Mustard Fish Curry
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Sarse Bata Boal Maach – Mustard Fish Curry Recipe from Kabita’s Kitchen

Barali or Boal Mas is a freshwater catfish commonly known as helicopter catfish or wallago catfish. It is mostly found in lakes, swamp or large rivers.

Various regional names are:

Assamese – Barali
Bengali – Boal
Bhojpuri – Barari
Hindi – Barwari
Kannada – Balai
Maithili – Barari
Malayalam – Attu Valai
Manipuri – Sareng
Marathi – Baloo
Odia – Boallee
Punjabi – Mully
Tamil – Valai
Telegu – Valaga

Today we will discuss a delicious Assamese/Bengali recipe made out of mustard paste and barali/boal fish. This recipe is shared by our guest author Kabita.

Sarse Bata Boal Maach

Sarse Bata Boal Maach - Mustard Fish Curry

Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4 Person


  • 4 Large Pieces Barali (Boal) Fish
  • 2 tbsp Mustard Seeds
  • 4 Green Chillies
  • 1/2 tbsp Cumin (Jeera) Seeds
  • Coriander Leaves for Garnishing
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Turmeric (Haldhi) Powder
  • 50 gm Mustard Oil
  • Salt To Taste


  • Soak mustard seeds in water for 30 minutes. Then, put mustard seeds in a grinder and grind to make a smooth paste.
  • Wash the fish pieces properly and marinate them with salt and turmeric powder.
    Now, heat oil in a pan over medium flame. Once hot, add these marinated fish pieces on it and fry till they turn brown from all the side. Keep it aside.
  • In the same oil in the pan, saute by adding cumin seeds. Add 2 sliced green chillies and mustard seeds. Fry for 1-2 minutes.
  • Add turmeric and salt. Mix well.  Now pour a little hot water in this pan along with fried fish pieces. Let it simmer for 5 minutes. Keep medium flame.
  • When gravy thickens, add 2 sliced green chillies and chopped coriander leaves. Mix the ingredients.
  • Remove from fire. Sprinkle 1 tbsp of mustard oil.


Serve hot along with steamed rice.
Enjoy and Bon Appétit!!

A foodie and natural cook!!!

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