ilish Archive

  • Steamed hilsa flavoured with aam kasundi (aam kasundi diye ilish maach) is one of the classic way to enjoy this queen of fish called ilish / hilsa of which Bengalis are so fond of and emotionally attached too. Before we venture further into the recipe, let me give you a little insight into kasundi. Pure kasundi is also known as Bengali’s  mustard sauce made with black mustard seeds, Brassica juncea most commonly known as mustard greens, mustard oil, bit of […]

    steamed hilsa flavoured with aam kasundi – a bengali mango mustard sauce

    Steamed hilsa flavoured with aam kasundi (aam kasundi diye ilish maach) is one of the classic way to enjoy this queen of fish called ilish / hilsa of which Bengalis are so fond of and emotionally attached too. Before we venture further into the recipe, let me give you a little insight into kasundi. Pure kasundi is also known as Bengali’s  mustard sauce made with black mustard seeds, Brassica juncea most commonly known as mustard greens, mustard oil, bit of […]

  • …narkel ilish or hilsa (fish) steamed in coconut milk… I know, it sounds strange a little, but hilsa is one such fish which gives ample scope of experiments. Having attended some hilsa festival in the town, I got intrigued by the idea of using coconut milk in hilsa preparation. So this one purely crops up from my imagination and it left scope for improvisation.  This recipe is entirely inspired by another signature dish of Bengali cuisine – Prawn malai curry. […]

    narkel ilish

    …narkel ilish or hilsa (fish) steamed in coconut milk… I know, it sounds strange a little, but hilsa is one such fish which gives ample scope of experiments. Having attended some hilsa festival in the town, I got intrigued by the idea of using coconut milk in hilsa preparation. So this one purely crops up from my imagination and it left scope for improvisation.  This recipe is entirely inspired by another signature dish of Bengali cuisine – Prawn malai curry. […]

  • Steamed hilsa aka Bhapa ilish is one of my favorite dish among any hilsa cuisine and I simply can not get enough of this. Steamed hilsa (bhapa ilish) when soaked in rich yellow mustard (should be ground well to have a creamy look and consistency) and green chilli paste ,mixed with raw mustard oil looks highly appetizing. This is a very simple recipe, no brainer and hardly any seasonings required except salt and little turmeric to get that gorgeous color […]

    bhapa ilish

    Steamed hilsa aka Bhapa ilish is one of my favorite dish among any hilsa cuisine and I simply can not get enough of this. Steamed hilsa (bhapa ilish) when soaked in rich yellow mustard (should be ground well to have a creamy look and consistency) and green chilli paste ,mixed with raw mustard oil looks highly appetizing. This is a very simple recipe, no brainer and hardly any seasonings required except salt and little turmeric to get that gorgeous color […]

  • …continuing with the hilsa mania, last week we had a small hilsa festival at our home and I prepared the all time favorites – ilish macher paturi, bhapa ilish, and ilish mouli. It was a good catch weighing around 1.7 kg,  little over pricey but the taste was supreme. Well,  lets start with the hilsa fish head and tail.  The best recipe with fish head is ‘kochu saag diye ilish macher maatha‘ translate as fish head with Colocasia leaves. Those […]

    hilsa recipe

    …continuing with the hilsa mania, last week we had a small hilsa festival at our home and I prepared the all time favorites – ilish macher paturi, bhapa ilish, and ilish mouli. It was a good catch weighing around 1.7 kg,  little over pricey but the taste was supreme. Well,  lets start with the hilsa fish head and tail.  The best recipe with fish head is ‘kochu saag diye ilish macher maatha‘ translate as fish head with Colocasia leaves. Those […]

  • Well, 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‘).  […]

    hilsa Festival

    Well, 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‘).  […]

  • Monsoon is finally waning down from the Indian subcontinent and in the coming two-three weeks it will mellow down  to autumn with the onset of Navratri festivals and Durga Pujo. As per the Met reports, there was a significant decline in the amount of rainfall this year which brings woes to the farmers,  power sectors, water shortage,  commodity prices and many more. But there remains only one thing on every Bong foodies’ mind – the supply of Hilsa. Bengali’s romance […]

    Monsoon and Hilsa

    Monsoon is finally waning down from the Indian subcontinent and in the coming two-three weeks it will mellow down  to autumn with the onset of Navratri festivals and Durga Pujo. As per the Met reports, there was a significant decline in the amount of rainfall this year which brings woes to the farmers,  power sectors, water shortage,  commodity prices and many more. But there remains only one thing on every Bong foodies’ mind – the supply of Hilsa. Bengali’s romance […]