My mother though very fond of fishes has this typical inhibition towards trying fishes she had not
tasted in her growing years. For example, she doesn’t eat aar maach, boyal, loitta etc on the ground
of having never eaten any of these fishes during her formation period. She would cook these fishes
with such precision that she doesn't know the taste of them would appear a bit shocking. Many a
time me and my sister tried all our means to convince our mother for having a bite into Aar maach,
the fish she cooks so deliciously taking an effort so much as asking neighbors and relatives for
recipes. But she is mulish not to even try.
Those who have tasted Aar maach know how its taste bears a hint of boyal and bhekti combined
together. I for one love this fish a lot. My father and my in laws all are very fond of Aar Mach.
Though its not so easy availability outside Bengal has impeded this fish from growing popular, but
for Bengalis, after Hilsa, Rui and Katla, Aaar maach creates a typical wow moment.