Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Rui maach garam masala bata diye / Rohu cooked in garam masala paste

rui mach recipe
This recipe is a keeper.
It belongs to my cousin didi's  mother in law, who uses garam masala paste to make this jhol.
That is the difference from other recipes. The garam masala paste is added from time to time during the koshaoing or when frying the other masalas.
The aroma that comes out is divine.
I am absolutely in love with this particular macher jhol.
If you eat fish, then I am sure you will want to make this again and again.
For your own self, for family, for friends.

And the fish ... usually Rohu / Rui ... is fried  till firm and crisp on the outside.
Somewhat like the fish pieces served in a biyebarir macher jhol. 
And to do that, you don't have to deep fry them .... as usually done. Just fry them on a flat pan, with minimal oil, on low heat to crisp the sides.  (You can follow the post here. )

But that is where the similarity ends.
I will come back with the recipe for the biyebarir macher jhol sometime later. But for now, let us focus on this wonderful macher jhol in garam masala.
Not at all complicated.
And divinely fragrant. And flavourful.

Do add a pinch ... or more ... of sugar to this when cooking ... it complements the flavour of the cinnamon and the masala paste in whole.

Can't write much today. So just the recipe for you.

rohu fish with garam masala

Need :

Laung / Cloves - 3
Dalchini / Cinnamon - 1" stick
Black cardamom / Elaichi - 2
Rohu fish - 4 pieces , washed and marinated in salt+turmeric powder
Onions - 2, chopped
Garlic - 8 cloves, chopped
Grated ginger - 1 tbsp
Tomato - 1 medium, chopped 
Haldi / Turmeric - ½ tsp
Red chilli powder - ½ tsp
Salt - to taste
Sugar - ½ tsp
Mustard oil - 4 tbsp
rui maacher jhol

How to :

The masala :

Soak the cloves , the cinnamon and the cardamom overnight. 
Make a paste in your chutney grinder.
It will be coarse .... no matter how many times I run it, it stayed coarse.
If yours turns into a smooth paste, do use that in the recipe.
Otherwise do as I did - strain the paste with a little water at a time till the residue is drained dry.
If you want you can run it in the mixer again and strain it.

The curry :

Heat 2 tbsp of the mustard oil.
Fry the fish  on low heat till brown on both sides.
It should be firm and not soft like when lightly fried. 
Remove and keep aside.

Add 2 tbsp oil to the kadahi and add the chopped onions , garlic.
Fry well.
Now add the grated ginger, the haldi powder, red chilli powder and the sugar.

Fry till everything has mixed well and starts to turn dry.

Now add the chopped tomato and fry on high heat till it turns soft and mushy.
Keep adding a spoonful of the garam masala water while frying the tomato masala.
Do keep stirring constantly.

You will need around 2 or 3 tbsp of the masala water ... of course you can add more if you want to.

When the masala has been fried well and starts to turn dryish, on high heat add 3 cups of water.
Add salt.
Cover and let it boil for around 5 minutes, on low heat.

Remove cover and add the fish pieces.
Cover and cook for  around 5 more minutes.
Remove cover and simmer for 5 more minutes till the gravy dries up and reaches desired consistency.

I kept it dryish.
You can keep more gravy if you want to.

rui maach with garam masala bata

Serve hot.
Goes great with steamed rice.



  1. I am sure its flavor awesome. Gorom bhaat diye just tempting..

  2. Hi Sharmila..Hope your roller coaster ride is over now and you are back to the stable ground once again :) ..I have tried your this recipe today with 2 changes..I used pestle and mortar to grind the garam masala and made it with Katla fish(it was in the fridge) instead of Rohu ..It came out pretty nicely..Next time will try with Rohu..Thanks for the recipe..Take care..Mona(Kolkata)

    1. Not yet Mona ... but hopefully soon. Thanks.
      Any masala made in a pestle and mortar is sure to have better flavours than the ones made in a mixer.
      So glad you liked the jhol.


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