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Monday, April 18, 2011

Sorshe Ilish/ Ilish Macher Jhal (Hilsa in Mustard Gravy)

    


Today I'm going to present a traditional Bengali dish called Sorshe Ilish (Hilsa with Mustard sauce). We Bengalis from both India and Bangladesh have a special affinity toward fish which forms a integral part of our diet. This Hilsa fish is mostly found in the Delta region of the Bay Of Bengal, where the river Ganges merges with the sea. As per taste, supposed to be the tastiest fish in this world. There are several methods of cooking this fish, however the most effective and tasty preparation is through cooking it with mustard oil. This is the key point as using any other oil would not bring out the awesome taste as compared to mustard oil. The pictures are below for you to judge and comment. Happy cooking !!!    
                                                                        
Ingredients:
4-5 pieces of Hilsa Fish / Ilish Mach 
2 tbsp Mustard powder 
1 tsp Turmeric powder
1/2 tsp Nigella seeds
1 tsp Red chilly powder
5-6 Green chillies
4 tbsp Mustard oil
Salt as per your taste
1 1/2 cups of Water


Method:
Rub the fish pieces with some salt and a pinch of turmeric powder and keep aside for 1/2 hour. Heat mustard oil in a cast iron wok and on smoking point gently slide the fish pieces into the oil. Lightly fry it from both the sides and keep aside.
If you are using mustard powder (I've used mustard powder in my case) soak 2 tbsp of mustard powder in lukewarm water along with a pinch of salt and green chilly for 10-15 minutes.
If you are using mustard seeds, then soak this in 2 tbsp of lukewarm water with green chilly and a pinch of salt for 10-15 minutes. Then grind till you get a smooth paste, strain the liquid from the residues and keep the mustard liquid aside for later use.
Heat the remaining oil and when it starts smoking and add nigella seeds. Add slit green chillies, red chilly powder, turmeric powder and pour in the already prepared paste. Add water and bring it to boil. Gently slide the fried fishes and adjust the salt as per taste. Cover with lid and let it cook on low flame for 10 minutes or until you get the desired consistency of the gravy. Garnish with slit green chilly and 1 tsp of mustard oil for that extra pungent flavor. Serve hot with steamed rice.
                                                                              
                                                                            
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44 comments:

  1. Looks so so good!!!! Loved this authentic dish..!!Tempting clicks :)
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

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  2. this fish looks like kingfish............nd the dish looks mouth watering.............

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  3. nice recipe bookmarked looks yummy

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  4. Always thought of making this....have seen in tv shows and food blogs...but never tried it...looks delectable.....carving for some right now....yeh toh bodha he yum che Deepa....:-)

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  5. looks lovely! would love to try it! Is there any other name for the Hilsa ? I wonder if I can find it here in Bangalore.

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  6. Making fish in mustard oil is simply irresistible...Looks so good and tempting..

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  7. wow!!! yummy fish mustard gravy, awesome clicks, sounds yum!! inviting pictures

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  8. What a lovely recipe, just using simple ingredients! Looks absolutely delicious & tempting! Congrats on your well deserved awards!

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  9. mouthwatering n delicious recipe..

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  10. Drooling at the sight of this yummy dish!

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  11. Wow! Love the fish coated in the gravy! Looks tempting!

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  12. Dear Deepa
    Let me congratulate you for presenting this traditional dish with great photographs and with minute details.
    I am going to try your way step by step..
    let me see what all I have missed
    have a nice week

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  13. Looks so rich and tasty... Would be great to have with rice.

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  14. Absolutely delicious...very tempting.

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  15. Simply drooling here, would love to have with some rice,yumm!

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  16. u r making me to drool on ur fish.love the pictures.

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  17. Makes me drool..yummy yummy fish curry.

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  18. Beautiful pictures.And fish curry look so delicious.

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  19. I love fish in any form..Delicious curry!! Perfect with rice!

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  20. This fish curry looks awesome Deepa, tempting for veggie like me.

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  21. I've never heard of nigella seeds- what do they taste like?

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  22. Yum! I love this fish preparation.Its so light and perfect for summer months.

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  23. Deepa,

    The pics have come out awesome. And I can imagine the taste of the dish. A bowl of steamed rice and this dish makes for a heavenly meal and you make me badly crave for it girl!!! Drooool...

    Regards,
    Seema
    amchi-bong-konnexion.blogspot.com
    seemabbas.blogspot.com

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  24. Sorse Illish dekhte khub sundar hoyechhe. kheteo khub sudar hoyechhe mone hochhe.

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  25. So very yummy Deepa....All time favourite, HILSAAAA....:)

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  26. This looks delicious. I have never cooked with mustard oil but would love to try it:)

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  27. Really darun dekhte hoyeche, Deepa, with thick gravy, want to grab the plate right now

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  28. Hi Deepa,
    Pls collect an award from my blog.

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  29. Wow Deepa! Looks just perfect!

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  30. Loved mustard fish...have tasted them several times, but never tried them myself. With this step by step instructions..am gonna try them real soon. Lovely pictures...tempting.

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  31. Looks very tempting....nice clicks...

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  32. Darun dekhte hoyeche.. dekhei khete ichha korche.. Ei weekend e banatei hochhe.. Thanks Deepa !!
    Bhalo Khabo

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  33. I have seen this many food blogs...got to try it sometimes..Looks wonderfully delicious

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  34. Wow what a classic. Being a veggie I make this with eggplant but hubby and I totally enjoy it with just some white rice.
    US Masala

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  35. Too yummy here Deeps! Am drooling and you are the cause for that ;)

    Pass me some please...:)

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  36. Thank you friends for your feedback
    C u

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  37. Visiting your blog is like a wonderful culinary adventure. Each time I'm here I get to see and learn about a something new :)) Super fish curry!

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  38. u making me miss home :( I don't get Ilish anywhere out here .. waiting for my India trip .. told Ma that I want ilish everyday ..!!!

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  39. Thanx deepa for linking this to hilsa festival...this yr am really missing it, this prep of yours is really terrific..love...love it I do it the same way..have brought some sunrise mustard pdr with me..nice substitute for shorshe bata

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  40. ilish shorshe....uff daruun preparation....love it completely though it takes time to eat ilish...but I simply love it.....your recipe is making me hungry now....will look for some ilish this weekend...thanks for commenting deepa....nice blog...following you :)
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