river water hilsa festivals – the prized catch @ saffronstreaks

Have you fixed your date with ‘queen of fish’ yet ? If not then hurry up !! as she is going to stay here for few weeks more. 😀

Monsoon is definitely the season for hilsa or ilish – fondly known as ‘queen of fish’ because of its unique taste and characteristic silvery look . These fishes are also great swimmers as they crosses thousands of miles in oceans to spawn their eggs in fresh or estuarine waters.

Some of the tastiest breeds of hilsa are those from the river Padma in bangladesh (‘padda r ilish’),  river Rupnarayan in hooghly (‘kolaghater ilish‘) and river Ganges (‘ganga r ilish‘).  Also saltwater hilsa known as ‘nona ilish‘ or ‘salty hilsa’ are there, but they are not as tasty as their counterparts in fresh waters.

There are hundreds of ways to cook this fish and you can really go innovative with the preparation.  You can smoke it, fry it, steam it, bake it , stew it with egg plants, curd, green raw mangoes, coconut…and churn out literally endless dishes.

Some of the hilsa recipes that we would like to showcase here for the event are :

Ilish / hilsa aam kasundi       Narkel ilish / Ilish moulee     Bhapa ilish / steamed hilsa    Hilsa fish head recipes

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We are inviting sumptuous Hilsa recipes from bloggers / non-bloggers alike and here are some simple rules for the event which will be through the month of August 2011

1) If you are a blogger – then please trackback your recipe from this page [ link your recipe here and link back this event page on your recipe page] and drop the links in my inbox at the email id given below

2) If you are a non-blogger then please send your recipe with your name, pic of the dish and recipe to saffronstreaks@gmail.com

3) You can also share your hilsa festival experiences with us by leaving your views in comment section and also let us know about the hilsa festival in your town.

Some of the river water hilsa festival around the town and worth visiting are ;

1) Oh calcutta river water hilsa festival which was concluded recently and main attractions were : lanka ilish / spicy chilly ilish; sorshe ilish / hilsa in mustard ; aam tel ilish / mango hilsa; and anarosh ilish / hilsa with pineapple. Read the restaurant review here.

2) Hilsa festival @ Aromas, Kenilworth, Kolkata from 21st July – 21st August; menu has not been revealed but it will definitely take you by surprise

3) What happens when chingri / prawns meets with ilish / hilsa, a gastronomical extravaganza waiting to be happened; where ?@ Kalas, HHI, Kolkata and Ilish paturi, bhaja ilish, bhapa ilish, dhuandhari ilish and anaroshi ilish with gorgeously decked up chingris.

Let us indulge in the hilsa madness and enjoy !!

Bon appetite  !!!