Boiled fresh water Fish

It was a lazy Sunday for me and my dear hubby. And as with many, when the situation is such, we too were reminiscing about the days that were. As both of us completed our schooling from the same school in the State of Arunachal Pradesh, India, there were many common stories including our love for boiled dishes of the state prepared with fresh and diversified aromatic herbs of North Eastern India. Although many of the herbs are now not available to us, we still decided to try our hands on two of such boil recipes. We were filled with proud parental delight when both the kids gave us their thumbs up after trying out the dishes. Here is my boiled fresh water fish recipe.


Serves 4

Prep time 10mins

Cook time 20 mins


4 pieces of Rohu Fish, cut into steak pieces

1/2 tsp Cumin powder

1/2 Capsicum

1Tomato, roasted, skinned and roughly chopped

1tbsp Lemon juice

Salt to taste

1 big sizeOnion, roughly chopped

2 green chillies, slit or if you want it hot you may chop them

1tbsp Garlic, roughly crushed

1tsp Yellow mustard powder

2 medium sized potatoes, cut length wise into wedges

2 glasses of water


Wash the fish with salt and water, this helps to get rid of the fishy smell🙂. Take two glasses of water in a kadhai, add salt and bring to a rolling boil. Once the water boils, add cumin powder, capsicum, potatoes, tomatoes, onions, chillies, garlic, yellow mustard powder, stir and mix well. Lower the heat and let it simmer for around three minutes. Now tip in the pieces of fish in the soup. Add lemon juice too. Mix and close the lid. Simmer it for 10 minutes on medium heat. Remove from heat, rest it for few minutes. Garnish with coriander leaves (optional...for me it was not available). Serve with steaming hot boiled rice.

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