Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Bhapa Ilish (Steamed Hilsa)

·        Hilsa fish( washed and cut in to pieces as shown as in picture)-6 no
·        Lemon juice- 3 tbsp.
·        Salt-1/2 tsp.
·        Mustered paste- 1 tbsp.
·        Poppy seeds paste-1 tbsp.
·        Green chilli paste-1 no.
·        Mustered oil -3 tbsp.
·        Turmeric powder- 1 tsp.
·        Green chilli slices-2 nos.
·        Grated ginger-1/4 tsp.

·        Take clean and washed Hilsa fish pieces in a bowl.

·        Mix 1 tbsp. of lemon juice and little bit salt with fish pieces.
·        Leave it for 10 to 15 minutes maximum, then strain the marinated lemon salt water.
·        In a small container mix mustered paste, poppy seeds paste, green chilli paste, turmeric powder, salt, rest lemon juice and 1 tbsp. of oil.

·        Finally mix this prepared paste with fish pieces.

·        Add Coconut milk finally.

·        Now transfer this fish mixture in a big mouthed-heat proved container.
·        Then spread rest of the oil on it and keep green chilli slices on this mixture. Cover the container.
·        Steam it for 15 minutes.
(For steaming I used momo pot, you can use pressure cooker without its top knob that helps not to create whistle. In this case cover the container only)
·        After 15 minutes remove from heat.
·        So finally the classic Bengali dish is ready to serve with hot steamed rice.


  1. my mouth just watered by looking at this fish curry! love the color and spices!