Aar Machher Jhal or Aar fish Curry

We love aar machh and have cooked it in various ways. The dish most loved by my family is this Tel moshlay Aar machh Bhaja. The Aar Machher Tel Jhal is also something my family look forward to, when we bring this fish home. However, all these dishes takes a bit of preparation and time.

When I am in a hurry, and don’t have time to cook something elaborate, I usually cook this Aar Machher Jhal. I prefer to add potato and bori too while cooking this. My son loves potato in fish curry and I love the bori part of it. So once I combine them, this become a very interesting lunch for all of us.

Aar Machher Jhal

Ingredients for Aar Machher Jhal

  • Aar Machh – 500 gms
  • Onion – 1
  • Potato – 1
  • Garlic – 1 tsp
  • Bori – 12-14
  • Salt and turmeric – as required
  • Kao jire or kalonjiseeds- a pinch
  • Green chili – 5-6
  • Red chili powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Coriander leaves – 2 sprigs
  • Mustard oil for cooking

How to make Aar Machher Jhal

Fry the fishes with a smear of salt and turmeric. Keep aside.

Heat oil in a kadai and fry the bori till brown. Keep aside.

Peel and slice the potato and fry with a pinch of salt and tirmeric in the same oil. Strain and remove from heat.

Add some more oil if required. Then temper the oil with pinch of kalo jire and slit green chili. Add chopped onion with a pinch of salt and fry.

When onion starts changing color, add thw garlic paste. Fry till the raw smell is gone.

Sprinkle salt, turmeric and red chili powder. Fry the masala with 1 tbsp of water till oil starts coming out of the masala.

Add the fried potatoes and fry for 2 minutes.

Now place the fried fish pieces into the kadai. Mix with the masala.

Add a cup of hot water and cook for 6-8 minutes over medium heat.

Once the potatoes are cooked through, add the fried bori to the kadai.

Cook for 2 minutes and then adjust the seasoning. Sprinkle chopped coriander leaves.

Keep for a standing time of 30 minutes and then serve with plain rice.

Aar Machher Jhal
Aar Machher Jhal
Aar Machher Jhal