Aar Macher Jhol Recipe - Bengali Fish Curry

Aar Macher Jhol, a simple and easy Fish curry recipe which is cooked in almost all the Bengali households. It is easy to make and can be made in jiffy.

Karthika Gopalakrishnan
Aar Macher Jhol Recipe - Bengali Fish Curry
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Aar Macher Jhol is a Bengali Fish curry prepared with Aar/Rohu/Katla fish. The gravy is such an uncomplicated gravy which can be prepared in a jiffy with the items available in the pantry and tastes best with Steamed white rice.

Vegetables like Potato and Brinjal can be added in addition to the fish to enhance the taste and aroma of the curry. Made in every Bengali Household, it is perfect for our everyday meals.

Serve this tasty and easy to make Aar Macher Jhol along with Steamed Rice and Begun Bhaja for your everyday meals.

If you like this recipe, you can also try other Fish Recipes such as

  1. Goan Lady Fish Curry Recipe
  2. Meen Peera Recipe
  3. Kerala Style Fish Curry Recipe


Cuisine: Bengali Recipes
Course: Lunch
Diet: High Protein Non Vegetarian
Equipments Used: Hard Anodised Kadai (Wok)
Prep in

10 M

Cooks in

40 M

Total in

50 M


2 Servings


  • 1 Aar Maach (fish) , (rohu or katla), cleaned and cut into pieces
  • 1 Tomato
  • 1 Bay leaf (tej patta)
  • 2 tablespoons Ginger Garlic Paste
  • 3 Green Chillies
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin seeds (Jeera)
  • 1 teaspoon Coriander Powder (Dhania)
  • 1 teaspoon Red Chilli powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Turmeric powder (Haldi)
  • Mustard oil , as required
  • Salt , to taste
  • Water , as required
  • Coriander (Dhania) Leaves , Few sprigs, finely chopped

How to make Aar Macher Jhol Recipe - Bengali Fish Curry

  1. To begin making the Aar Macher Jhol Recipe, wash and clean fish pieces twice with water. Ensure they are properly cleaned.

  2. Add salt and turmeric powder to the cleaned fish pieces. Marinate it and set aside.

  3. Leave the fish marination for about 2 hours.

  4. In a heavy bottomed pan, add the required oil and heat over medium heat. Fry the fish pieces and fry until they turn lightly brown. The fish pieces should be half cooked.

  5. In the medium sized wok/kadhai, add the remaining oil and heat over medium heat.

  6. Once the oil is hot, add cumin seeds and bay leaf. Let it crackle.

  7. Add chopped tomatoes and cook until they become mushy. To the mushy tomatoes, add red chilli powder, coriander powder and ginger garlic paste.

  8. Cook until the raw smell goes off and the spice powders are absorbed by the tomatoes. Add water as per your required consistency and bring it to boil.

  9. Once the water starts boiling, add the fried fish pieces and cook them over low flame.

  10. Slit the green chillies and add them to the curry. Once the fishes are cooked completely and the curry reaches required consistency, season it with salt and switch off the flame

  11. Ensure the curry is cooked over medium flame once the fish pieces are added. If fish is overcooked, it might dissolve in the curry.

  12. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve warmly. Prepare Aar Macher Jhol and serve it along with Steamed Rice and Begun Bhaja for your everyday meals.