Welcome to the culinary realm of Assam, a northeastern state of India, where the flavors of Assamese cuisine come to life. In this culinary journey, we’ll be diving into the heart of Assamese culture to explore a delightful dish known as Assamese Fish Fried Rice. This recipe captures the essence of Assam, rich in local flavors and cultural heritage.


“Assamese Culinary Treasures”

  • Author: Rettaikili
  • Prep Time: 30minutes
  • Cook Time: 15minutes
  • Total Time: 45minutes



For the Fish Marination:

  • 250 grams of freshwater fish (like Rohu or Catla), cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 teaspoon Assamese masala (a blend of spices commonly used in Assamese cuisine)
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 tablespoon mustard oil

For the Fried Rice:

  • 2 cups Basmati rice, cooked and cooled
  • 23 tablespoons mustard oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 23 green chilies, slit lengthwise
  • 1 teaspoon ginger-garlic paste
  • Salt to taste
  • Fresh cilantro leaves for garnish


Step 1: Marinating the Fish

  • In a mixing bowl, combine the fish pieces with Assamese masala, turmeric powder, and mustard oil.
  • Gently coat the fish with the marinade, ensuring each piece is well-covered.
  • Allow the fish to marinate for about 15-20 minutes, letting it absorb the flavors.

Step 2: Sautéing Aromatics

  • Heat 2-3 tablespoons of mustard oil in a pan over medium heat.
  • Add finely chopped onions and slit green chilies to the hot oil.
  • Sauté until the onions become translucent and emit a fragrant aroma, typically for about 3-4 minutes.
  • Stir in the ginger-garlic paste and continue to sauté for another 1-2 minutes until the raw smell disappears.

Step 3: Cooking the Marinated Fish

  • Carefully add the marinated fish pieces to the pan.
  • Cook the fish, gently turning them occasionally, until they acquire a beautiful golden color and are fully cooked. This might take approximately 5-7 minutes.

Step 4: Combining with Cooked Rice

  • Add the cooked and cooled Basmati rice to the pan with the cooked fish and aromatics.
  • Gently fold everything together, making sure the fish, rice, and spices blend harmoniously.
  • Season the mixture with salt to taste, and continue to cook for an additional 2-3 minutes to heat the rice thoroughly.

Step 5: Garnish and Serve

  • Once everything is well combined and heated through, remove the pan from heat.
  • Garnish your Assamese Fish Fried Rice with fresh cilantro leaves for added flavor and color.
  • Serve hot as a delightful and flavorful meal, embodying the essence of Assamese cuisine.
  • Enjoy your homemade Assamese Fish Fried Rice, a culinary treasure from Northeast India, rich in local flavors and cultural heritage.

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