Ilish is the name of very famous fish consumed by Bengali people. Common names of this fish are Hilsha, Ellis, Pallu Macchi, Polasa and Pulasa. This fish is called by different name in various parts of India. Also the preparation becomes different as the hand changes. Today, we are going to learn about some recipes of Ilish mach (fish) as prepared in Bengali culture.
Ilish machher jhol
It is a typical type of curry prepared in Bengal which will definitely taste delicious to all of you. Even the ingredients used over here are very simple and preparation is quite easy.
- Ilish fish (4 big pieces)
- Mustard oil ( 1 full table spoon)
- Green chillies ( 2)
- Red chilly powder (optional)
- turmeric powder(half teaspoon)
- Cumin seeds (2 teaspoon)
- Onion ( ½)
First of all you have to fry all 4 pieces of fish which you have bought from the market. Take a round bottom separator or kadai and place it over your gas oven. Fill enough oil for deep fry. In another container keep the fishes and add turmeric powder, salt and a teaspoon of mustard oil. Use your hand to make the ingredient cover each piece of fish. Now heat the oil in the kadai and leave all fishes one by one in it. Fry it in slow flame till it becomes golden in color. Take out Ilish fishes and keep it aside.
Make a paste of cumin seeds and green chillies in mixer grinder and keep it aside. Now take a frying pan over flame and put 1 tablespoon of mustard oil. Add some black cumin seeds and get it bring some flavor. Now add the chopped onions and fry it till it becomes pale brown in color. Also add the paste you have made with cumin seeds and chillies and mix it really well with a spoon. Add half teaspoon of turmeric powder, salt according to your taste. Mix it with spoon and add a cup of water. Once the water starts boiling leave the cooked fishes one by one. Cut 2 green chillies half and add inside the curry. Switch off your gas after two minutes.
Your delicious Ilish machher jhol is ready. You can have it with steamed rice.
Ilish fish with mustard seed is one of the famous cuisines in Bengal. You will get the goodness of Omega 3 fatty acid which is retained in the Ilish fish. You need to spare only 15 minutes for collecting the ingredients. Recipe can be prepared in just 10 minutes. Here, you don’t have to fry the fish. Thus you save good time.
- Ilsha fish
- Chopped green chillies (2-3)
- Red chilli powder (1/2 teaspoon)
- Mustard seed paste
- Mustard oil
Take the pieces of Ilish fish in a container and add half spoon of turmeric powder, salt according to taste, and half teaspoon of mustard oil. Rub all these ingredients against each of the fish pieces so that all spices overlaps inside and outside the pieces of fish.
Heat a frying pan or kadai over your gas oven and add two spoon of mustard oil. Once the oil becomes heated add a spoon of mustard seed and fry it in slow flame. Also allow it to bring out wonderful smell. Now add the paste of mustard seed, turmeric powder, salt, chopped green chillies and mix it really well in show flame. You will get wonderful smell of the friend spices once it changes color. Leave your fish inside the pan and make the spices cover each fish really well. Add just half cup of water to the curry. You can now add some red chilli powder and green chillies to bring spicy taste along with wonderful flavor. If you need more salt, take the curry and add according to your need. Boil the gravy till 7 to 8 minutes by the time the fish gets boiled effectively. Once it is cooked, you can pour it to a serving bowl or a plate. Garnish with green chillies.
Ilish sorsey is ready for you with the flavor of Bengal. You will be hungry with its look and smell. Have it with steamed rice and enjoy the cuisine.