03 August, 2010

Bhappa Shorshe Ilish (Mustard Hilsa fish)

Being a Bengali I can't but love this dish. Authentic to East of India I am sure friends from Orissa, Assam & Bengal will drool at the sound of this dish.
Raw hilsa reference.


1 Ilish (Hilsha) fish, cut into steaks
2 tablespoon mustard (or ground mustard paste)
3 tablespoon white til paste
6 green chilies
1 teaspoon turmeric powder
2 tablespoons oil, mustard oil preferred
Salt to taste (approximately 1 tbsp salt)
Few sprigs of coriander leaves for garnish


Wash the fish well.
In a container mix the mustard paste, til paste, turmeric, 1tbsp of mustard oil and salt.
Bhappa ilish
Rub this paste on the fish steaks and put the fish in a steamer. Add the green chillies slit mid way on the fish. Add a dash of mustard oil (about  a tsp each) on the fish.
I'd use a set of pressure cooker partitions and set them one on top of the other with a lid on the top-most container.
Add about 1/4th cup water in the cooker and let the fish steam over medium heat till about the release of the first pressure.
Switch off. Let the pressure settle. 
Carefully transfer the fish into a serving dish. You could garnish this with a few sprigs of coriander spread over the dish.

Serve with hot steamed rice.


PranisKitchen said...

wow thats a very delicious fish curry..
one question what is this 3rd ingredient.pls clear.
very simple recipe

SuhaelAmrita said...

White til is also known as sesemi seeds. Hope this clears your doubt.

It is a very simple dish indeed and is extremely tasty. You can make this dish with pomfret and king prawns as well. Also in case you don't have sesemi you can add poppey seeds. Both these ingrediants help neutralise the sting of mustard. :) it's my way of cheating and yet keeping the dish as authentic as possible.

lecker and yummy recipes said...

Hi just happened to visit ur blog ! ur recent post caught hook of me ! i have eaten this "sarson" waali machli from one of my bengali friends in delhi. i still have the taste in my mouth ! thank you so much for sharing this...have been longing for this since 7 years !

SuhaelAmrita said...

Hi Reshmi.

That is a long wait and what a way to find out about the dish!

I really hope you feast on this dish soon...


The Ketchup Girl said...

oooooh la la!! We dont get fresh ilish here :(.

SuhaelAmrita said...

Oh, that's sad... No substitute works!

Nothing to match Ilish but you can make a variation with prawns or pomfret. Atleast it gives you the taste. :)

flaming coppercat said...

great blog...
i feel like trying to cook all these dishes!

PreeOccupied said...

Never made Ilish with "til". Dekhe lagche khub shundor khete hobe.

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