Rui macher pulao( Rohu fish in flavored rice)

Today is 'Mahalaya'. Mahalaya marks the start of 'Devi paksha' the traditional six day countdown to Mahasaptami starts from Mahalaya. Visit of Goddess Durga on earth referred as Durga puja or Sharod Utsav starts from Mahalaya. Mahalaya is an auspicious day for Bengali's all over the world. The Hindu Goddess Durga, the Goddess of supreme power invited to descend on earth by Mahalaya. The enchanting voice of Birendra Krishna Bhadra broadcasting from radio filled up the predawn time of the day, inviting Goddess Durga to come on earth to destroy evil power. Bengali's waits a year long for this festival, Durga Puja. 

Like me, Bengali's who are now not in India basically in Kolkata is homesick or cherishing the past moments of Durga Puja celebration in Kolkata. Here we also celebrates Durga Puja in following Saturday or Sunday  after Mahalaya, but that not the same as we celebrate in Kolkata. In my childhood waking up in early morning and listening Mahalaya with sleepy eyes is unbelievable experience. Though Durga puja will starts after six days of Mahalaya but that time our puja starts on that day only. 

Puja means new clothes, puja means good home made food,meeting with friends and relatives, Pandal ( temporary temple build by bamboo or wood for community puja celebration) hopping, eating street foods, street fairs, it's a heart bonding celebration for Bengali's.

Bengali's has a foodie culture, in every occasions and festivals food is a priority. I started my food preparations for Puja from today. I will share my Bengali  food recipes for Puja celebration in my coming blog till puja ends. Today I am sharing Rohu fish pulao, Rohu is a very common favorable fish among Bengali's. The fish pulao recipe is our family recipe I learned it from my dad. Here Rohu fish is easily available in all Indian or Bangladeshi  fish market. Hope, you will like this recipe.

Serves - 2

Preparation time - 20 minutes

Cooking time - 60 minutes


Fried fish pieces

4 piece of Rohu fish

1 1/2 cup of Basmati rice                     

1 onion thinly sliced

1 tbsp ginger paste

1/2 cup tomato paste

1 tsp turmeric powder
Frying onion 

1 tsp red chili powder                                                                      
1 tsp coriander powder

1 tsp cumin powder

1 tbsp broken cashew nuts
Frying fish with masala

1 tbsp raisins

1 onion paste

1 tsp sugar

1 dried red chili

1 bay leaf

1 tsp garam masala powder
Fried onion

1 tbsp whole garam masala

1 tsp kewra water

2 tbsp ghee/ butter

2 tbsp mustard oil

Salt for seasoning


Rub turmeric powder and salt into the fish pieces. 

Heat mustard oil in a pan. when it turns to smoking point fry fish pieces until nicely brown.Take out and keep aside.

Soak washed basmati rice for 1 hour then heat 4 to 5 cups of water in a big pan. Add 1 tsp of salt and 1/2 tbsp of whole garam masala, When it starts bubbling add rice and cook until 95% done. Drain out the water and spread cooked rice on a shallow tray.

Heat oil in a frying pan add sliced onion and fry until golden brown, drain in a paper towel and keep aside.

Heat  ghee or butter in a dutch pan, add bay leaf, whole dried red chili, 1/2 tbsp of whole garam masala. When it starts crackling add onion paste, fry until light brown, add tomato paste, salt, sugar, chili powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, ginger paste and saute. Cook until oil separates from masala. Add fish pieces gently without breaking them. Coat masala evenly on both sides of fish pieces. Cook for 5 to 6 minutes in low flame.

Arrange a layer of cooked rice on over the fish pieces, then add fried onion, garam masala powder, kewra water, cashew and raisin. Add another layer of rice over it. Pour 1 tsp of ghee over the last layer. 

In very low flame keep the dutch pan for 30 minutes. Close the lid tightly. Before serving mix everything very well, cautious about fish pieces it tends to break. Serve hot and taste an authentic Bengali dish, Rohu fish pulao. It's a complete dish but if you like you can have salad or raita with it.

Happy Durga Puja to all:)


  1. Yes it is, Thanks for stopping by.... Wishing u happy Durga Puja


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