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2 Rohu Fish Recipes From India: Mustard Curry and Fried Snack

Chitrangada has nutrition in mind when cooking for her family. Making tasty nutritious food is a skill she has perfected over the years.

Rohu is a freshwater fish that makes a delightful fried snack or appetizer.

Rohu is a freshwater fish that makes a delightful fried snack or appetizer.

What Is Rohu Fish?

Rohu, also known as rui and roho labeo, is a freshwater fish that is a member of the carp family.

Found in the rivers of South Asia, including my home country of India, it is almost a staple food in the northern and eastern regions of India.

In India, different varieties of fish are found and eaten in different regions.

There are so many ways to prepare them—all unique and all delicious—and the ingredients vary according to their availability in that particular region.

I often prepare rohu on the weekends, when the whole family relaxes and enjoys good homemade food together.

I learned how to cook from my mother, and I believe in passing on the legacy of cooking traditional Indian food to my children, as well. I recently showed them how to prepare rohu in a traditional mustard curry, and I thought my readers would also like to have the recipe.

Recipes on This Page

  1. Rohu snack or appetizer: This tasty fried snack also works well as an appetizer. Serve with soft drinks and cocktails.
  2. Rohu with mustard curry: The special ingredient is the mustard masala (spice mix). Those who like the pungent flavour of mustard will love this dish.
Fried rohu fish makes a delicious snack or starter.

Fried rohu fish makes a delicious snack or starter.

Recipe 1: Rohu Snack or Appetizer

Ingredients

  • 1 kilogram fresh rohu fish, scaled, cleaned and cut into pieces
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder, for marinating
  • 1 cup mustard oil (8 fl oz or 240 ml)

Instructions

  1. Buy fresh rohu fish from the fish market. Ask the seller to scale, clean, and cut the fish into pieces. At home, clean the pieces with fresh water, and then wipe away the excess water.
  2. In a large bowl, marinate the fish pieces in salt and turmeric powder. Make sure that the pieces are coated thoroughly. Set aside for 30 minutes.
  3. Place a heavy-bottomed pan over medium heat and heat for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the mustard oil and heat thoroughly.
  4. One by one, add the marinated fish pieces to the oil. Do not overcrowd the pan; I recommend adding no more than four pieces at a time. After the fish has become golden brown on one side, carefully turn the pieces over to the other side. Use a flat, wide spoon for turning.
  5. Transfer the fried fish to a plate. Fry the rest of the fish pieces in the same way.
  6. Serve as a snack or a starter with soft drinks and cocktails.
Rohu fish in a delicious mustard curry

Rohu fish in a delicious mustard curry

Recipe 2: Rohu With Mustard Curry

Prep time: 30 min

Cook time: 40 min

Ready in: 1 hour 10 min

Yields: 5 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 kilogram fresh rohu fish, scaled, cleaned and cut into pieces
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder for marinating + 1 teaspoon turmeric powder for curry preparation
  • 1 cup mustard oil (8 fl oz or 240 ml)
  • 2 tablespoons homemade garlic paste
  • 2 tablespoons mustard seeds, freshly ground
  • 2 tablespoons dry coriander, freshly ground
  • 1-2 tablespoons red chilli powder
  • 2 tomatoes, finely chopped
  • Coriander leaves, finely chopped, for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  1. Buy fresh rohu fish from the fish market. Ask the seller to scale, clean, and cut the fish into pieces. At home, clean the pieces with fresh water, and then wipe away the excess water.
  2. In a large bowl, marinate the fish pieces in salt and turmeric powder. Make sure that the pieces are coated thoroughly. Set aside for 30 minutes.
  3. Place a heavy-bottomed pan over medium heat and heat for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the mustard oil and heat thoroughly.
  4. One by one, add the marinated fish pieces to the oil. Do not overcrowd the pan; I recommend adding no more than four pieces at a time. After the fish has become golden brown on one side, carefully turn the pieces over to the other side. Use a flat, wide spoon for turning.
  5. Transfer the fried fish to a plate. Fry the rest of the fish pieces in the same way.
  6. Make the mustard gravy: Wet-grind garlic cloves to make a paste. Grind together with the mustard seeds, coriander seeds, turmeric powder and chilli powder. Add a sufficient amount of water to make a smooth paste.
  7. Heat the same pan that you used for frying the fish. Add a bit more mustard oil and reheat the pan. Add the mustard paste mixture and fry over low heat. When the oil starts separating, add the finely chopped tomatoes. Continue frying till the oil separates. You should be able to smell the aroma of the mustard gravy by this time.
  8. Add enough water to the mixture to bring the gravy to a boil. One by one, carefully add the fish pieces back into the pan. Cook for another 5 minutes.
  9. Garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves (if you like), and serve with boiled rice.

Tips and Suggestions

  • For best results, always buy fresh fish.
  • Make sure the fish is cut properly. There is a right way to do it, and the fishmonger should know how.
  • Rohu fish has bones, and it should be cooked and eaten with them.
  • It’s better not to freeze rohu. This is because once you thaw it, it will release a lot of moisture, and it and it will be difficult to fry properly. Moreover, it may not taste the same as fresh fish would have.
  • During the frying process, use a wide, flat spoon to turn the fish. Otherwise, the fish pieces might break. Similarly, while making the curry, the fish pieces should be handled carefully so that they do not break.
  • Instead of the tomatoes, you can use lemon juice. However, the lemon juice should be added at the very end, after the cooking has finished.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Chitrangada Sharan