Rui Maacher Jhol – A Bengali-style Rohu fish curry that is a fish curry that is cooked with tender potatoes. A simple recipe laden with flavours, but truly comforting and soul-fulfilling in a way that only some dishes can.
Rui Maacher Jhol – Known as one of the signature dishes from the ever-delicious Bengali cuisine, this spiced fish stew is truly a dish that has my heart. The way the flavour of the soft tender potatoes mixes with the Rohu fish, it’s truly incredible and I cannot make enough of this dish at home – and for good reason!
This Rui Maacher Jhol or Jhola like it is called in some parts, is best served with some hot steamed rice. I like eating it with some crispy parathas too, but it’s completely up to you. The flavour of the bay leaves and the tender potatoes with the fish, tenderly cooked in spicy gravy just takes this dish to another level. Rui Mach or Rohu fish is supposed to be a regular in every Bengali household, and for good reason. Simple to cook and healthy to eat, and super comforting too.
As you all already know by now, fish is a family favourite and is cooked quite often in the house and this dish has graced many a sit-down dinners for friends and is O’s favourite too. These days I get asked to cook this so often that I now know it by heart!
Some time ago, in my one and only trip to the City of Joy, this darling friend of mine Bee, gifted me this gorgeous and brilliant “The Bengal CookBook”. I find this so funny, but in the recent past the gifts that I have gotten from my online friends represent me more than the gifts that friends who know me since forever have given me. I sit and wonder what does it really mean? Nonetheless, as usual, I digress, back to the book – I use it a lot these days and have made many dishes using it but if there is a single most-loved dish I make from here it’s the Rui Maacher Jhol, also called Carp Curry in the book.
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