Monday, March 14, 2011

Shorshe Ilish (Hilsa in mustard)/ Bhapa Ilish



Hilsa fish, commonly known as 'Ilish maachh' in Bengal is very much popular fish among Bengalees. Any preparation with Ilish becomes Bengal delicacy. Ilish is actually considered as national fish of Bangladesh and it is extremely popular in the Indian states adjacent to Bangladesh border. It is actually a sea fish but it lays egg in rivers and thats the time when they are caught, that is why sometimes we get eggs inside the fish and which makes it even more tasty. Any preparation of Ilish usually doesn't require much of spice as the aroma of the fish itself is enough to make the dish delicious. Today I want to share the recipe of 'Shorshe Ilish', a famous Bengali delicacy, which is actually Hilsa cooked in mustard sauce. This is one of the easiest preparation of Ilish and can be cooked in Microwave also.


Ingredients:

Hilsha/Ilish fish 5 or 6 pieces
Mustard seed 3 tbsp
Onion 1pc (finely chopped)
Green chili 4 to 5
Turmeric powder 1 tsp
Salt (as per taste)
Sugar (as per taste)
Mustard oil


Method :

1. Soak mustard in water for about an hour and then grind it into a fine paste.

2. Clean the pieces of Ilish fish and placed it in a steel container box having lid.

3. Add the mustard paste to the fish and then add chopped onion, turmeric powder, slitted green chilis, salt and little sugar and finally 2 tbsp mustard oil mustard oil. Now mix the whole mixture so that the paste get mixed thoroughly with the fish. Now close the lid of the  container.

4. Heat a large pan and add about 4 cups of water. Now placed the steel container inside the  pan . Cover the pan and let it cook in high flame for about 5 minute and then  reduced the flame and cook for another 12 to 15 minute(Check the level of water inside the pan at regular interval it shouldn't get dried up).


5.   In case of Microwave preparation, mix  whole ingredient including the fish  in a microwave safe  closed container. Close the lid and cook it in microwave for 8 to 10 minute.
6.  Serve hot with steam rice. 

14 comments:

Jay said...

wow...such a mouthwatering recipe...sounds awesome Sunanda..:)
Tasty appetite

divya said...

Slurp, mouthwatering here, awesome clicks....

Hamaree Rasoi said...

After trying the microwave version I'm quite hooked to fast microwave style. But no comparison to stove option. It brings out the best taste ...I'm sure it tasted well dear

Deepa
Hamaree Rasoi

Tina said...

its new to...looks delicious n colourful...

Torviewtoronto said...

looks delicious

Ambreen said...

This looks wonderful...nice blend of flavors. I've got an award for you! Please come by and pick it up :)

n33ma said...

I have never tried fish and mustard together!this looks yummy!

Madhu said...

ooks really authentic Sunanda. Will try it out.

Only Fish Recipes said...

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Dr. Sunita Banerji said...

Hi. I am the founder of a chain of botox treatment centers in Juhu, a suburb in Mumbai. Don't let the surname fool you. I am Punjabi married to a Bong but divorced. I tried making the recipe as mentioned above but used a steamer. I also replaced the hilsa with the Kingfish Mackerel (surmai) readily available in Mumbai's fish markets. It tasted great. I had a question? Is a two-tiered steamer (with boiling water below and the fish placed in the compartment above) good for cooking this or should I stick to a pressure cooker for greater taste. Since the upper compartment had perforations for the steam to enter, I wrapped the fish and the accompanying sauce in banana leaf. When it was ready, the yellow fish pieces and sauce over the green leaf added a great visual accompaniment.

Debolina said...

Hi Sunanda !! Lovely dish. However, i would also like to share my favourite hilsa recipe with you.http://rememberance.in/2012/09/24/got-hilsa-ilish-today-at-the-fish-market/

Debolina said...

Hi Sunanda, I would love to share with you my favourite hilsa recipe. http://rememberance.in/2012/09/24/got-hilsa-ilish-today-at-the-fish-market/

soma banerjee said...

Sunan Di..thank you so much for sharing this recipe as it has made it easy for me to try cooking this without a ring placed in the pressure cooker... this is more customised mode..thanks once again!

Nurunnahar Amily said...

Your post look yummy & delicious, I must try it. Thank you. Recipes.

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