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Fish: The true love of Assam

There are many local fishes found in Assam. Fish is an important part of Assamese cuisine.


The mighty river Bhramaputra is a good source of some wonderful spices of river fishes. The local fishermen catch fishes using simple net in river Bhramaputra and sold them in the local markets. In the sub-rivers also many fishes are found which are also as good as to taste as the fishes of Bhramaputra.

Fishes are found in ponds and paddy fields also, specially during summer in rainy seasons. Local boys catch those fishes for enjoyment and for selling in the local markets.

Sometimes ponds' fishes tastes much sweeter than river fishes. There are many indigenous fishes found in Assam. Assamese love to eat fishes by making sour fish curries ( masor tenga) or by grilling on open fire and making "pitika" and by cooking in banana or turmeric leaves.

Each and every part of a fish is cooked and liked by Assamese including fish head and of course intestine parts. Masor patu or fish intestine is cooked in many different ways and liked by the people of Assam.

There are many different fishes found in Assam. Below are some of the fishes found in Assam with its English names.

Assamese name-English name
Rou mach - Rohu fish
Singee mach- Stinging catfish
Goroi mach - Green snake head
Puthi mach - Swam barb
Kawoi mach - Tilapia
Magur mach - Catfish
Kusia - Eel
Borali mach- Barilius barila
Bhokua - Catla fish
Rup chonda - Pomfret
Mua mach -
Hol mach - Murrel fish
Boriyola mach -

* Please correct me if I am wrong in any of the above English names & help me to add more fish names.

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