By Madhusmita Kalita Pathak

Needless to say that Assamese people are prodigious fish-eaters. For centuries, Assamese people have been known as a fish-loving community. Fish markets in Assam are known for their sheer variety of fishes. Here we are
sharing some of authentic Assamese Fish Recipes for a delicious twist of your taste buds.

Bilahi Masor Tenga: Assamese Non-veg meal is not usually completed without this extremely popular sour curry. This curry is prepared with tomatoes, boiled potatoes and any kind of freshly found fishes. The mouth-watering sour curry will make sure that you lick your plate clean!

Manimuni Narasingha paator jool: Bringing together the goodness of Magur Fish (walking catfish), Manimuni xaak (Asiatic penny-wort) and Narasingha paat (curry leaves), this is a must have healthy dish!  Try it out, you won’t regret.

Patot dia xaru maas: Are you in search of a healthy plus simple fish recipe then your search ends here.  It's a tempting recipe with full of flavors. When locally found small fishes are steamed inside a banana leaf pocket then its aroma will make you hungry for sure.

Aari Maasor Khar jool: Do you want a simple Assamese fish recipe with minimal spices then here it is. This dish is made by cooking Aari Fish (a variety of cat fish) in khar gravy to get the unique flavours.

"The traditional ingredient "Khar" is made by filtering water through the ashes of a banana tree, which is then called kola khar (The name derived from the locale term of Banana, "Kol" or "Kola")." Courtesy: Wikipedia

Paanilau Maas: A delicious combination that makes bottle gourd and tomatoes taste amazing! .Simple but a healthy fish curry.

Ou Tenga Dhekia aru Maasor jool: If you ask an Assamese the types of fish curry generally they have had, Maasor Tenga will top their list. And why not; when fish cooked with big chunks of Ou Tenga (elephent apple) and fresh Dhekia (Fiddlehead ferns) to such perfection it has got to be the best.

Paleng xaak aru Kaoi  Maas: Spinach has extremely high nutritional value and it is rich in antioxidants. Fried Kawoi fishes are cooked with Chopped Spinach to perfection. It tastes best when served with steamed rice.

Pura Maas Pitika: A much loved recipe from our native. Freshly found local fishes are fire-grilled and mashed with chopped onions, chillies, ginger, salt and few drops of mustard oil. Taste? Just heavenly! Try it.

Aadar Jaal dia Borali Maas: Little bit spicy fish curry straight from the kitchen of Lower Assam (especially very popular in Barpeta District). Cook up Borali Fish in a ginger gravy and team it up with steamed rice to create a perfect, Assamese meal.

Thekera dia Maasor Tenga: When we are talking about different types of sour curry than how can we forget the most popular traditional dish "Thekera dia Maasor tenga" ? This is a lip smacking recipe with goodness of the main souring agent "Thekera (Garcinia)".

Xaru Maas Bhoja: Preparation of this recipe usually doesn't require much of ingredients. Turmeric powder and salt coated small fishes are stir fried with chopped onions, green chillies, garlic cloves and chopped coriander leaves.

Til dia Maas: “Til” is sesame seed and “Maas” is Fish and when the mix of the two is perfectly blend, there are very few dishes that can beat this simple preparation.

Xaru Maas xaak Bhaji: This is my personal favourite recipe. A delectable dish cooked with mix leafy vegetables and small fishes is something you can enjoy with rice.

About the contributor: Born and brought up at Sonapur [Kamrup (Metro) district, Assam] Madhusmita Kalita Pathak at present lives in Bangalore, working as a web content writer and Food Blogger. Although she writes about many cuisines for different sites, particularly she specialized in authentic Assamese cuisine. As a food blogger Madhusmita’s immense effort to showcase Assamese Cuisine to the foodies across the globe has led to her community page and blog “Assamese Recipes with Heath & Soul”. Visit her Food Blog and Community Page Click 1 2

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