What Is Best Alternative To Rohu Fish?



If you live in North America and are a Bengali you most likely have Rohu or Rui Maach. It’s like a everydaty Bengali Fish. We get Rohu fish mostly imported from Bangaldesh as a whole frozen fish or cleaned and cut into froze cubes.

I found them sometimes too old almost more that a year from its original packaging date. Also, they overtime lose their freshness and original taste. Most of time I had to throw away the fish heads as they smell too fishy which I could have used it in the Muri Ghnto or Mache Muror Dal.

So I found this fish which is called Carp. It has almost the same taste as the Rohu fish, it’s a strong alternative for Rohu lovers. I get them live from store aquarium and it’s really cheap sometime avaiable for $1.99/lb. You need to take the whole fish which could be about 6-7 pounds. What I do it I freeze them and use it as much as I want. It’s always better than 1 year old frozen Bangaladesh rui maach.

You can cook Carp the same way as some of these Rohu fish recipes.

  1. Rohu Fish Kalia
  2. Doi Rui
  3. Rui Fish with Milk & Methi
  4. Rohu Fish Plain Jhol
  5. Muri Ghonto
  6. Macher Muro Diye Dal


If you’ve ever tried Carp fish do let me know and share your experience.


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  1. Thanks for such a helpful post. I am staying in US now and in search of good and fresh fish. Can you give ome names of stores where I will get this carp fish?

  2. I live in USA and have been looking for Rohu alternative for many years. I even fish in lakes and rivers myself. I have tried Carp and Buffalo here but they still do not taste the same as rohu back home. I wonder if environment and habitat for both us and the fish is causing this. Please note Carp in USA is not the same species as rohu but they of the same family Carp.