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bhapa ilish hilsa

bhapa ilish . Steamed Hilsa

Ilish bhape or steamed hilsa is an age old recipe and one of the classic ilish recipe.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Author Sukanya Ghosh

Recipe Ingredients

  • Hilsa / Ilish : 4-6 pieces
  • Mustard paste : 12 tbsp see notr how to make mustard paste
  • Green chillies : 3-4 cut from the middle
  • Mustard oil : 2 ladle full or may be less if you want
  • Salt : just a pinch
  • Turmeric powder : a large pinch

Recipe Instructions

  1. Wash the Ilish fish once . Many do not prefer to wash the fish also as it will remove the blood and oil.
  2. Take a big steel box with lid and place the fish pieces, coated well with turmeric-salt and the mustard paste , next to each other neatly . Stacking one upon another might break the fish while serving.
  3. Pour the remaining mustard paste, mustard oil and the green chillies over the fish.
  4. Tightly close the lid and steam the fish in a steamer or pressure cooker or over water bath for 10-15 minutes.
  5. Serve hot with plain steamed rice.

Recipe Notes

How to make mustard paste - Soak 25 gm yellow mustard seeds and 5gm black mustard seeds for an hour.
Grind the mustard seeds with 2-3 green chillies. depending upon the hotness you prefer with a pinch of salt and turmeric.