Rui-Macher-Jhal---bengali-Macher-Jhol-recipe

Aloo Diye Macher Jhal Recipe

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This Rui Macher Jhal recipe is very close to the original Bengali Shorshe bata diye Macher Jhal where Rohu pieces are cooked in a mustard sauce gravy. With a couple of extra ingredients, this Indian fish curry recipe is the perfect gluten-free side dish to be served with perfectly cooked Indian Basmati rice.

This fish recipe of rui macher jhal is also dairy-free and nut-free. Unless you are allergic to fishes or mustard seeds, this macher jhal is a perfect option for those who are avoiding the top food allergens.

Rui-Macher-Jhal---bengali-Macher-Jhol-recipe

There is a Bengali dish of Shorshe Bata diye Macher Jhal (Fish cooked in Mustard Seeds paste gravy). But I like to call this dish as ALOO DIYE MACHER JHAL in Bihari style.

Now, you must be wondering, why Bihari-style? Apart from potatoes, there is another ingredient which sets this dish apart, and that is GARLIC!

Bihar, another eastern Indian state, has its own cuisine. While everyone has heard of Litti Chokha or Thekua, but very few people have actually come across the everyday cooking from this region.

Hailing from this region has its own perks. While we get to enjoy our own traditional Bengali cuisine at our house, every once in a while we would be treated by the neighbors with their delicacies.

In most of the everyday cooking, garlic is very generously used. Its pungency is only seldom frowned upon, and there is no concept of over-use of garlic. The more, the merrier perhaps!

So, in this Shorshe bata & Aloo diye Rui Macher Jhal recipe, garlic slices are added to the oil in the beginning so that it releases its oils and becomes more aromatic.

How to make Aloo Diye Rui Macher Jhal – Ingredients list

  • Rui Maach – Rohu Fish – Carp
  • Potatoes
  • Mustard seeds
  • Mustard Oil
  • Garlic
  • Turmeric Powder
  • Salt

Substitutes for Rui Mach or Rohu Fish

Usually, Rohu can be found at any Indian grocery store or any South Asian grocery store. However, if you cannot find one or would like to know about rohu fish substitutes, you can try something from this list.

  • Bhetki Mach or Barramundi or Asian Sea Bass
  • Basa Fish or Swai or Bocourti
  • Mahi Mahi
  • Cod
  • Pollock
  • Tilapia
  • Halibut

In case, you wish to try this recipe and you do not have any kind of fish in your freezer, you can use Prawns instead. De-vein and clean them properly. You can leave the tail and head if you like. And use them int his recipe in place of rohu.

And, if you do not any prawns as well, you can still try this recipe with Eggs. Yes, you heard it right. Make the gravy as per this recipe and use hard-boiled eggs instead of fish. In fact, I already have that recipe on my blog in details. You can check it here, Dim Shorshe recipe.

Make-ahead or Freezing Option

You can make a big batch of it and store it in an air tight box in your refrigerator for a week. You can also freeze individual portions for 2 weeks.

You can make the Mustard Seeds paste ahead and refrigerate it. Before serving, simply fry the potatoes and cook the fish with the Mustard seeds paste.

Rui-Macher-Jhal---bengali-Macher-Jhol-recipe

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Step-by-step instructions for this Rui Macher Jhal recipe in Bengali style

Aloo Diye Rui Macher Jhal Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 

This Rui Macher Jhal recipe is very close to the original Bengali Shorshe bata diye Macher Jhal where Rohu pieces are cooked in a mustard sauce gravy. With a couple of extra ingredients, this Indian fish curry recipe is the perfect gluten-free side dish to be served with perfectly cooked Indian Basmati rice.

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Bihari
Keyword: Bengali Fish Recipes, Fish Recipes, Macher Jhol, Rui Macher Recipes
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 173 kcal
Author: Priyanka
Ingredients
  • 6 Rohu fish pieces
  • 2 Potatoes Medium -Sliced lengthwise
  • 4-5 Garlic Cloves
  • 2 tbsp Mustard Oil
  • 1 tsp Mustard Seeds
  • Salt to Taste
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 2 Green Chilies Adjust as per taste
Instructions
  1. Grind the Mustard Seeds, Turmeric Powder, and Salt together with some water into a fine paste. Note that there shouldn’t be any graininess of the seeds. It should be an absolute fine paste.
  2. Heat oil in a pan and add the sliced potatoes. Fry them till they are cooked. It should take somewhere between 4-5 minutes.
  3. Now chop the garlic and add them to the potatoes.
  4. Make some space in the pan by pushing the potato slices toward the side. Place the fish pieces. Let them seer, for couple of minutes. We are not looking to fry them or char them dark. Just a light fry to one side.

    Use a wide bottom pan accordingly.

  5. In 3-4 minutes, turn the fishes over. There should be a golden hue to the fried side.
  6. Add 1/2 cup water, chillies & mustard seeds paste and lower the heat. Cover the pan with a lid and allow it to simmer for just a couple of minutes.

  7. Then remove the lid and adjust the seasoning. Add salt as required. Add water for gravy as per requirement.
  8. Serve hot with rice.
Recipe Notes

Aloo Diye Macher Jhal Recipe

Considering 6 Cod Fish Fillets have been used instead of Rohu. Each weighing around 40g.

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