice paste and fried to make spicy curry.
It is a typical dish prepared during monsoon season in coastal Odisha. The ova are collected from the sliced fish and a paste of black gram dal and spices are applied to make small balls. These balls are fried and made to a gravy based curry. Most popular is the Ilishi Maachha Bihana.
Recently, the environmentalist concerned the downfall in number of some species and creating awareness in restoring the fish population.
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